Issue 13 | December 2016

Welcome

Hello reader

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

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Research  

APC scientists develop an arsenal of new natural alternatives to antibiotics

What if mackerel could fight superbugs?  

 

This was one of the “big questions of Irish science” posed by Science Foundation Ireland as part of their #sciencerising PR campaign associated with Science Week 2016.  Mackerel is the source of formicin, a new antimicrobial recently identified by APC scientists. 

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Metagenomic Analysis of Kefir

Does kefir promote health?

Kefir is a dairy beverage produced when kefir grain is added to milk to initiate a natural fermentation. The grains are known to contain a vast range of beneficial microbes, and APC has published some new insights into their health promoting properties .

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Profile -

Profile - Dr Toshitaka Odamaki

Toshitaka Odamaki joined Douwe van Sinderen's group at APC, where he is using bioinformatics tools to analyse the genomes of bifidobacteria as a new collaborative project with Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. …

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Profile - Dr Crystal Johnson

Profile - Dr Crystal Johnson

Dr Crystal Johnson, from Oklahoma USA, was recently awarded a two-year H2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie Independent Fellowship. Crystal is working with Catherine Stanton and Paul Ross in collaboration with Mr. Criostoir O'Suilleabhain of Mercy University Hospital. . …

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APC Faculty Awarded €1.8m Research Funding

APC Faculty Awarded €1.8m Research Funding

APC researchers have been awarded almost €1.8m through Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA) Programmes.   …

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Profile - Dr Eibhlis O'Connor

Profile - Dr Eibhlis O'Connor, APC Associated Faculty

Dr Eibhlis O’Connor (BSc. RNutr. PhD) from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, is a registered human nutritionist and lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Limerick. She has strong collaborative links with APC investigating how diet impacts and modulates the gut microbiota. 

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Profile - Dr John Morrissey

Profile - Dr John Morrissey, APC Associated Faculty

Dr John Morrissey   is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Microbiology, UCC.  He has a BSc in Microbiology from UCC and a PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich, UK. He took up research …

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Profile - Prof Paula O'Leary, APC Associated Faculty

Professor Paula O’Leary was recently appointed Professor of Medicine in UCC. She graduated with a medical degree from University College Cork in 1987 and trained in Internal Medicine and Clinical and Laboratory Immunology at centres in Cork, Dublin, Oxford and Birmingham, obtaining memberships of RCPI, RCPath London and an MD degree from University of …

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Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Congratulations to Paul Cotter who will take up a new role as Head of Food Biosciences Department in Teagasc from December 1st.  He also won an Invention of the Year (Teagasc category) award for “Simultaneous detection of the four Bacillus cereus toxin encoding genes using multiplex real-time PCR. 

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Gold for Cork iGEM team

Gold for Cork iGEM team

 UCC’s iGEM team were awarded a Gold medal at the prestigious international iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) Jamboree held recently in Boston. More than 600 teams from the top universities in the world, including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford took part in the competition which is held up as the gold …

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Summer Students 2016 – report from Grace O’Mahony

Summer Students 2016 – report from Grace O’Mahony

 I was funded by the Health Research Board to conduct research in the APC lab of Ken Nally for 2 months. I found the internship to be an immensely positive experience, as it was my first time working in a research lab. 

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Education and Public Engagement

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct

APC’s John Cryan has teamed up with the Glucksman Gallery for the Gut Instinct exhibition which opened at the gallery on 24th November and runs until 19 March 2017.  Be sure to visit and watch out for the associated scientific programme.

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Public Forum

Public Forum 

Who cares for the caregivers? This is one of the questions that was on the agenda of a public symposium - "CARING Perspectives: Living with Dementia and the Caregiver Experience"  held recently. The symposium provided a number of different perspectives from key stakeholders on the …

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APC Engaging Peers and the Public

APC Engaging Peers and the Public

 APC’s Education and Public Engagement team and the extended APC community have had a busy few months engaging the public at local, national and international events. 

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events

• Healthy Ageing: Focus on Caregiver Stress and Cognition Scientific Symposium  12 December, UCC

For more information please see: http://apc.ucc.ie/events/public-seminar-healthy-aging-focus-caregiver-stress-cognition/ 

 

Upcoming Conferences

 APC has won bids to host 3 large conferences in Cork in the next 18 months – congrats to the teams involved in the bids

-Neurogastro2017: 24-26 August 2017. 550 attendees expected (Ger Clarke, Niall Hyland) http://www.neurogastro2017.org/

-IHMC 2018: June 2018. 700 attendees expected (Paul O’Toole, Fergus Shanahan) http://apc.ucc.ie/ihmc-2018/

-ISSR July 2018 (International Society for Serotonin Research) (John Cryan). 400 attendees expected

 

All APC Events

 

Copyright APC Microbiome Institute 2016

Newsletter edited by Dr Amanda Forde & Dr Catherine Buckley

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