2009 Conference
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2009 Presenters & Schedule
32nd Annual CSA Conference

 Presenters Include:

Peter H. R. Green, MD
Columbia University Department of Medicine
New York, NY
Thursday, October 29, 2009: Grand rounds at St. Vincent's Hospital
"Updates on Celiac Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  1. Discuss epidemiology of celiac disease
  2. Discuss updates on diagnosis of celiac disease
  3. Discuss new potential therapies for celiac disease


Rodney Ford, MD
Professor of Pediatrics University of Otago
Otago, New Zealand
"The Gluten Syndrome: A Neurological Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
8:30 am – 9:30 am

  1. Discuss the wider context of gluten harm
  2. Describe various test available to diagnose gluten problems
  3. Specify when to start someone on a gluten free diet


Mark A. Dinga, MEd, RD, LDN
UPMC Nutrition Services, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Heart Healthy Eating with Celiac Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
9:45 am – 10:45 am

  1. Discuss why people with celiac disease are at potential risk for cardiovascular disease and weight gain
  2. Describe why it’s important for individuals with celiac disease to eat more heart-healthy
  3. Review the food label and how to select foods properly for heart-health utilizing these guidelines
  4. Describe the nutritional composition of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) diet and how to adapt the gluten-free diet to meet these guidelines
  5. Discuss Food Guide Pyramid and how food portions relate to heart-healthy diet and weight management


Francisco Leon, MD, PhD
Alba Therapeutics Corporation
Baltimore, Maryland
"Clinical Trial Research in Celiac Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
10:45 am – 11:45 am

  1. Discuss updates on clinical trial research in celiac disease


Denise A. Copelton, PhD
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Brockport, New York
"Living with Celiac Disease: Insights from a Social Scientist"
Friday, October 30, 2009
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

  1. Describe the challenges faced by those following a gluten-free diet
  2. Describe how people face these challenges via strategies of avoidance and activist strategies
  3. Recognize why people do not always respond to challenges in manner consistent with dietary guidelines


Michelle L. Sullivan, DO
Bill Sullivan, DO, Attorney at Law Sullivan
Medical Clinic
Frankfort, Illinois
"Current Issues in Celiac Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

  1. Review legal issues related to celiac disease
  2. Discuss differential diagnosis of continuing symptoms in gluten-free celiac patients
  3. Discuss raising a celiac family


Vijay Kumar, PhD
President/CEO IMMCO Diagnostics
Buffalo, New York
"Laboratory Methods of Diagnosing Celiac Disease"
Friday, October 30, 2009
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

  1. Discuss laboratory methods used for diagnosis of celiac disease 


David C. Sands, PhD
Professor of Plant Pathology, Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana
"New Gluten-Free Grains and the Technology Behind Them"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
8:00 am – 9:00 am

  1. Identify 'nutrient dense foods'
  2. Describe new foods for the celiac diet
  3. Discuss genetically enhanced foods 


Diana Stuber, MA, RD, CDE
Nutrition Educator, Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York
"Diabetes and Celiac Disease"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
9:00 am – 10:00 am

  1. Identify key indicators for risk of celiac disease in people with diabetes
  2. Describe factors important to development of healthy meal plans for people with both diabetes and celiac disease
  3. Describe factors that challenge the dietary management of the combined diagnosis of diabetes and celiac disease 


Anne R. Lee, MSEd RD, LD
Schar Director of Nutritional Services
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Gluten Free Lifestyle: Challenges and Solutions"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
10:00 am – 11:00 am

  1. Identify safe gluten free foods and safe alternative grains
  2. List the nutritional benefits of alternative grains in the gluten-free diet
  3. Identify three methods of incorporating alternative grains in the gluten free diet 


Mary Schluckebier, MA
CSA Executive Director
Seward, Nebraska
"Stop the Confusion – Multiple Meanings for Key Terms"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  1. Recognize the vocabulary of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet including the inconsistencies from multiple definitions, use patterns and intents
  2. Interpret the terminology related to celiac disease based upon source and validity.
  3. Use terminology accurately for effective communication with the medical community, food companies, celiacs /families and the public in general 


Dennis Vidmar, MD
Dermatology Associates Of Erie
Erie, Pennsylvania
"Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy and the Skin: More than Skin Deep"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
3:15 – 4:15 pm

  1. Discuss the role of dermatologists in recognizing Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy (GSE)
  2. Discuss the management of skin aspects of GSE
  3. Discuss the relationship of dermatologist with primary care providers and specialist.


Veronica Alicea, RD, MBA
Consultant Dietitian
Bridgewater, New Jersey
"Gluten Free Diets for Acute and Residential Care Facilities"
Sunday, November 1, 2009
9:00 am – 10:00 am

  1. Identify at least 2 ways to find quality residential facilities
  2. Describe 2 departments beside the kitchen that need to be aware of gluten-free dietary needs
  3. Select a meal plan using macro and micro nutrient needs
  4. Describe a care plan and how to resolve issues


Mimi Waldman, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Penn State University
Erie, Pennsylvania
"Who Feeds You: Care for the Caregiver"
Sunday, November 1, 2009
10:00 am – 11:00 am

  1. Describe role strain and role conflict
  2. Recognize the importance of adequate self-care
  3. Identify at least 1 activity to utilize in promoting positive self-care and emotional well-being


Speaker Panel and Evaluation
Veronica Alicia RD, MBA; Mimi Waldman, MSN, PMHCNS-BC; Mary Schluckebier, MA;
David Sands, PhD; Michelle Sullivan, DO; William Sullivan, DO
Sunday November 1, 2009
11:00 am - 11:45 am

  1. Interpret and clarify information presented at the conference