/R E P E A T -- Celiac disease: a silent epidemic/

    MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Researchers from CHU Sainte-Justine are
initiating a study on the genetic epidemiology of celiac disease among
500 Québec families. Celiac disease is the most common genetic disorder in
North America and Europe. It is caused by a permanent intolerance to gluten
and leads to inflammatory destruction of the small intestine, which is
responsible for absorption of food. It is estimated that about
76 000 Quebecers and more than 300 000 Canadians have the disease.

    Soeur Angèle, spokesperson for the Québec Celiac Foundation for 2008,
Dr. Claude Roy, gastroenterologist and Dr. Idriss Saiah, immunology researcher
at the CHU Sainte-Justine research centre, will be holding a press conference
on 6 February 2008.
    Media representatives are invited to come to the Albert-Royer
amphitheatre at the CHU Sainte-Justine at 10:30 a.m.

    DATE:     6 February 2008

    TIME:     10:30 a.m.

    LOCATION: CHU Sainte-Justine
              Albert-Royer Amphitheatre
              3175 Côte Ste-Catherine Road

    Instructions for parking: Please park in the slope located near the
emergency garages, where parking spaces will be made available to media

For further information:

For further information: FQMC: Lise Oligny, (514) 529-8806;
Sainte-Justine: Nicole Saint-Pierre, (514) 345-4663

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