Mission and Purpose

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Mission and Purpose

Accelerating diagnosis, treatments, and a cure for celiac disease and non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity through research, education, and advocacy. 

Since its founding in 1990, the Celiac Disease Foundation has funded and executed national initiatives in three principal areas to bring an end to the suffering caused by celiac disease: medical research, patient and healthcare provider education, and public policy advocacy.

Research Initiatives

  • Collaborate with physicians, dietitians, mental health professionals, researchers, and industry, as well as retail manufacturers, medical societies, associations, and colleges, to expand research output and to better understand, and ultimately cure, celiac disease.
  • Fund researchers at academic medical research centers nationwide to advance knowledge of the causes, progression, and consequences of celiac disease through partnership with the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (NASSCD).
  • Market and maintain iCureCeliac®, the largest and ever-growing celiac disease patient registry, supporting the search for outcome-driven treatments and a cure by facilitating patient-centered research.
  • Recruit patients through iCureCeliac® to participate in clinical trials, studies, and focus groups to accelerate the development of celiac disease therapeutic treatments and better diagnostic tools.
  • Drive participation in clinical trials to further the development of drugs and treatments through the CDF Clinical Trial Finder.

Education Initiatives

Advocacy Initiatives

  • Recruit and train a national network of Celiac Disease Patient Advocates to engage as active partners in the research process and to speak on behalf of the three million Americans suffering from celiac disease to the researcher and public policy communities.
  • Educate policymakers about the critical unmet needs of people with celiac disease.
  • Collaborate with federal and state policymakers to establish and expand programs for people with celiac disease.
  • Broaden and strengthen the outreach of CDF’s grassroots advocacy network to secure urgently needed funding for outcomes-driven research and education programs.

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