Issue 12 | June 2016

Welcome

Hello reader

Welcome to the latest issue of our Newsletter.

In this issue, I am pleased to inform you that a report by the bibliometrics company CWTS in Leiden described the APC Microbiome Institute as being at the forefront of a ‘hot’ field of science, namely microbiome research.   This reinforces APC’s strategy of conducting fundamental academic research of commercial relevance in partnership with industry, because this strategy delivers high-quality research outputs with real impact.

I would like to welcome Jill Haynes who joins APC Microbiome Institute as our new EU Grants Manager. I would also like to welcome Casey Kavanagh, an incoming Research Fellow from Janssen, who has received a Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship and will join Niall Hyland’s group for 6 months to study obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Welcome also to the many summer students who are getting their first taste of research at the APC.  

If you are in need of some summer reading why not catch up on the latest on “The Gut-Brain Axis” by checking out Niall Hyland & Catherine Stanton’s new book or pick up a copy of Seamus O’Mahony’s thoughtful book “The Way We Die Now”.

And do enter our Competition to win one of our brand new APC Microbiome Institute T-shirts!

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute

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Competition

Be in with a chance to win one of our brand new APC Microbe Man t-shirts by matching the dogs to their APC owners!

ALL E-MAILS received before 5pm on Friday 1st July will be entered into the  draw.

 

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Research

APC Addresses Grand Challenges in Global Health

APC Addresses Grand Challenges in Global Health

The APC Microbiome Institute’s Dr Jennifer Mahony and Professor Douwe van Sinderen were awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. …Read more.

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Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship

Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 with more than 1.9 billion adults overweight and over 600 million obese (2014; World Health Organisation).  Currently there is a lack of efficacious, safe and well tolerated obesity drugs, so the APC has teamed up with  …

Read more.

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APC at the Forefront of Microbiome Research

APC at the Forefront of Microbiome Research

The APC recently commissioned Leiden-based CWTS (https://www.cwts.nl/) to conduct an independent bibliometric analysis of APC publications in the period 2003 to 2013, based on citations up to the end of 2014.  …

Read more.

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New Books from APC Faculty

New Books from APC Faculty

Two new books have just been published by APC Faculty members: The Gut-Brain Axis, Dietary, Probiotic, and Prebiotic Interventions on the Microbiota   This cutting edge-book, edited by Dr Niall Hyland  and Professor Catherine Stanton, explores how diet, probiotics, and prebiotics can help modulate the microbiome …

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People

Profile - Jill Haynes, new EU Grants Manager

Profile - Jill Haynes, new EU Grants Manager

APC welcomes Dr Jill Haynes, who recently joined the Institute as EU Grants Manager.  She has a BSc in Genetics and a PhD in Microbiology from University College Cork. …

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APC Successes at the Irish Laboratory Awards

APC Successes at the Irish Laboratory Awards

APC’s researchers had major success at the 2016 Irish Laboratory Awards in May, with representatives taking six awards. Mr Pat Casey, APC Preclinical Research Co-ordinator, was   …

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Education and Public Engagement

APC Microbiome Bake-off Raises Money for a Local Charity

APC Microbiome Bake-off Raises Money for a Local Charity

There was no shortage of culinary skills, icing expertise and imagination at the APC Microbiome Institute Bake-off, held in May. Bakers were set the challenge of making an edible competition entry (sweet or savoury)…

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Students Experience Cutting-Edge Science at UCC

Students Experience Cutting-Edge Science at UCC

Budding Biologists, the annual action-packed Transition Year (TY) programme coordinated by the APC Microbiome Institute took place in April.  The week long programme provides real insights into “hot” topics such as antibiotic resistant bacteria, neuroscience, pharmaceutical chemistry, photonics  …

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APC Summer Students

Eighteen undergraduate science and medical students are gaining research experience at the APC this summer.  Eight are funded by the APC and others are funded through the Health Research Board, the Wellcome Trust  and elsewhere.  We wish the students a very productive and enjoyable summer.  They are pictured here following their induction day.

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events

• CARING Research Symposium 23 June UCC

For more information please see:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/comhcpd/courses/shortcourses/seminars/caregiversymposium/

 

• 18th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Dublin

For more information,, please visit the link below:

http://www.iufost2016.com/

 

• “Exploring the microbe-immune system interface”, 1-2 September 2016, UCC

For more information please see:

http://www.microbiologysociety.org/events/focused-meetings.cfm/focused-meeting-2016-irish-division-exploring-the-microbe-immune-system-interface.

 

• Save the Date: NeuroGASTRO 2017  23-27 August,  UCC 

For more information please see:

http://www.esnm.eu/congresses/neurogastroenterology-meetings/

 

All APC Events

 

Copyright APC Microbiome Institute 2016

Newsletter edited by Dr Amanda Forde & Dr Catherine Buckley

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