The 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. 

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The 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.

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To 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 below for days, times and venues in your area.

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Members 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 McElvaney, received their award at the Irish Healthcare Awards last Thursday night. The paper was published in the journal, Science Translational Medicine last year.

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