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Annual Alpha-1 Patient Meeting 2014

October 2, 2014 Alpha1 Admin Comments Off

The Alpha One Foundation is delighted to announce the Annual Alpha-1 Conference will take place on:

Friday 24th October 2014,

commencing at 9.30 am

in Marino Institute of Education,

Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

We would like to invite all Alpha-1 patients and their families to attend. We would especially like to welcome newly diagnosed Alpha-1 individuals and their families. This year we are delighted to have a representative from the US Embassy opening our conference. Our special guest speaker is Mr. John Walsh, CEO of the US Alpha-1 Foundation and Alpha-1 patient. John is an inspiration to the Alpha-1 community around the world and has done incredible work to raise awareness and fund research into Alpha-1.

The exciting line-up of speakers includes Professor Gerry McElvaney, Alpha-1 specialist at Beaumont Hospital, Dr. Kevin Molloy, Alpha-1 researcher, and Mr. Damien Peelo from COPD Support Ireland. Marino Institute is easily accessed from the M50 and is situated on Griffith Avenue on the north side of the city .

Attendance is free of charge with a complimentary lunch provided.  Christmas cards will be on sale on the day, €5 for a pack of 10. To reserve your place at this year’s conference phone 01-8093876 or email alpha1@rcsi.ie.


  Michelle O’Brien, Physiotherapist speaking at last years conference


09.30   Registration, Tea and Coffee


10.00   Conference Opening by Representative from the US Embassy


10.10   Clinical Trials and New Developments for Alpha-1

            Professor Gerry McElvaney, Respiratory Consultant, Beaumont Hospital


10.30   The US Alpha-1 Foundation – An Amazing Success Story

            John Walsh, President & CEO, Alpha-1 Foundation USA


11.10   Genetics in Ireland & Alpha-1

           Dr. Gianpiero Cavalleri, Senior Lecturer in Human Genetics, RCSI


11.35   The MZ Question – An Irish Family Study

            Dr. Kevin Molloy, Department of Medicine, RCSI


12.00   National Screening Programme & Current Research in Alpha-1

Laura Fee, Alpha One Foundation & Dr. Emer Reeves, RCSI


12.20   Question and Answers


12.30   Light Lunch Provided in College Cafeteria


13.30   COPD Support Ireland

Damien Peelo, CEO, COPD Support Ireland


14.00   Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Alpha-1

            Michelle O’Brien, Physiotherapist, Respiratory Unit, St Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire


15.00   Close