This event takes place on October 29th at the Sheraton Four Points in Norwood, MA. It will feature presentations by nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD and Emma Clerx, intern.

Meeting Agenda


  • 1:00 – 1:30 Check-in
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Visit with vendors
  • 1:30 Lee Graham: Introduction
  • 1:40 Dr. Sinha: Maintaining a healthy skeleton in celiac disease
  • 2:10 Endocrinology questions & answers
  • 2:20 Emma Clerx: How long until truly gluten-free?
  • 2:40 Questions & answers
  • 2:50 – 3:10 Break, visit with vendors
  • 3:10 Melinda Dennis MS, RD, LDN: A summary of current topics (arsenic, probiotics and non-responsive celiac disease)
  • 3:40 Nutrition questions & answers
  • 3:50 – 4:00 closing

Speaker Biographies

Partha Sinha, MD

Dr. Sinha is a faculty member in the Endocrine Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in pharmacology at Tufts University. He did residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and fellowship in endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN

Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Diagnosed with celiac disease 26 years ago, Ms. Dennis specializes in the nutritional treatment of patients with gluten-related disorders. She is Founder, former Chairperson and Nutrition Advisor to NCA and serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program.

Emma Clerx

Emma is a junior at Harvard University, studying biology and Spanish. She is involved in the Harvard’s Food Literacy Project, where she works to educate her fellow students on where their food comes from, how it is prepared and other relevant topics surrounding food.

She was diagnosed with celiac disease in the sixth grade after struggling with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms from age two to twelve. She has a sister and uncle also affected by celiac disease and it is a cause she cares about deeply. She is very grateful to have had the unique opportunity to study this disease at the Celiac Center at BIDMC with Dr. Leffler and his lab group. This experience would not have been possible without the generous support of NCA and all of its members.

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