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Marios Hadjivassiliou, NHS Consultant & Professor of Neurology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals & University of Sheffield

Professor Hadjivassiliou is a Consultant Neurologist and Academic Director at the Department of Neurosciences, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Sheffield. His primary research is in the neurological manifestations of gluten related disorders, the focus of his MD thesis and subsequently a fertile area of his research over the last 30 years. His pioneering research resulted in defining previously unrecognized disease entities such as gluten ataxia, gluten encephalopathy and gluten neuropathy. He has published extensively in high impact journals. He runs a weekly gluten sensitivity/neurology and ataxia clinics and receives referrals from all over the UK and internationally. He is the founder and director of the Sheffield Ataxia Centre caring for over 3000 patients with ataxias and a founding member of the Sheffield Institute of Gluten Related Disorders (SIGReD).

Nigel Hoggard

Nigel Hoggard, Professor of Neuroradiology Imaging, University of Sheffield & Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
I am Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Sheffield, have published over 120 articles and have received over £10M in funding. I am a member of the scientific advisory board for Beyond Celiac. I have established a close collaboration with Marios Hadjivassiliou imaging patients with ataxia and gluten sensitivity. I am a part of the SIGReD group, a Sheffield based multi-disciplinary research group focussed on gluten related diseases.  We have translated MR spectroscopy into clinical practice for monitoring brain health in gluten ataxia and are also using structural image analyses to investigate the impact of celiac disease on the brain. We have shown that individuals with gluten ataxia show a good response to a gluten free diet whilst those that do not manage a GFD have progressive problems as illustrated by changes in MR spectroscopy taken from the cerebellum, the part of the brain affected in gluten ataxia.
One of the key manifestations of neurological involvement with gluten sensitivity are changes in the white matter of the brain and our early work also demonstrated loss of brain volume in some individuals. Armed with these findings, a number of years ago, I became interested in pursuing the cognitive and wider brain health implications of gluten sensitivity. Our group are currently investigating the impact of successful maintenance (or otherwise) of the gluten free diet on brain health in patients with gluten sensitivity. We are also in the process of developing and combining new approaches to assess inflammation and its effects on the brain.

David Sanders

David Sanders, NHS Consultant & Professor of Gastroenterology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals & University of Sheffield

Professor Sanders is a professor of gastroenterology and a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield Unit has been designated as the National Centre for Refractory Coeliac Disease (NHS England) and a World Endoscopy Organisation GI Centre of Excellence (2020). He has published > 400 peer reviewed papers (H-score > 85). He is internationally recognised for his work in celiac disease. He is particularly pleased to have been elected onto the ISSCD board again in order to facilitate the ICDS planned for Sheffield in 2024.

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Nick Trott, Gastroenterology Dietitian, covering the Specialist Coeliac Clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Nick obtained an honors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Since post graduate training, Nick has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS including critical care, oncology and hematology.

Currently, Nick works as a Gastroenterology Dietitian, covering the Specialist Coeliac Clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. His areas of particular clinical interest include coeliac disease, gluten ataxia, non-coeliac wheat sensitivity and the Low FODMAP approach to Disorders of Gut Brain Interaction.

Nick is a member of Coeliac UK’s Health Advisory Board and was presented with the Complete Nutrition ‘Coeliac Professional of the Year’ award in 2016.

In 2017 Nick attained a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Sheffield and is currently pursuing a PhD on the role of the Dietitian in the management of Coeliac Disease.

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