$40,000 for research into childhood coeliac disease

$40,000 for research into childhood coeliac disease

Virally infected cells
June 2015

Jane Davies and Jason Tye-Din with a big cheque
Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania President 
Margaret Clayton (L) and Dr Jason Tye-Din.

Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania has donated $40,000 to the institute to support studies into the under-researched area of childhood coeliac disease.

The donation will support projects by Dr Jason Tye-Din and his team to improve diagnostics and treatments that would be effective for both children and adults with coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is caused by an inappropriate immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. It affects 1 in 70 Australians, causing digestive symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, as well as fatigue, anaemia, and even an increased risk of cancer. The only treatment currently available is a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Improving patient outcomes

Dr Jason Tye-Din said the funding would support several projects. 

“Coeliac disease remains highly underdiagnosed and poorly managed,” Dr Tye-Din said.

“Among our current projects are studies to better understand how gluten affects children with coeliac disease, which can be quite different to adult disease. We are also establishing the mechanism for why symptoms occur, so the disabling symptoms caused by gluten can be better managed.”

Mrs Jane Davies, executive officer at Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania, said Dr Tye-Din had been an outstanding advocate for coeliac research in Australia. “Jason is the chair of Coeliac Australia’s medical advisory committee and is actively engaged in medical and public education on coeliac disease,” she said.

“This donation, made possible through a bequest to Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania, enables us to actively contribute to research into coeliac disease and support new discoveries for people with coeliac disease,” she said.