Grifols Announces the 2015 ALTA Award Winners during the ERS Congress in Amsterdam


The annual ALTA award, sponsored exclusively by Grifols, provides two fellowships of €50,000 to young investigators and clinicians whose work contributes to the understanding and treatment of alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency). This program was launched in 2004 and has supported 12 years of research in AATD.

The 2015 recipients were Dr. Mila Ljujic, from the Apoptosis Research Center, Galway, Ireland and Dr. Imran Haq from the University College London Respiratory Group, UK.  The awards were presented by Dr. James Stoller during the Grifols evening symposium at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress in Amsterdam. 

The winning research projects are the Role of autophagy in modifying the cellular response in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency to be conducted by Dr. Ljujic and In vivo imaging of α1-antitrypsin polymers, by Dr. Haq. 

The ALTA award is an international opportunity that is available to early career clinicians, fellows-in-training, scientists, and other Alpha-1 health care professionals under the age of 40. Individuals who are already working in the extended field of AATD as well as those new to the field are eligible to apply for the grant.

Additional information on the grant program: