An invitation to participate in the 19th edition of the



30th September – 3rd October 2021, Sorrento, Italy


Celiac disease is the most frequent intolerance. It is an intolerance to gluten, which can be found in some cereals such as wheat, barley and rye. It manifests itself in genetically predisposed subjects and damages the intestinal mucosa, causing highly variable clinical manifestations. From the classic framework of intestinal malabsorption (diarrhea, vomiting, growth retardation), to extra-intestinal forms (short stature, iron deficiency anemia, puberal delays, osteoporosis), to completely asymptomatic forms.

Celiac disease affects 1% of the worldwide population. In Italy, according to the latest parliament report, there are 198,427 celiacs, of whom 2/3 are female and 1/3 male. Faced with an expected prevalence of 1%, there is a problem of under diagnosis, as only 1 out of 7 individuals are correctly diagnosed, while the majority of celiac patients are not diagnosed. Therapy is dietary.

The great prevalence, the under diagnosis, the social impact, the scientific interest (celiac disease is a model for the study of autoimmunity in general), make it a topic of great interest for doctors, researchers, for the sector of Biomedical diagnostics and for the food industry.

These different sectors meet on a worldwide level every 2 years. The 19th international Symposium on Celiac Disease (ICDS) will take place in Sorrento in October 2021. About 1000 people from all over the world are expected to participate, including pediatricians, gastroenterologists, researchers, nurses, dieticians and representatives of patient associations.

In the spirit of collaboration which has always characterized the relationship between the medical and the scientific world (diagnostic, pharmaceutical and food sectors) we invite you to be present and contribute to this event. We will be happy to meet you, together with the organizing secretariat, to illustrate the various participation opportunities.


Professor Riccardo Troncone



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