article thumbnailMinister for Health Leo Varadkar visited the Alpha One Foundation in Beaumont Hospital on Monday December 1st, to learn about Alpha-1, a genetic condition that can cause lung and liver problems.  Minister Varadkar met staff of the Alpha One Foundation and was given a tour of the laboratory where testing for Alpha-1 takes...
Alpha-1 Special on TV, December 1st
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 12:30
article thumbnailThe Science Squad on RTE1 on Monday evening, December 1st ran an excellent piece on Alpha-1.  It featured an interview with Professor McElvaney and 2 inspirational Alpha-1 patient stories from Stephen Smith and Josephine McGuirk.  A big thank you to Stephen and Josephine for sharing their stories and bringing Alpha-1 to...
Save Your Breath COPD Awareness Campaign
Monday, November 17th 2014 16:55
article thumbnailThe Save Your Breath COPD awareness campaign kicks off this week. The campaign, taking place from November 17 to 23, coincides with World COPD Day on Wednesday November 19, and will see a COPD screening roadshow visit various locations around the country. The screening roadshow will be aimed at individuals over the age of...
article thumbnailThe annual Alpha-1 conference took place again this year in the Marino Institute of Education on Friday, 24th of October. Over 50 Alphas and members of their families attended making it one of the biggest patient meetings to date.
Christmas Cards 2014
Monday, November 10th 2014 10:27
article thumbnailThe Alpha One Foundation Christmas Cards for 2014 are now available. They are great value at €5 per pack of 10 cards and include an explanation of alpha-1 as well as our contact details.  Email 
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, along with cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic lung disease in Ireland. It severely affects more than 12,000 people, with another 170,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease. 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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