2011 Research Appeal
With your help, we hope to raise $570,000 over three years to support ground breaking research that could result in huge advances in the knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of coeliac disease.
Some of the aims of this research include:
- To develop a better treatment for our children with coeliac disease. By studying the immune responses to gluten in children new treatments - such as the coeliac vaccine - can be designed.
- To establish effective treatments to prevent or control the acute “food poisoning” that can be experienced in coeliac disease following accidental gluten consumption.
- To develop a diagnostic test for coeliac disease that is effective in people already gluten free without requiring a prolonged gluten challenge and potentially avoid the need for an intestinal biopsy altogether.
Commencing in January 2012, this research will be undertaken by the Coeliac Research Team established by Dr Bob Anderson and Dr Jason Tye-Din at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australian researchers who are world leaders in the field.
"As a coeliac clinician I am constantly reminded of the daily challenges my patients with coeliac disease face – the ill health resulting from years of undiagnosed disease, struggling with the complexity and cost imposed by a strict and lifelong gluten free diet, and the fear of inadvertent gluten exposure with the often incapacitating symptoms that can result. The lifestyle impact on children and teens is substantial, and the distress of parents whose child is struggling to cope with the diagnosis is all too common. There is clearly a pressing need to develop better, more effective treatments for adults and children with coeliac disease, and an easier, more accurate way to make the diagnosis, particularly in people already gluten free. Our suite of research projects we would like you to support is focussed on achieving these goals. Your donations play a critical role in supporting the basic research required for new treatments and diagnostic tests. We are very grateful for your support, and I hope that we can continue our world-leading research to provide real breakthroughs to improve the lives of children and adults with coeliac disease. Thank you.” (Dr Jason Tye-Din)
Will you please consider making a donation today towards this vital research? Your donation will make a world of difference and donations are tax deductible.
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Coeliac Australia is delighted to announce that in 2011 it merged its activities with the Coeliac Research Fund. Both organisations share a common commitment to those diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and in particular support research into a cure. The Coeliac Research Fund Board believes that the merger will allow for a more effective vehicle to strengthen and support research in Australia.