Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of our GutReaction.
In this issue I would like to congratulate Professor Dusko Ehrlich, Research Director Emeritus at INRA, France, Professor at King’s College London and Chief Scientific Officer of Enterome, who was awarded the Charles Donovan prize at APC’s symposium “Translating the Microbiome Potential“. The award was presented in honour of Charles Donovan MD (1863 – 1951), a Cork-trained medical officer in the Indian Medical Service. He is best remembered for his discoveries of Leishmania donovani as the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis, and Klebsiella granulomatis as that of donovanosis. Professor Ehrlich presented the ‘Charles Donovan Lecture’, during which he relayed some of his research findings and interests in the human microbiome. Congratulations also to Dr David Alpers, Washington University, a long-time friend of the APC and member of our Governance and Scientific Advisory Boards, who was awarded “APC Person of the Year”, and to APC postdoctoral Dr Lorraine Draper who was recognised as the “APC Scientist of the Year”. Professor Patrick O’Shea, incoming President of University College Cork, also addressed an audience of over 220 at the symposium.
The APC is well on its way to matching tax-payers money (received in academic grants) with funding from industry partners, a true endorsement of the commercial and societal relevance of APC research at the interface of food and medicine. The commercial significance of APC’s research is highlighted by the participation of 22 companies from the national and international food, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and veterinary sectors. These companies include Abbvie, Alimentary Health, Cremo, Danone, 4D Pharma, Friesland Campina, GE Healthcare, Janssen, Kerry, Nutricia, Second Genome, Suntory and Sigmoid Pharma. These collaborative industry projects help to create high-tech jobs, whilst also training the highly-skilled research scientists of tomorrow.
And be sure to visit Gut Instinct, the latest exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery in association with APC's John Cryan, which challenges us to think differently about how we respond emotionally at a sensory and visceral level and reminds us that our state of gut will affect our state of mind.
Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute