Every fall The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center holds a free, celiac blood screening day to test people who are at risk for celiac disease. Each year they test nearly 500 participants, who come to the University of Chicago from all over the country. Many of the participants would not otherwise have had access to celiac disease testing, either because their doctors refused to carry out the tests, their insurance would not cover the cost or they were uninsured altogether.
You are eligible for the free blood screening if you are at risk for celiac disease.
Pre-registration for the screening is essential. You may register by calling the Celiac Disease Center office at (773) 702-7593 for the next screening on October 6, 2007. Registration opens on August 15, 2007. They will require a brief phone consultation before you register, to determine your eligibility.
The blood screening is held on the 4th Floor of the University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. The test performed is the tTG-IgA, or anti-tissue transglutaminase test. This test is the most sensitive screening test available for celiac disease.
The The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center will host its annual free blood screening on Saturday, October 6, 2007 from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. They will also host an interactive panel of experts for a brief presentation and Q&A at 11am.