San Diego Gluten Free Restaurants

A list of restaurants that serve gluten-ree meals is available at the following site.


Gluten-Free Labeling
Final Rule

FDA has issued a final rule to define the term "gluten-free" for voluntary use in the labeling of foods.


2011 Warren Prize Winner

Frits Koning, Ph.D., head of the Immunochemistry Section in the Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the Netherlands, is recipient of the 2011 William K. Warren, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research.  Professor Koning was presented with the award by Mr. William K. Warren, Jr. and gave the 2011 Warren Prize Lecture, "Celiac Disease: How complicated can it get?", on June 3, 2011.

Lectures Available online

The Warren Celiac Center has held a series of free community lectures over the past few years. They were filmed, and aired on UCSD-TV. They are also available for online viewing at UCSD-TV and on Below are the links for each year's program and a program description.

2010 Community Lecture: "Celiac Disease and Gluten: Facts, Fiction & Controversies
Date: November 2, 2010


Program Description
Celiac disease is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder of the small intestine triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder of the small intestine triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. With symptoms that vary from person to person, it's a disease that often remains undiagnosed. Join Martin Kagnoff, one of the country's leading authorities in Celiac disease research, Kimberly Newton, a pediatric gastroenterologist, and dietitian Shawna McNally for a detailed discussion about the disease and its many misconceptions.

2008 Community Lecture: "Understanding Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity: Your Gut Reaction
Date: October 28, 2008


Program Description:
Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the small intestine triggered by the consumption of gluten, a dietary protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is estimated that 85% of the people in the U.S. with celiac disease remain undiagnosed. In this program, experts from the Wm. K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease at UCSD help us to understand this disease. Martin F. Kagnoff, M.D., one of the country's leading authorities, and director of the center, discusses the role of various tests in diagnosis, how celiac disease affects the body, as well as gluten intolerance and wheat allergy in the absence of celiac disease. Kimberly P. Newton, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterologist and director of the pediatric celiac clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, covers special aspects of celiac disease in children. The Center's former dietitian shares how to keep celiac disease under control with a gluten-free diet.

2007 Community Lecture: "What You Need to Know About Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet
Date: September 19, 2007


Program Description:
Can bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust make you sick?   The answer for 1 out of 100 people in the U.S. is yes. For this group, celiac disease, a frequently misdiagnosed digestive condition, is the cause. Join us for a thorough overview of the disease featuring recognized experts in the field presented by UCSD’s Wm. K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease.  Speakers include: Martin F. Kagnoff, M.D., one of the country’s leading authorities in Celiac Disease research, presenting on how this disease affects the body.  Gregory S. Harmon, M.D., Gastroenterologist, covers diagnosis and treatment.  The Center's former dietitian shares how to keep the disease under control with a gluten-free diet.  

For more information, click [HERE] for the UCSD-TV website.


Research Article

"Barriers impeding serologic screening for celiac disease in clinically high-prevalence populations"
Erika M Barbero, Shawna L McNally, Michael C Donohue and Martin F Kagnoff


Press Release

The study, “TLR3, TRIF, and Caspase 8 Determine Double-Stranded RNA-Induced Epithelial Cell Death and Survival in Vivo,” shows that double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which is characteristic of certain viral infections, activates a Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) signaling pathway in the intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) that line the small intestine and results in the death of those cells. IECs form the surface lining of small intestinal villi, which are finger-like projections that increase the surface area available for the absorption of nutrients from digested food. It is those IECs that are the targets of the dsRNA-induced cell death, which results in shortening of the villi and diarrhea. Disorders of the small intestine, such as celiac disease and certain intestinal virus infections (e.g. Rotavirus infection) are characterized by villus shortening in the small intestine and abnormalities in the absorption of nutrients. Epithelial cell death occurred by a process known as apoptosis, which is a type of programmed cell death. Importantly, despite these dramatic changes to the small intestine, the damage to the small intestinal structure was transient, since mice exposed to dsRNA survived and intestinal structure returned to normal within 48 hours. The researchers found that signaling induced by dsRNA occurred through TLR3 and the adaptor molecule TRIF and was preceded by increased activation of caspase 3 and 8 in the epithelial cells. Those caspases are enzymes that mediate apoptosis by cleaving cellular proteins. The scientists discovered that mice lacking TLR3 or its downstream adaptor TRIF were completely protected from dsRNA-induced IEC apoptosis. Further, they demonstrated that caspase 8 signaling in IECs was required for IEC apoptosis and recovery from villus shortening as mice lacking caspase 8 in IECs developed complete epithelial destruction in the small intestine and died. This finding suggests that intact caspase 8 signaling in the epithelium serves a protective function in response to dsRNA-activated signaling. They showed that IEC apoptosis was independent of other signaling mechanisms, leading the researchers to conclude that dsRNA activation of the TLR3-TRIF-caspase 8 signaling pathway in IECs has a significant impact on the structure and function of small intestinal mucosa. The authors suggest that signaling through this pathway may play a protective role during infection with viral pathogens, whereby increased IEC death and fluid loss may result in reduced viral load in the small intestine. Other contributors to the study include first author Christopher S. McAllister, and Omar Lakhdari, Guillaume Pineton de Chambrun, Mélanie G. Gareau, Alexis Broquet, Gin Hyug Lee, Steven Shenouda, and Lars Eckmann. The study was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants DK35108 and DK80506 and by a grant from the William K. Warren Foundation.

