The Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference will take place this year on Friday the 7th of October in the Marino Institute of Education in North Dublin. Speakers and a full agenda will be fully confirmed in the next few weeks however as with previous years the Alpha One Foundation strive to provide an informative and interesting day for those with Alpha-1 as well as family members. Keep an eye on our website and facebook for a full agenda and more details closer to the time.

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Best of luck to Transplant Team Ireland and Cavan native Stephen Smith representing Ireland at the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Finland from July 10th - 17th. Stephen (front row, 2nd from right) has alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and had a successful lung transplant in the Mater Hospital in Dublin in November 2013.

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A top gong has gone to a five-strong dance troupe from the House of Swag Dance School, from Swords, Co. Dublin, for their winning entry in the Lovin’ Our Lungs Movie Awards. An initiative of the Irish Lung Health Alliance, a coalition of 17 charities, in partnership with Foróige, the awards sought to build awareness of the importance of lung health for a full and active life among teenagers by having them direct their own original 90-second movies.

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The US Alpha-1 Foundation announced its 2016 grant awardees on Monday, May 16 during a reception at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in San Francisco.  The 14 grant recipients will receive a record total of $1.9 million for their projects.  Among the award recipients were two Irish Alpha-1 researchers, Professor Gerry McElvaney and Dr. Emer Reeves, who are both based at the RCSI Smurfit Building in Beaumont Hospital. 

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