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Professional Advisory BoardCanadian Celiac AssociationPAB Activities 2006

Dr. Connie M. Switzer MD, FRCPC, FRCPC

Clinical Professor of Medicine

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


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Canadian Celiac Association

Mission Statement

  • The CCA is a national organization dedicated to providing service and support to persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis through programs of awareness, advocacy, education and research

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Role of PAB

  • Accountable to CCA through BoD

  • Membership by nomination at the discretion of the BoD on recommendation of PAB

  • Advisory role to BoD and CCA

  • Assist BoD and CCA in mandate of promoting wellness of persons with CD & DH

  • Advocacy role

    • For pts with CD/DH

    • For the CCA through variety of contacts

  • Research role – reviewing grant applications and awards also in facilitating research

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Members of Celiac PAB

Dietitian Members

  • Shelley Case, BSc, RD

  • Mavis Molloy, BSc, M. Ad. Ed., RD

  • Marion Zarkadas, BSc, MSc

    Cereal Chemist/Grain Expert

  • Dr. Vern Burrows C.M., PhD, FAIC, PAg

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Members of Celiac PAB

Physician Members

  • Dr. D. Butzner

  • Dr. M. Rashid

  • Dr R. Warren

  • Dr. Connie M. Switzer (Chair)


  • Dr T. Murray, Alexandra Anca

    BoD Liaison: Jean Eldershaw

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PAB – Education & Awareness

  • >40 - Educational presentations

    • Local Events

    • National Conferences & Symposia

    • International Conferences

    • Participation in CAG Consensus on Wait times

  • Media presentations

  • Many peer reviewed publications including CCHS

  • Posters at 12th International Celiac Symposium

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Role of PAB - Research

  • Resource experts

  • Advise CCA on current research directions

  • Advise CCA: aspects of Research Awards

    • Dr. J.A. Campbell Research Award

    • Young Investigator Award

  • Encourage research initiatives

  • Advise CCA re: options for research funding

  • Publication of Canadian Celiac Health Survey

  • Advise CCA re: innovative approaches to share researchinformation

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Canadian Celiac Health Survey

  • Adult paper now published in “Digestive Diseases and Sciences”

  • Health survey questionnaire requested by several international research groups

  • Several abstracts at major meetings

  • Oral presentations at National CAG Consensus on waiting times related to Celiac disease

  • Presentation of CCHS at research days and forums for physicians

  • Numerous citations of CCHS data at several meetings including CAG CDDW 2006

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On “Pubmed” round the world

“Beautiful paper, long due.  I am pretty sure that this contribution will have a terrific impact on celiac disease awareness. Congratulations to you and all the other authors!”Alessio (Dr Fassano) February 25th, 2007 e-mail to Shelley Case

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Celiac disease:

Evaluation of the diagnosis and dietary compliance in Canadian children

Pediatrics 2005 Dec; 116: e754 - e759

Article available to public at

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The impact of a gluten-free diet on adults with coeliac disease:

results of a national survey

J Hum Nutr Diet 2006 Feb;19:41-49

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PAB Projects disease:

  • “Oats and Celiac Disease – Guidelines for Physicians and Patients”

  • Review of “Hidden and Dangerous” pamphlet

  • CCA response to CODEX

  • Draft review of HC position statement on Oats and Celiac Disease

  • Lobbying for improved food labelling – you can help too –

  • Pocket dictionary – 2nd printing

  • “Ask the Expert” column CCA newsletter

  • Content input “Blood tests for Celiac Disease”

  • CCA Health Professionals Resource Kit

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PAB Advisory Role disease:

  • Advise the CCA on “pure & uncontaminated oats”

  • Advise CCA on PAVENA trademark

  • Review/advise the CCA on information projects

  • Create guidelines for Celiac Disease Diagnosis and Treatment for provincial medical associations

  • Review Research grant applications

    • Young investigator Award

    • Dr. JA Campbell Award

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Celiac Disease Screening Tests: Are They Being Used Appropriately?

Kelly E McGowan*, Rachael W McKenna, Martha E Lyon, J Decker Butzner

ASG Sept 2005


*CCA Young Investigator Award Winner 2005

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PAB Communication Appropriately?

  • Liaison with BoD/CCA

    • Kenn Tuckey

    • Jean Eldershaw

    • Jim McCarthy

  • Meetings

    • Regular teleconferences - committee work

  • Annual Meeting

    • National Conference Toronto 2006

    • National Conference Moncton 2007

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CCA PAB Summary Appropriately?

  • In the rear view mirror is 2006:

    • Busy year

    • Innovative year

    • Productive year

  • Through the front window is 2007:

    • Many projects in evolution

    • Look forward with enthusiasm to new challenges and opportunities

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Thought for 2007 Appropriately?

  • “Together……We’re making a difference

  • Ensemble…..Nous ferons la différence”

  • Delta Beausejour Hotel….May 27th, 2007

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Thank you and Appropriately?See you in Victoria 2008