Annual Alpha-1 Patient Meeting 2014

October 2, 2014 Alpha1 Admin Comments Off

The Alpha One Foundation is delighted to announce the Annual Alpha-1 Conference will take place on:

Friday 24th October 2014,

commencing at 9.30 am

in Marino Institute of Education,

Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

We would like to invite all Alpha-1 patients and their families to attend. We would especially like to welcome newly diagnosed Alpha-1 individuals and their families. This year we are delighted to have a representative from the US Embassy opening our conference. Our special guest speaker is Mr. John Walsh, CEO of the US Alpha-1 Foundation and Alpha-1 patient. John is an inspiration to the Alpha-1 community around the world and has done incredible work to raise awareness and fund research into Alpha-1.

The exciting line-up of speakers includes Professor Gerry McElvaney, Alpha-1 specialist at Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Kevin Molloy, Alpha-1 researcher, and Mr. Damien Peelo from COPD Support Ireland. Marino Institute is easily accessed from the M50 and is situated on Griffith Avenue on the north side of the city .

Attendance is free of charge with a complimentary lunch provided.  Christmas cards will be on sale on the day, €5 for a pack of 10. To reserve your place at this year’s conference phone 01-8093876 or email


  Michelle O’Brien, Physiotherapist speaking at last years conference


09.30   Registration, Tea and Coffee


10.00   Conference Opening by Representative from the US Embassy


10.10   Clinical Trials and New Developments for Alpha-1

            Professor Gerry McElvaney, Respiratory Consultant, Beaumont Hospital


10.30   The US Alpha-1 Foundation – An Amazing Success Story

            John Walsh, President & CEO, Alpha-1 Foundation USA


11.10   Genetics in Ireland & Alpha-1

           Dr. Gianpiero Cavalleri, Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics, RCSI


11.35   The MZ Question – An Irish Family Study

            Dr. Kevin Molloy, Department of Medicine, RCSI


12.00   National Screening Programme & Current Research in Alpha-1

Laura Fee, Alpha One Foundation & Dr. Emer Reeves, RCSI


12.20   Question and Answers


12.30   Light Lunch Provided in College Cafeteria


13.30   COPD Support Ireland

Damien Peelo, CEO, COPD Support Ireland


14.00   Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Alpha-1

            Michelle O’Brien, Physiotherapist, Respiratory Unit, St Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire


15.00   Close