Celiac Disease Screening/Research Study

Community Screening Program/Research Study for Celiac Disease -*THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED

San Diego Gluten-Free Expo 2013

Keep visiting our website for more information about this event.

San Diego Gluten-Free Expo 2011

Check out the video from San Diego Gluten-Free Expo 2011:

Youtube Links:

Glutten Free Expo 2011 Dr Kagnoff- Ch 6

Gluten Free for the Holidays KSWB

Gluten Free Foods NBC San Diego 2

Gluten Free Expo With Heather KSWB

KUSI News San Diego CA Glutten-Free Expo

Going Gluten Free KSWB

Gluten Free In SD KSWB

Dr. Kagnoff at the San Diego Gluten-Free Expo

Testing for Celiac Disease

Click [HERE] for a one-page printable PDF document on testing for celiac disease.


National Institutes of Health - Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign ( From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Educational Materials and Resources

Testing for Celiac Disease (for providers) [HTML]
Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Skin Manifestation of Celiac Disease [HTML]
What I need to know about Celiac Disease [HTML]
What I Need to Know about Celiac Disease (Spanish) [HTML]
Celiac Disease -A fact sheet [HTML]
The Gluten Free Diet - Some Examples [HTML file]
Celiac Disease: What You Need to Know [HTML]
NIH Consensus Statement on Celiac Disease [HTML]

Celiac Disease Campaign Newsletter
Current edition [LINK]


(2012) Can Consumers Trust Web-Based Information About Celiac Disease?

Read more about the recently published journal title "Can Consumers Trust Web-Based Information About Celiac Disease? Accuracy, Comprehensiveness, Transparency, and Readability of Information on the Internet"

Authors: McNally SL, Donohue MC, Newton KP, Ogletree SP, Conner KK, Ingegneri SE, Kagnoff MF Can Consumers Trust Web-Based Information About Celiac Disease? Accuracy, Comprehensiveness, Transparency, and Readability of Information on the Internet Interact J Med Res 2012;1(1):e1


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About Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is an immune-mediated disorder that affects primarily the gastrointestinal tract in individuals of all ages. The classic description of a child with Celiac Disease was one who was irritable, with profound abdominal distention, gluteal wasting, and failure to thrive or in adults, profound malabsorption and weight loss.

It is now recognized that Celiac Disease affects other organ systems causing disease without overt GI symptoms, which adds a diagnostic challenge to healthcare providers caring for patients with Celiac Disease.

It is important to consider the diagnosis when faced not only with patients who present with GI symptoms, but also additional non-intestinal symptoms that do not respond reasonably to conventional type therapies.


For a printable PDF file with information on San Diego Area Celiac Disease Support Groups, click [here]

For information about local meetings, speakers, special events, activities, etc, go to

Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)

Celiac Sprue Association/USA San Diego Chapter #57
Website :

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), Temecula Chapter

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), Hemet Chapter
Email:Jenny Darby,
This group meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Red Robin (1900 W. Florida Avenue Hemet, CA 92545)

Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.), San Diego Chapter

Teens Against Gluten (T.A.G.), San Diego
website: http://kickstartwellness.shutter

Contact:Julie Bradley;

National Support Groups:

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)
To find a support group in your area of the country, click on Local Support
For a list of Celiac Disease Centers and experts across the United States, click [here]

Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.)
National website:
National Email:

Celiac Sprue Association