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This program provides the Alpha-1 Community with access to educational programs from our National Conference and National Education Series.

We gratefully acknowledge all our speakers who volunteered their time and gave permission to record and disseminate their presentations.

Alpha-1 Foundation Update

Angela McBride's, Bio:plus

Angela McBride is the Director of Community Relations and Development for the Alpha-1 Foundation. She is responsible for leading the volunteer team in developing resources to ensure a strong base of financial support for the organization's mission to fund research towards a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Ms. McBride has worked in the Alpha-1 Community for the past 12 years, devoting her time and energy to empowering individuals to support the mission of the Alpha-1 Foundation. In 2010 she received the "Special Appreciation Award" at the 2010 Alpha-1 National Education Conference.

Local Allergies & Sinus Problems
Speaker : Koura, MD, Firas

Firas Koura, MD's, Bio:plus

Firas Koura, M.D., MPH, is a practicing internist and pulmonologist in Hazard, KY and ICU Medical director at Hazard ARH Medical Center. He has special interest in treating COPD, and has the only AAT clinical resource center in KY. He also has a master of public health, heavily involved in clinical research with participation in more than 100 clinical trial including AAT. Dr. Koura also teaches medical students and residents from the University of Pikeville and the University of Kentucky.

Alpha-1 Genetics and the Role of Healthcare Providers
Topics : Genetics

Sara Wienke, MS, CGC's, Bio:plus

Sara Wienke attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduate school, Ms. Wienke moved to Charleston, SC where she has been working at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as the Program Director of the Alpha-1 Association Genetic Counseling Program for the past year. She had previously taught undergraduate biology labs at UNCG and worked as a lab manager in Cell Biology at Duke University.

Alpha-1 Liver Disease in Adults & Children

Naim Alkhouri, MD's, Bio:plus

Dr. Naim Alkhouri serves as a Staff Physician with Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital and Digestive Disease Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He completed his medical degree at the University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, American Gastroenterology Association among others. His specialty interests include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, end stage liver disease, liver transplantation, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Alpha-1 101: What Every Patient Should Know
Staying Healthy Through the Winter Months

Amanda Scott, RN's, Bio:plus

Amanda Scott is currently a registered nurse in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. She has her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing and has been a nurse for 11 years. She thoroughly enjoys her profession as she is passionate about helping others and the importance of physical fitness. She is also currently the support group leader of "Strickly Alphas", an Alpha-1 Association support group in Southern Ohio. She became more passionate about Alpha-1 back in 2008 when her father was diagnosed with the disease. Her father, Jesse Strickland, was informed of the need for Alpha-1 awareness due to the high incidence in this area and also being affected himself, wanted to help by starting a support group. "Strickly Alphas" was formed in May 2011 with great success, having 47 attendees. Because of the need for Alpha-1 awareness and the strong support of "Strickly Alphas", the Alpha-1 Association scheduled this education day.





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