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Irish Healthcare Awards March 2014



Zumbathon November 2013


Annual Alpha-1 Conference October 2013


COPD Support Ireland October 2013


Fourth International Alpha-1 Patient Congress October 2013


IPPOSI Medication and Compliance June 2013


FEAM Conference May 2013


Organ Donor Launch March 2013


Pub Quiz December 2012


Chopin Award November 2012


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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.