Thanks to The Australian for this news! This April in Australia 40 volunteers with celiac disease will be tested with a new vaccine for 11 months in a preliminary study meant to determine whether or not the vaccine will harm them. If it doesn’t harm them, phase II will test whether the treatment is effective. Volunteers treated with the vaccine will eat foods with gluten while their immune and intestinal systems are examined.
“The therapy involves repeatedly injecting solutions of gluten at increasing concentrations. The aim is to desensitise the subjects slowly, in a similar way to hay fever and dust allergy desensitisation treatments.”
If this vaccine works, it will be the first time a person with celiac disease will be able to develop a tolerance to gluten. Clearly it will be years before the results of these experiments could possibly affect anyone in the States.