1/3/19 - “A New Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease”

Terrence S. Dermody, MD
Vira L. Heinz Professor and Chair, Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director, UPMC Children's Hospital Pittsburgh

Brief Summary of Lecture: Celiac disease is a complex autoimmune disorder caused by dietary exposure to gluten protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Viral infections have been proposed as a trigger for celiac disease in genetically susceptible persons, but an underlying mechanism was unclear. Dr. Dermody will describe New York from his laboratory indicating that reovirus infection at the time of a newly introduced food can lead to the development of food-specific immune responses. These findings establish a link between a virus and indication of autoimmunity. 

Date & Time: Thursday, January 3, 8-9 a.m.



  • John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3 Conference Center
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224