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...
article thumbnailA 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...
Irish Alpha-1 Researchers Awarded Funding
Monday, May 23rd 2016 14:10
article thumbnailThe 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...
"Lovin' Our Lungs" Nationwide Movie Competition
Wednesday, May 11th 2016 15:06
article thumbnailRising star of the silver screen, Sing Street actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, today joined with RTÉ Two Tube's Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne to launch a nationwide movie competition Lovin' Our Lungs to highlight the importance of lung health for a full and active life. The awards, which are organised by the Irish Lung...
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 alpha1@rcsi.ie.