The 6th Middle East Course of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

Tuesday 30th of January 2018, has marked the beginning of the 6th Middle East Course of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, where a group of international and local speakers presented the course to pediatric  gastroenterologists , general physicians, nurses, dieticians and other  healthcare workers who are interested in this field. The course continued for 2 days until Wednesday, the 31st of January. It was provided by:

  • Prof. Mostafa El-Hodhod , professor of paediatric  gastroenterology
  •  Dr. Jernej Dolinsek , consultant paediatric gastroenterologist
  • Dr. jonathan Hind , consultant in paediatric hepatology intestinal transplantation.
  • Dr. Nikhil Thapar, paediatric gastroenterology.
  • Dr. Ovsoldo Borrelli, consultant in paediatric Gastroenterology.

The event was held in the main auditorium, faculty of medicine at King Khalid University Hospital. Also, there were many booths that distributed brochures and magazines clarifying and explaining more of Gastrointestinal diseases to educate the visitors. During the break, the participants had a chance to visit the Saudi Celiac Patients’ Support Group’s booth, many of them were impressed by the idea and efforts, and encouraged the group’s volunteers to keep the great work going and to provide moral support of the patients. They suggested some collaborations ideas to improve our work.  

 For more pictures and coverage of the event, please visit our twitter account:

 written by: Leen AlTamimi

Ashwaq Almajed


The Saudi Digestive Diseases Forum (SDDF)

The Saudi Digestive Diseases Forum (SDDF) - 16th Saudi Gastroenterology Association (SGA) / 5th Saudi Association for The Study of Liver Diseases and Transplantation (SASLT) / 5th Saudi Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (SASPGHAN)


Saturday the 3rd of February 2018 has marked the last day of the event that took place at Prince Sultan Hall at Al-Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spanned across the 2nd & 3rd of February 2018. Our group attended the forum and did a lot of activities such as answering the attendees’ questions, giving them brochures and magazines related to the common gastrointestinal diseases especially about celiac disease.

The Forum attended was by clinicians, nurses and scientists (who are interested in the fields of adult and pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and nutrition). They met and discussed clinical & theoretical updates, challenging cases.


The SDDF (16th SGA/ 5th SASLT/ 5th SASPGHAN) highlights comprise:

    Meeting experts and listening to distinguished speakers -

    CME accredited activities -

   Updates and Reviews in the adult and pediatric gastroenterology & hepatology fields -

    Adjunct workshops, which include: Motility, Fibroscan, Leadership Development, Endoscopy and Research Methodology -

    Best Posters -


For more pictures check our account in twitter and Instagram @saudiceliac


Written by Fouad Fathi


Key gene in development of celiac disease has been found in 'junk' DNA

40% of the population carry the main risk factor for celiac disease but only 1% develop the disease. A newly found gene that influences its development has been found in what until recently has been known as ‘junk’ DNA. The research, in which a UPV/EHU group has participated, has been published in Science.


The 4th Middle East Course of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Tuesday the 2nd of February 2016 has marked the start of the 4th Middle East course of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where a group of renowned intellectuals joined to form a well-constructed course to benefit healthcare workers who are interested in this field of study.


The Second edition of The Saudi Celiac Magazine

Saudi Celiac Patients' Support Group presents the second edition of
the celiac disease magazine that includes many information given by a
group of doctors from different specialties
For this accomplishment
the group wants to spread the word and give the magazine as a present
to their members, family of health care workers, patients and
specialists who volunteered in producing it


Registration and membership

“Registration and membership to become a part of the Saudi Celiac Patients’ Support Group family”

We are glad to announce the opening for registration through the website and become a member of the Saudi Celiac Patients’ Support Group.

Registration will give you the opportunity to receive articles on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle putting emphasis on Gluten-free intake. Updates will be posted according to your suggestions and recommendations of pur Professional members. Please see Registration Page. 

Advantages of the Members:......



Final Awareness Campaign and Closing event of the Year

ATE: Wednesday, 12 June 2014 (14 Shaban 1435H)

VENUE: Sahara Mall, Riyadh, KSA

With a never-ending effort from the Committee and members, in addition to the interest of our recipients and significant others, The Saudi Gastroenterology Association and the assistance of our support system, SAUDI CELIAC PATIENTS’ SUPPORT GROUP’S objectives and goals were achieved...........


The Saudi Celiac Patients’ Support Group is continuing its activities launching “You are not Alone” Campaign

Dr. Nahla Azzam, Consultant, Gastroenterologist has appraised the campaign of “you are not alone” theme. Pointing on the importance of raising awareness, clarifications on misbeliefs and help overcoming any difficulties of the Saudi Community suffering from Celiac Disease.

A voluntary Group, relying on individualized efforts, named “Saudi Celiac Patients’ Support Group was establish in year 2008 (1428) under the umbrella of Gastroenterology Unit, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH) later on collaborated with the Saudi Gastro Association (SGA).

Dr. Badr Al Saleem showed his utmost gratitude and appreciation to the persons who established this group in particular to Ms. Nora Al Otaibi who honorably initiated the idea of the group’s establishment with the support of some Medical Students........


The Fourth Public Awareness Campaign on Celiac Disease

DATE: Thursday, 17 April 2014 (17 Jumada Thani 1435H)

VENUE: Hayat Mall, Riyadh, KSA

As a routine and part of our Awareness Campaign, booths were made available to the Public; Mall is really an excellent place to promote such activities, a warmth greetings and appreciation from the people made our hearts and mind pursue to conduct more campaigns in the future.

The first version of journal and brochures identifying the disease and different recipes for gluten free diet was the highlight of this event. This reflects a continuous success for the group................


The Second Educational Exhibition at 141 Girls School

DATE: Wednesday, 30 April 2014 (08 Rajab 1435H)

TIME: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

VENUE: 141 Girls School, Riyadh, KSA

Under the supervision of Dr. Fahad Al-Sohaibani, Consultant, Gastroenterologist and an active member of the group conducted the Second Educational Exhibition at 141 Girls School.

Dr. Abeer Algemah and Dr. Falwa Al Harthy’s conveyed informative lectures of the Celiac Disease and its background. An obvious interest from the Staff and Students who attended were observed.

Thanks to all the volunteer students of the Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University for making this Exhibition a success, as always!



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