The landmark discovery of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency was 50 years ago in 1963, and to mark this the American Thoracic Society (ATS) will host a special symposium, "Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: The Next 50 Years" on Wednesday, May 22nd as part of the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia. The invited speakers include Professor Gerry McElvaney who presents data from a study in Beaumont Hospital which clarifies the risk of COPD among MZ carriers.

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Healthy Ireland is a new government framework for action aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland over the coming generation. We at the Alpha One Foundation are particularly interested in the area of lung disease, in terms of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 

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The 4th International Patient Congress on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is being held in Barcelona on the weekend of April 12th - 13th, 2013.

We are delighted to have a delegation of Irish Alphas and their families attending the conference and proceedings can be watched live here.

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The Committee on Health and Children discussed measures to improve lung health awareness and increase lung health promotion efforts when it met with representatives from the Irish Lung Health Alliance on Thursday, 7th February 2013. The Alpha One Foundation was one of six health charities that presented on the day. The Oireachtas Health Committee consists of TDs and Senators from all the political parties. 

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A large crowd attended our 2nd Annual Alpha-1 Chopin Award which took place on Thursday 15th November in the Oak Room of the Mansion House in Dublin. This annual competition is becoming a permanent fixture on the Dublin cultural calendar and we are indebted to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí for the continued use of the historic Oak Room.

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