Celiac Disease Screening Program and Research Study

The Wm. K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease at the University of California, San Diego offers a low-cost celiac disease screening program for those in San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Click HERE for a printable program description and PDF application form.

What is Celiac Disease: Celiac Disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Purpose of this research study: We estimate that approximately 25,000 people in the San Diego area have celiac disease; however, 90% of these individuals have yet to be diagnosed. Our goal is to understand why individuals who are at high risk for celiac disease have not been screened and why so many people remain undiagnosed.

When: This low-cost celiac disease screening program is ongoing.

Who: Adults age 18 years and older who qualify based on the application [PDF version] or [Word version].

Where: A blood sample will be drawn during a brief appointment at an outpatient research center on the UCSD campus. No doctor visit is required, but you will be asked to complete a survey about your
background, medical history and reasons for seeking testing at the time of the blood drawing. The entire appointment should take approximately 20-30 minutes.

How much does it cost and what form of payment is accepted: Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. is providing the tTG blood tests for this program at a discounted price of $29.25. Patients will receive an invoice in the mail from Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. Payment will be due within 30 days. If payment is not received within 30 days, the patient will be responsible for the full price of the test ($45).

The Warren Celiac Center has no commercial/financial interest in Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.

How to apply:
Complete the application (below) and return it to the Warren Center. 

Word document  or
PDF fill-in document Must have Adobe Acrobat to save changes and submit file by e-mail. Can use Adobe Reader to complete document and print.

You can submit the completed application by any ONE of the following methods:

-Email application to celiaccenter@ucsd.edu

-FAX application to (858) 534-5691 (a cover sheet is not necessary)

-Send by regular mail to :

UCSD - Warren Celiac Center
Attn: Screening Program
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0623SD
La Jolla, CA 92093-0623

If you have any questions, contact the center at (858) 822-1022 or by email at celiaccenter@ucsd.edu.

NOTE: Once applications are received, someone will get back to you to discuss your application with you. This can take from 1-2 weeks.