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Your Diet and Your Immune System: The Example of Celiac Disease

Speaker: Chaitan Khosla, Stanford University
Series: Wilhelm Lectures
Location: Friend Center Convocation Room
Date/Time: Monday, September 16, 2013, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Celiac disease is an inheritable T-cell-driven disorder of the small intestine that is triggered by gluten, a ubiquitous and nutritionally important protein source in the human diet. Chemical approaches have enabled new insights into the pathogenesis of this widespread but overlooked disease. Not only are these insights providing a fundamental glimpse into the interplay between our diets and the immune system, but they are also being translated into disease-specific therapeutic approaches. Selected examples of fundamental as well as translational advances in the chemical biology of celiac disease will be discussed.