National Centre of Expertise for Alpha-1

In May 2016 the HSE designated the Alpha-1 Clinical Unit at Beaumont Hospital (along with Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland) as the National Centre of Expertise for Alpha-1.

Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland is based in the RCSI Education & Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Foundation staff of 4 includes a CEO, a dedicated senior scientist, a clinical research associate and a specialist Alpha-1 nurse. These positions are supported in part by funding from the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive (HSE).  Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland hosts an information centre for members of the public and healthcare professionals and enquiries can be made by phone or email.

The National Alpha-1 Clinic is based at Beaumont Hospital. Here, the rapid access specialist Alpha-1 clinic is available for newly-diagnosed Alphas where they are seen by a multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, respiratory scientists, and physiotherapists. Professor Gerry McElvaney leads the Alpha-1 clinic and is a consultant respiratory physician with over 30 years experience of Alpha-1. 

AOF activities

Figure 1. Alpha One Foundation Activities