Annual Alpha-1 Conference 2016
Friday, October 14th 2016 11:40
article thumbnailThe Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference took place again this year in the Marino Institute of Education in Drumcondra in Dublin last Friday October 7th. Over 90 Alphas and family members attended what was our largest conference to date. It was great to see so many familiar faces but also a lot of first time attendees.  Tea,...
Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference 2016: Agenda
Monday, September 26th 2016 10:10
article thumbnailWe are delighted to announce the Annual Alpha-1 Conference will take place on Friday 7th October 2016 beginning at 9.30am in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. We would like to invite all Alpha-1 patients and their families to attend, with a special welcome for newly diagnosed Alpha-1 individuals and...
article thumbnailHearty congratulations to Stephen Smith who won 3 bronze medals for Team Ireland at the European Transplant Games. Stephen had a successful double lung transplant in the Mater Hospital in 2013 and was a member of a large team of athletes who represented Ireland at the games in Finland in July. Stephen won his first bronze medal...
Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference 2016
Tuesday, August 23rd 2016 11:15
article thumbnailThe 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...
article thumbnailBest 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...
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Do I Get Tested?
The Alpha One Foundation provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email