Alpha-1 patients receiving the life-changing therapy Respreeza protested outside the offices of the Health Service Executive (HSE) at the end of February to demand that the HSE and Minister commit to long-term funding of the drug. The patients said the treatment is highly effective and had changed their lives after the HSE agreed to engage in discussions with the company who supply the drug. 

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We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Walsh, co-founder and CEO of the US Alpha-1 Foundation on Tuesday, March 7th. John was an inspirational leader for the Alpha-1 community not just in the USA but worldwide. A tireless advocate for Alpha-1 and the search for a cure, John’s enthusiasm was infectious and his warm personality opened many doors in the name of Alpha-1.

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The 6th Alpha-1 Global Patient Congress is taking place from April 6th to 8th in Lisbon, Portugal. This biennial conference is an opportunity for the Alpha-1 community around the world to meet, learn, and share information.

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As a six month old infant, Catriona Garry developed full-blown liver cirrhosis caused by Alpha-1. Three years later, in 1999, she received a life-saving liver transplant. In 2008, she also received a kidney transplant. Inspired by her daughter, Catriona's mother Joan is now pursuing a nursing degree.

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