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Madison Area Gluten Intolerance Chapter

Meetings and Events

Note: Changes are in the works. We are trying out a new location this year. Our May meeting will be at Meadowridge Library, Meadowood Shopping Center, 5726 Raymond Rd, Madison, WI 53711 (Mapquest map). Enter the library and walk through it to the meeting room.

Members typically meet on the second Saturday of each month, from 10 am to Noon (except in January, July and August). We enjoy a variety of activities, including updates on research news and celiac disease in the media, speakers, opportunities to try new gluten-free products, recipe sharing, and potluck celebrations.

2016 Meeting Schedule

May 14
June 18
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

Upcoming MAGIC Meetings and Events

May 14 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at Meadowridge Library

Speaker:    Dr. Carol Semrad from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Dr. Semrad will talk about the latest theories as to what triggers disease, then go into diagnosis and response to a gluten free diet (symptoms and histologic recovery). She will also talk about three studies on alternative therapies to the gluten free diet. There will be time for questions following her talk.

Dr. Semrad holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. She is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

Dr. Semrad's clinical interest is in small intestinal diseases and nutrition, in particular celiac disease, malabsorption/diarrheal diseases, short bowel syndrome, and small bowel endoscopy (capsule and double balloon enteroscopy). For the past 25 years, she has cared for patients with celiac disease in her clinical practice. She has authored chapters on Diarrhea and Malabsorption in the Cecil Textbook of Medicine. At National Digestive Disease Meetings, she has moderated and co-chaired numerous sessions on celiac disease and has been an invited speaker at the International Celiac Disease Symposiums. She is the director for Clinical Research in the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago.

Taste Testing:    The theme for this month is energy bars. This will follow Dr. Semrad's presentation.

Food Pantry Items Needed:    Please consider bringing a gluten free item to donate to the food pantry. They can take everything GF such as mixes, soups, pasta, cereal, breads, crackers, rice. Baking mixes and foods that kids enjoy are particularly appreciated.

Upcoming Community and Other Events

The following events are listed as a service to members. They are neither sponsored by nor endorsed by MAGIC.

Friday, May 6:    Spring Flours Gluten-Free Gala

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center sponsors this annual fundraising event. Join in for an evening full of delicious Gluten-Free cuisine from several participating restaurants. Location: Chicago Cultural Center. Tickets go on sale April 1.

Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15:    Metcalfe's Annual Gluten Free Event

Locally owned Metcalfe's grocery will feature several vendors with samples of gluten free items at both their Hilldale and West Towne locations from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Usually the vendors are different each day!

Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15:    GF & AF Expo

The Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo will be at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive North, Schaumburg, IL, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. Buy tickets through the web site. Purchase before 4/13 for Early Bird 30% off discount, or before 5/13 for Advance 20% off discount.