article thumbnailA top gong has gone to a five-strong dance troupe from the House of Swag Dance School, from Swords, Co. Dublin, for their winning entry in the Lovin’ Our Lungs Movie Awards. An initiative of the Irish Lung Health Alliance, a coalition of 17 charities, in partnership with Foróige, the awards sought to build awareness of...
Irish Alpha-1 Researchers Awarded Funding
Monday, May 23rd 2016 14:10
article thumbnailThe US Alpha-1 Foundation announced its 2016 grant awardees on Monday, May 16 during a reception at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in San Francisco.  The 14 grant recipients will receive a record total of $1.9 million for their projects.  Among the award recipients were two Irish Alpha-1...
"Lovin' Our Lungs" Nationwide Movie Competition
Wednesday, May 11th 2016 15:06
article thumbnailRising star of the silver screen, Sing Street actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, today joined with RTÉ Two Tube's Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne to launch a nationwide movie competition Lovin' Our Lungs to highlight the importance of lung health for a full and active life. The awards, which are organised by the Irish Lung...
VHI Womens Mini Marathon 2016
Thursday, April 28th 2016 09:06
article thumbnailThe VHI Women's Mini Marathon is taking place this year on bank holiday Monday June 6th in Dublin and as ever we welcome ladies to take part to raise funds and awareness for the Alpha One Foundation. The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is the largest one day charity event in Ireland with over 40,000 women participating every...
New Lung Transplant Procedure
Wednesday, April 27th 2016 13:34
article thumbnailKaren Redmond, consultant thoracic and lung transplant surgeon and her team at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin have broken new ground by carrying out a new type of lung transplant procedure called ex vivo lung perfusion transplantation (EVLP). This procedure makes donor lungs previously classed as...
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Do I Get Tested?
The Alpha One Foundation provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email
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