Clinical Trials for Celiac Disease

The NIDDK conducts and supports clinical trials in many diseases and conditions, including digestive diseases. The trials look to find new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease and improve quality of life.

What are clinical trials for celiac disease?

Clinical trials—and other types of clinical studies—are part of medical research and involve people like you. When you volunteer to take part in a clinical study, you help doctors and researchers learn more about disease and improve health care for people in the future.

Researchers are studying many aspects of celiac disease, including possible new treatments for the condition.

Find out if clinical studies are right for you.

What clinical studies for celiac disease are looking for participants?

You can view a filtered list of clinical studies on celiac disease that are federally funded, open, and recruiting at You can expand or narrow the list to include clinical studies from industry, universities, and individuals; however, the NIH does not review these studies and cannot ensure they are safe. Always talk with your health care provider before you participate in a clinical study.

Watch a video of NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers explaining the importance of participating in clinical trials.

What have we learned about celiac disease from NIDDK-funded research?

The NIDDK has supported many studies to learn more about celiac disease.

  • The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study is examining factors that affect the development of type 1 diabetes and celiac disease in children who have genetic risk factors for these conditions.
  • An NIDDK-supported study found that, in the United States, people living north of 35 degrees north latitude—sometimes called the 35th parallel north—were more likely to have celiac disease than people living south of 35 degrees north latitude.
  • NIDDK-supported researchers found that reovirus infection may trigger celiac disease in people who have genetic risk factors for the disease.
Last Reviewed October 2020
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