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IGU is a non-profit organization focusing in the education and research of autoimmune diseases. IGU is currently engaged in educational programming on several fronts, including cooking classes, lectures, and webinars. We are currently developing new interactive educational resources for those diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
IGU is the educational non-profit organization formerly known as International Graduate University of Washington, D.C. This 501(c)(3) was founded in the late 1960’s spearheaded by Walter E. Boek, PhD.
In 2014 we changed our mission to be able to contribute to the critical need for education, research and promotion of awareness in autoimmune disease, and cancer. We began to work with the Celiac Program of the Children’s National Medical Center and developed regular teaching programs for gluten free living.
Celiac Disease is a common autoimmune disease that affects 1% of the world’s population; it is mostly undiagnosed and misdiagnosed, even today. CD is caused by a genetic variant and is triggered by the environmental factors of wheat, barley and rye. CD can be managed by maintaining a gluten free diet (free of wheat, barley and rye).
IGU is currently engaged in educational programming on several fronts, including cooking classes, lectures, and webinars in order to educate those with CD, their families and doctors. We are developing podcasts, an educational computer simulation game, a medical education course, expanding our webinar program, and continuing our classes. We are contributing to efforts to develop a uniform diagnostic framework for medical practitioners. IGU has helped thousands of people already.