Message from the Chair


Thank for you for visiting the Alpha-1 Foundation's website. I am tremendously proud of our Foundation and its vital contributions to the lives of patients with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. It is with great excitement and humility that I assume the role of Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alpha-1 Foundation to continue the strong work of this institution.

Jeanine M. D’Armiento, MD, PhD - Chair, Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation helped me launch my research career and I feel that it is my turn to give back to this organization. I met John Walsh and Dr. Robert Sandhaus very early on in my career and immediately recognized the organization as a driver of pulmonary research and patient engagement. The Foundation was critically supportive of young researchers and always encouraged investigators to work on Alpha-1.  I felt welcome into the Alpha-1 community and it provided a very important connection into the world of pulmonary research.

I first officially joined the Foundation through GAC, the Grants Advisory Committee, the group of doctors and scientists that decide how the Foundation disburses the money available for research, and subsequently several years later I was invited to join the board.

I am honored to Chair the Foundation and work with staff, patients and the board of directors over the next several years. Our Foundation has been through some difficult challenges and it is due to the dedication and hard work of our community that we have continued our mission and maintain our excellence.

Also, I want to thank Gordon Cadwgan for his leadership of the board over the last four years. He has very capably led us through periods of challenging transition and we are indebted to him for his commitment throughout.

It is a great privilege to Chair the Foundation and I look forward to working with all of you as we progress together towards a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.


Jeanine M. D’Armiento, MD, PhD
Chair, Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors