The Alpha One Foundation has won a prestigious award for the National Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Targeted Detection Programme at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards held at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire on March 7th.
The Foundation was nominated in the competitive “Community Care Services – Department Initiative Of The Year” category along with 8 other organisations, and were awarded first prize. The judges described the national screening programme as an excellent cost effective initiative which addresses a significant medical issue.
The National Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Targeted Detection Programme has tested over 12,000 Irish people for this condition which causes lung and liver disease. Over 25 hospitals Irish hospitals participate and the programme has led to improved health outcomes for people affected by this condition. It is an excellent example of preventative medicine as once diagnosed, affected individuals can avail of close medical surveillance, specific treatments, and are highly motivated to pursue health lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking.
Alpha One Foundation team members are Professor Gerry McElvaney, Dr. Tomás Carroll, Kitty O’Connor, Laura Fee, and Patricia Ryan. Present on the night to accept the award were Dr. Tomás Carroll and Patricia Ryan. For more details on the award click here.