COPD Support Ireland Public Meeting in Mullingar
Friday, February 5th 2016 10:10
article thumbnailCOPD Support Ireland is a charity set up in 2013 to support all those living with a lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  COPD  is a term used to include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of both conditions. COPD Support Ireland is Ireland's only national COPD support and advocacy...
Rare Disease Day 2016
Monday, January 18th 2016 14:15
article thumbnailRare Disease Day takes place every year in February worldwide in order to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.This years Rare Disease Day will fall on February 29th. In Ireland the day will be marked by a conference in Dublin castle with...
article thumbnailIn collaboration with Dublin City University Sport (DCU Sport) and MedEx Wellness, the Alpha One Foundation is delighted to announce an exciting new research project which is being co-funded by the Irish Research Council. Eóin Durkan from the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University (DCU) in...
article thumbnailThe Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference took place again this year in the Marino Institute of Education in Drumcondra in Dublin on Friday 30th of October. Over 70 Alphas and their family members attended making it by far the biggest patient conference to date.  Tea, coffee and scones started the morning which were much...
Alpha One Foundation Christmas Cards 2015
Thursday, November 19th 2015 15:01
article thumbnailThe Alpha One Foundation Christmas Cards for 2015 are now available. They are great value at €5 per pack of 10 cards and include all our contact details as well as a brief explanation of Alpha-1 on the back. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // or call...
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 alpha1@rcsi.ie.
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