The 24th meeting of the Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity (PWG) took place at the University of Ancona, Facoltà di Economia, Ancona, Italy, from September 30 to October 2, 2010. Our hosts, Professor Carlo Catassi from Università Politecnica delle Marche and AiC - Associazione Italiana Celiachia, Genova, Italy, as well as Elisa Giordano from forum service, Genova, Italy, welcomed the group, the invited speakers and participants from industry (cereal starch producers, producers of gluten-free food, manufacturers of kits for gluten analysis) as well as representatives from international and national coeliac societies who attended the meeting.
The Prolamin Group meeting aimed at continuing the analytical and clinical discussion initiated by Codex Alimentarius concerning gluten analysis and the control of food for special dietary use for persons intolerant to gluten. A special symposium was devoted to gluten sensitivity beyond coeliac disease and to novel therapies.
I am grateful to all participants for their active contributions, in particular to Carlo Catassi, AiC and forum service for their kind hospitality and efficient organisation of the meeting. I express my gratitude towards all friends, colleagues and sponsors for their inspiration and continued support.