Celiac Disease Biorepository

Principal Investigator

Elisa Boden, MD
Gastroenterology
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Benaroya Research Institute

What is the Celiac Disease Biorepository?

The Celiac Disease Biorepository is a confidential list of people with celiac disease, who are willing to donate a blood sample and provide health information for scientific research. Donated samples and personal and family health information is used by scientists in the laboratory and in analysis to help us better understand the causes and long term health effects of gastrointestinal and immune-mediated diseases, as well as to explore better treatment options that can be used by physicians in patient care. All of the information gathered is kept confidential, and samples and health information used by scientists are coded with a number, not your name.

What are BRI scientists studying?

Researchers are using the Celiac Disease Biorepository to better understand the biomarkers associated with the progression of this disease and identify targets for new therapies. Scientists are also comparing the samples donated by these research participants with samples from healthy volunteers to advance our understanding of how and why celiac disease develops, and identify how genetic risk factors for celiac disease affect the immune system to cause disease.

For more information on celiac disease, please visit our Celiac Disease information page.

Who can participate?

We are currently enrolling adults, age 16 and older, with a diagnosis of celiac disease.

We are also looking for friends and family members of all ages who do not have an immune-mediated or autoimmune disease, to join our Healthy Volunteer Registry.

To learn more about this opportunity to volunteer, please visit Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.

How can I help?

You can help scientists move celiac disease and other gastroenterology research forward by donating a blood sample and answering some questions about your personal and family health history.

You can also help by encouraging friends and family members without celiac disease to donate to our Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.