Celiac Disease Foundation
Annual Education Conference & Food Faire held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles/Universal City
was a huge success!!
The CDF Annual Education Conference & Food Faire 2011 provided the nearly 700 attendees with a greater understanding of Celiac disease, associated conditions, gluten sensitivity, dietary compliance, future therapies and the effect on family members. They had the opportunity to network and meet with exhibitors, sample and discover the latest gluten-free foods and services, as well as share experiences with other attendees. It was an exceptional day of gluten-free food, educational facts and fun!
They came, they spoke, they inspired....
Our featured speakers were two of the world's leading Celiac disease experts!
Opening the formal program was our Keynote Speaker
Alessio Fasano, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics Medicine, Physiology,
Director Mucosal Biology Research Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine,
Medical Director, Center for Celiac Research (CFCR), University of Maryland
Following Dr. Fasano was
Martin F. Kagnoff, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus,
Director, Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology,
Director, William K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease,
University of California San Diego
Throughout the day, other speakers and breakout sessions leaders included
Robyn Karlstadt, M.D., MACG
Vice President, Scientific Leader, Gastrointestinal Business Unit
SHIRE—a global specialty pharmaceutical company
Motivational Speaker and Author of numerous books including
Living Gluten-Free for Dummies 2nd Edition and Gluten-Free Kids 2nd Edition
Founder R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
Carol Fenster, Ph.D.
President/Founder Savory Palate, Inc.
Internationally-recognized expert and Award-winning Author of gluten-free/allergy-free cookbooks
TV personality and host of "The Missing Ingredient"
The art of living gluten-free - food, health & wellness
CDF Young Adult Ambassador—Elite triathlete and Wilhelmina model
U.S. Paralympic cyclist and former U.S. Paralympic swimmer
Alicia Calvo, MPH, RD, CDE
Evette Richardson, RD, MS, CFT
The Conference was also the occasion to present the
2011 Champion of Celiac Disease Awareness Award
This year's recipient was Carrie Owen, Founder, Team Gluten-Free™
Adding to the excitement of the day was the presentation by RedBrick Pizza of their corporate donation in support of the CDF Celiac Children's Camp!
The daytime activities culminated with a dinner event where attending guests had the chance to honor Dr. Alessio Fasano for his dedication in making a difference in the lives of people with Celiac disease.
A delicious gluten-free dinner was served, accompanied by wine courtesy of Royal Wine Corp. and gluten-free beer compliments of Bard's Tale Beer Co.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR
2011 CONFERENCE SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS!!