New Center for Pediatric IBD and Celiac Disease

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This year the awareness month is extra special at Stanford Children’s Health as it coincides with the recent announcement of our new Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Celiac Disease.

A Transformative Gift

Thanks to a $70 million transformative gift by an anonymous donor, we are inspired to build the nation’s destination center for innovation in pediatric IBD and celiac disease care and research. We are privileged to partner with world-renowned scientists in microbiome science, human immunology, genetics, epithelial biology, biomedical engineering, and data science to further our understanding of the root causes of IBD and celiac disease in children, advance precision medicine, and develop the treatments of tomorrow. Funding from this new gift, along with our NIH-and foundation-funded research programs, enables us to expand engagement of key program partners, increase access to more patients, and advance our use of data and innovative technologies to fundamentally improve the care of children confronting IBD and celiac disease.

World-class Collaboration

We are eager to leverage our relationships and collaborate closely with physician-scientists across the country and globe to bring together our collective knowledge, share data, and synchronize approaches to improve diagnosis and treatment. We are already doing this through our involvement in the Celiac Kids North American collaborative research group, by leading the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s landmark initiative, the new multicenter Cohort for Pediatric Translational and Clinical Research in IBD (CAPTURE IBD), and through our active participation in the 100-plus-center ImproveCareNow learning collaborative. This work can make a real difference in the coming years by improving our ability to personalize treatment, curating biospecimens and patient-reported outcomes data for the world’s investigators, and developing clear guidance on which drugs are safest and most effective for each child.

Our center is providing exceptional care and giving children with IBD and celiac disease from birth to age 22 the chance to live full and productive lives. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment options, with advanced clinical immunology and genetics, as well as unique nutritional, mental health, and integrative therapy support.

Dedicated Celiac Disease Program

Our premier care is evidence-based, family-centered, individualized, and interdisciplinary so that children with celiac disease can achieve wellness and improved quality of life. Our expert care team is available to provide information about the nutritional, psychosocial, and medical aspects of celiac disease, including how to live and thrive on a gluten-free diet. Our dedicated celiac disease program is built by a team of providers – from pediatric gastroenterologists to dietitians and psychologists–who specialize in caring for and transforming the lives of children with celiac disease. Learning a child has celiac disease can be overwhelming, but our expert team is here to help families through the journey. Learn more about celiac disease, and help us spread awareness throughout May, by visiting celiacdisease.stanfordchildrens.org.

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