International Society of Studies on Celiac Disease

The International Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (ISSCD) is a non-profit organisation of professionals working in the field of celiac disease and gluten-mediated human disease.


Professor David S Sanders - President of the ISSCD

David Sanders is a professor of gastroenterology and a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the University of Sheffield, UK. He is fortunate to work as part of the Sheffield Gastroenterology Team which has been recognized for its standards of care; In 2014 the team won one of the SAGE awards (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) for its primary care and gastrointestinal bleed unit services. Professor Sanders has chaired both the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Small Bowel and Nutrition Section (2006 - 2012) and the BSG Audit Committee (2010 -2013). He is the current Chair of the Coeliac UK Health Advisory Council

Professor Knut Lundin – Treasurer

Knut Lundin is professor of medicine and head of clinical education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. He is further a consultant gastroenterologist at the endoscopy unit at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet. He completed his scientific training at the Institute of Immunology with a MD degree in cellular immunology in 1990. He has, since the mid 1980s, worked together with Professor Ludvig M. Sollid on the immunobiology and clinical aspects of the small intestine with particular focus on coeliac disease.

Dr Bana Jabri

Dr Jabri is a professor in the departments of medicine, pathology, and pediatrics at The University of Chicago Medical Center and is a member of the Committee on Immunology. She is also co-director of The University of Chicago Digestive Disease Research Core Center and has directed the research team at The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center since 1999. Dr Jabri has also been awarded the coveted Warren Prize for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research—a first for anyone in the United States.

Professor Frits Koning

Professor Koning has worked in the department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), since 1993. He is the Chairman of the scientific advisory board of the LUMC and the CEO of the Dutch Celiac Disease Consortium in which immunologists, geneticists, food specialists and medical doctors collaborate with industrial partners to improve the quality of life of patients with coeliac disease. Professor Koning was involved in the founding of the International Society for Study of Celiac Disease in 2011 and the European Society for Study of Celiac Disease in 2015.

Dr Luisa Mearin

Dr Mearin is a paediatric gastroenterologist and associated professor of paediatrics at the University of Leiden and leads the Unit of Paediatric Gastroenterology, the Leiden University Medical Center and the Free University Medical Center, Amsterdam. She is a member of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Dr Mearin has coordinated several national and international collaborative studies on celiac disease, among them, the European multicentre study on coeliac disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the European platform for research on prevention and treatment of celiac disease: a multidisciplinary approach to integrate basic scientific knowledge in clinical applications and food industry.

Dr Govind Makharia

Dr Makharia is the additional professor at the Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is a governing council member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology and a member of the Indian Council of Medical Research Task Force on celiac disease. His current research interests in celiac disease are multicenter prevalence estimation of celiac disease, markers for detection of villous atrophy, tight junction physiology and metagenomics in celiac disease. He is currently involved in the organisation of the ICDS, 2017, New Delhi, India.

Professor Christophe Cellier

Christophe Cellier is professor of gastroenterology at the René Descartes University and head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital, both in Paris, France. He is the coordinator of the French national network for patients with difficult malignant complications (refractory sprue and lymphoma) supported by INCA the French Cancer Institute. Professor Cellier was a former president of the French Digestive Endoscopy Society is the current President of the French Celiac Disease Study Group and a member of the research unit of intestinal immunology, INSERM, Paris, France.

Dr Pavel Drastich

Dr Drastich is the associate professor in the Hepatogastroenterology Department of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic. He is active in the field of endoscopy in celiac patients and his research interests include markers of celiac disease in patients with liver diseases.