About AIC

AIC was founded in 1979 by a group of celiac disease (CD) patients. Since then, AIC has been endorsing health and social rights of CD patients, also achieving the promulgation of specific Laws (e.g., AIC obtained the recognition by the Italian National Health Service that gluten-free food represents a category of “food intended for particular nutritional uses”, the so-called “dietetic products”), and it has now expanded to 20 Regional Committees all over Italy.
The mission of AIC is:

-  supporting health and rights of celiac persons and their family;

-  ameliorating the life quality of these patients;

-  funding research about celiac disease and related issues that is carried out at scientific institutions, university and hospitals in Italy;

-  completing the education of young researchers in Italy and abroad by offering fellowship awards for further study;

-  informing the public and raising awareness of progress in celiac disease research.

AIC also organizes scientific events (such as the 3rd AIC International Scientific Symposium held in Florence on 29-31 March 2012, http://www.celiachia2012.it/?u=home&lang=eng), and cooperates with Italian Scientific and Medical Societies in order to improve and diffuse clinical guidelines and scientific knowledge. In 2010 AIC has confirmed its role as one of the major Italian charity with nearly 60,000 donors and € 1,480,799.00 received into its account as 5x1000 funds.

AIC is a member of the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS, http://www.aoecs.org/countries.php).