The University Of Maryland Center For Celiac Research (CFCR) was established as an impartial, non-profit organization to improve the lifestyle of Celiacs through scientific research. As many of you know, we are presently conducting a nationwide six center serological study to determine the prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States.

Scott Adams’ call for "... a conference among the different Celiac organizations to reach an agreement on what is safe and what is not?" sound like a reasonable approach to at least beginning the discussions essential to resolving this very difficult problem. Ann Whelan, in her May-June issue of "Gluten-free Living" enclosed an insert entitled "Time to Act...Unite Now". Maybe this single issue is a good place to start.

We at the CFCR would like to offer our impartial auspices in putting together such a "Celiac Food Forum". Inviting food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, support group leaders and interested Celiacs from the United States, Canada and other countries to discuss in open forum these very important issues.

Please let us know if you think we may be of service by responding to Bob Levy, CFCR Volunteer, via his e-mail address "bobolevy@erols.com" or by calling him at 410-486-0292.

Dr. Alessio Fasano and Dr. Karoly Horvath, Co-Medical Directors - University Of Maryland Center For Celiac Research.

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