The Board

The Board

The Governing board consists:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Nominated Member from the host organising committee of the most recent International Celiac Disease Symposium (ICDS), Prague, 2015
  • Nominated Member from the host organising committee of the upcoming International Celiac Disease Symposium (ICDS), New Delhi, 2017
  • Four to five other elected Members

Professor David S Sanders - President of the ISSCD

DS2David Sanders is a professor of gastroenterology and a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the University of Sheffield, UK. He is fortunate to work as part of the Sheffield Gastroenterology Team which has been recognised for its standards of care; In 2014 the team won one of the SAGE awards (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) for its primary care and gastrointestinal bleed unit services. Professor Sanders has chaired both the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Small Bowel and Nutrition Section (2006 - 2012) and the BSG Audit Committee (2010 -2013). He is the current Chair of the Coeliac UK Health Advisory Council.

Dr Govind Makharia


Dr Makharia is the additional professor at the Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is a governing council member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology and a member of the Indian Council of Medical Research Task Force on celiac disease. His current research interests in celiac disease are multicenter prevalence estimation of celiac disease, markers for detection of villous atrophy, tight junction physiology and metagenomics in celiac disease. He is currently involved in the organisation of the ICDS, 2017, New Delhi, India.

Professor Christophe Cellier 

ISSCDChristophe Cellier is professor of gastroenterology at the René Descartes University and head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital, both in Paris, France. He is the coordinator of the French national network for patients with difficult malignant complications (refractory sprue and lymphoma) supported by INCA the French Cancer Institute. Professor Cellier was a former president of the French Digestive Endoscopy Society is the current President of the French Celiac Disease Study Group and a member of the research unit of intestinal immunology, INSERM, Paris, France.

Dr Bana Jabri

Bana Jabri

Dr Jabri is a professor in the departments of medicine, pathology, and pediatrics at The University of Chicago Medical Center and is a member of the Committee on Immunology. She is also co-director of The University of Chicago Digestive Disease Research Core Center and has directed the research team at The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center since 1999. Dr Jabri has also been awarded the coveted Warren Prize for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research—a first for anyone in the United States.

Professor Knut Lundin

Knut Lundin headshot

Knut Lundin is professor of medicine and head of clinical education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. He is further a consultant gastroenterologist at the endoscopy unit at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet. He completed his scientific training at the Institute of Immunology with a MD degree in cellular immunology in 1990. He has, since the mid 1980s, worked together with Professor Ludvig M. Sollid on the immunobiology and clinical aspects of the small intestine with particular focus on coeliac disease.

Dr Luisa Mearin

Luisa Mearin headshot

Dr Mearin is a paediatric gastroenterologist and associated professor of paediatrics at the University of Leiden and leads the Unit of Paediatric Gastroenterology, the Leiden University Medical Center and the Free University Medical Center, Amsterdam. She is a member of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Dr Mearin has coordinated several national and international collaborative studies on celiac disease, among them, the European multicentre study on coeliac disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the European platform for research on prevention and treatment of celiac disease: a multidisciplinary approach to integrate basic scientific knowledge in clinical applications and food industry.

Professor Ricardo Troncone 

RT4Professor Riccardo Troncone Professor of Pediatrics at the Department of Medical Translational Sciences of the University Federico II, Naples. He is also currently Director of the Department of Paediatrics at the University Hospital Federico II, Naples. His research interests are focused mostly on mucosal immunology, from a clinical point of view, including coeliac disease, food allergies and inflammatory bowel diseases. He is past President of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).


In general, these Members will serve a term of two to four years. The President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Members will be elected by the General Assembly for a two year term and can be re-elected for one further two year term.

The two Members who represent the organisers of the ICDS will be nominated by their respective local organising committees and must be unanimously approved by the other Members of the Governing Board. In case a Member of the Board resigns, the remaining Board Members have the right to co-opt a temporary replacement until the next General Assembly. The Governing Board will meet at least once per year. The Governing Board will have a meeting during the International Celiac Disease Symposium.