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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The Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference will take place this year on Friday the 30th of October in the Marino Institute of Education in North Dublin. All Alpha-1 patients and their families are invited to attend, with a special welcome for newly diagnosed Alpha-1 individuals and their families.

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A new smartphone app was recently launched to provide credible factual information about a range of illnesses to people in Ireland.

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A new website was launched recently aiming to increase awareness and understanding of chronic disease in Ireland. The website, www.chronic-disease.ie, contains information and statistics on long term diseases including Atrial Fibrillation, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma.

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