Much of the gluten-free community will be familiar with Dr. Alessio Fasano. He’s well-known and well-regarded in the world of celiac disease and gluten-intolerance. Last month he received one of the highest honors in pediatric gastroenterology from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Dr. Fasano was born in Salerno, Italy. In 1996 he founded the Centre for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He and his research team at the Centre have given us a better understanding of celiac disease. It was in 2003 that they released results of their epidemiological study. This placed the prevalence of celiac disease amongst people in the United States higher than previously thought, a rate of 1 in 133 people.

Dr. Fasano received the Shwachman Award for making major, life long scientific or educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition in North America.

“Alessio Fasano has provided enormous insight into our field,” said Dr. W. Alan Walker, former president of NASPGHAN. “His entrepreneurial approach to problems related to pediatric gastroenterology has moved the field forward in many directions. We now have a better understanding of celiac disease, as well as the beginning of understanding how the gut contributes to autoimmunity.”

In addition to this most recent award, Dr. Fasano has received many other awards and made many presentations worldwide relating to celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

Congratulations to Dr. Fasano!

Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller.