Professor Fasano is Professor of Pediatrics and is also chair of Professor in Physiology and Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Maryland where he directs the Mucosal Biology Research Center and the Center for Celiac Research. Prof. Fasano has published more than 180 papers in international journals of high international prestige, and is inventor of 160 patents. Prof. Fasano is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and has received many scientific awards for his pioneering work in the field of autoimmune diseases, including the' Innovator of the Year’ Award by the State of Maryland (2005), finalist for the Director's Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (2005), Best Academic / Industry Collaboration Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Baltimore (2006), the Entepreneur of the Year Award by the University of Maryland (2007), America's Top Doctor's Award (2007), and Researcher of the Year Award by the University of Maryland (2009). Since 1995, his research was supported by the National Institute of Health without interruption.
After graduating in medicine, Charles Catassi worked at first as a doctor in Ancona and then began his research and teaching as a researcher at the Polytechnic University of Marche. Here, in 2004, he became professor of pediatrics. Since 2003, Catassi also holds the position of visiting professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Research Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (USA). For years Professor Catassi has conducted research in the field of coeliac disease, is responsible for activities in the fields of gastroenterology, nutrition and Auxology at the Pediatric Clinic of Ancona, and has assests in over 100 publications in various international journals.
Dr. Anna Sapone is a researcher at the Second University of Naples, Department of Experimental Medicine Magrassi-Lanzara. She has worked for years on intestinal permeability and has published in leading international publications as first author, the main "Differential Mucosal IL-17 Expression in Two Gliadin-Induced Disorders: Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease the Autoimmune enteropathy", Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2009 Nov 24; 152 (1) :75-80, "Divergence of Gut Permeability and Mucosal Immune Gene Expression in Two-Associated Conditions Gluten, Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity", BMC Medicine online.
NHS Consultant Gastroenterologist & Professor in Gastroenterology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital & the University of Sheffield. His areas of research includes clinical disorders linked to coeliac disease, nutrition, endoscopy of the small intestine and irritable bowel syndrome. To date he has received more than £ 1.8 million funding for research. He has published 186 peer-reviewed articles, 84 of them original paper (the first of 42 authors). He co-authored the recent NICE clinical guidelines on recognition and assessment of coeliac disease and current British Society Gastroenterology (BSG) guidelines. As a result of his work in 2010 he was selected for the European Rising Star Award in Gastroenterology.
Professor Wolfgang Holtmeier is the chief consultant at the Clinic for Gastroenterology, Diabetology and Internal Medicine at the Porz am Rhein hospital (the teaching hospital for the University of Cologne). He trained as a gastroenterologist under Prof. Caspary at the University of Frankfurt and spent three years working as a researcher in the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology run by Prof. Kagnoff at the University California, San Diego (USA). This research focused on coeliac disease and chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He is a consultant immunologist for the German Association of Immunology and a member of the scientific advisory board for the German Coeliac Society.