Testing for Alpha-1
The Alpha-1 Foundation supports testing for those at risk for Alpha-1. In response to concerns surrounding testing, privacy and the benefit of an early diagnosis, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), with the support of the Alpha-1 Foundation, developed a free and confidential opportunity for testing. This is a research study called the Alpha-1 Coded Testing (ACT) Study.
The Foundation also established the Alpha-1 Research Registry at MUSC to encourage research, the development of new treatments and a cure for Alpha-1. The Registry is a confidential database made up of both Alphas and Alpha-1 carriers.
The Alpha-1 Genetic Counseling Program is also located at MUSC. The genetic counselor is available to provide support and information to patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.