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.   
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 \n or call 01-8093871 if you would like to order cards. There are a limited amount of cards available this...
COPD Ireland Save Your Breath Campaign
Tuesday, November 17th 2015 16:35
article thumbnailTo coincide with World COPD Day on Wednesday November 18, COPD Support Ireland is undertaking a “Save Your Breath” awareness campaign which will run from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November. COPD Support Ireland will be undertaking a nationwide COPD health check-in tour offering free screening throughout the week. See...
Alpha-1 Research Success in Irish Healthcare Awards 2015
Wednesday, November 11th 2015 14:13
article thumbnailMembers of the Respiratory Research Department in the Education and Research Centre in Beaumont Hospital were recently awarded 'Research Paper of the Year' for their paper, 'The Circulating Proteinase Inhibitor a-1 Antitrypsin Regulates Neutrophil Degranulation and Autoimmunity'. The team, led by Professor Gerry...
Alpha-1 Patient Conference: Agenda
Tuesday, October 13th 2015 11:43
article thumbnailThe Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference will take place this year on Friday the 30th of October in the Marino Institute of Education in North Dublin. All Alpha-1 patients and their families are invited to attend, with a special welcome for newly diagnosed Alpha-1 individuals and their families.   Professor McElvaney speaking at...
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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