Issue 14 | March 2017

Welcome

Hello reader

Welcome to the March 2017 issue of our newsletter.

In this issue, there are lots of interesting articles on our latest research and collaborations, including publications on the microbiota of babies born by c-section, prebiotics reversing stress, the scientific evidence behind “Origin Green”, the effects of alcohol on the gut microbiome and the ageing brain and the microbiome.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all APC researchers for the part they played in my recent Gold Medal award from the Royal Irish Academy. Whilst I was honoured to accept this prestigious award, I would like to acknowledge that this award reflects the excellence of the entire APC Microbiome Institute community.

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute

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Research  

RIA Gold Medal for Fergus Shanahan

RIA Gold Medal for Fergus Shanahan

Professor Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at University College Cork and Professor Louis Cullen, TCD have been awarded Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals.

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Milk is more than a drink

Milk is more than a drink - Cremo highlights APC Collaboration

 

by Dr. Bernard L. Roy, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Cremo SA, Switzerland

The APC Microbiome Institute and Cremo have been working together on collaborative projects since 2012 ......

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The Ageing Brain and the Microbiome

The Ageing Brain and the Microbiome - APC and Suntory Wellness Scientists Reconsider Metchnikoff

by Dr Karen Scott, Postdoctoral Scientist, Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis, APC Microbiome Institute

Over one hundred years ago, Elie Metchnikoff, a Russian scientist and Nobel laureate working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, hypothesised that the cognitive and physical effects of ageing could be delayed by targeting the gut. 

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Drunk Bugs

Drunk Bugs - the effects of alcohol on the gut microbiome

by Veronica Peterson, PhD student, Gut-Brain-Microbiota Axis, APC Microbiome Institute.  

APC scientists have teamed up with Andrew Holmes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, MD, USA to investigate the link between gut microbiota and alcohol addiction. 

Read more.

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Breast feeding is particularly important for babies born by C-section

Breast feeding is particularly important for babies born by C-section

 By Dr Cian Hill, Prof Catherine Stanton and Prof. Anthony Ryan

APC scientists have found that breast feeding is particularly important for babies born by Caesarean section, and especially those born early (<35 weeks), as it helps to develop a more “normal” gut microbiota (bacterial community). …

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Feed your Microbes-Block your Stress

Feed your Microbes - Block your Stress  - APC Scientists Uncover Dietary Mechanism to Reverse the Effects of Stress

by Prof John Cryan

Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine” and efforts are increasing to develop dietary strategies to target stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

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Green pastures deliver superior dairy products

Green pastures deliver superior dairy products - the scientific evidence for “Origin Green”

by Tom O'Callaghan, PhD student, Prof Catherine Stanton and Prof Paul Ross

The vast majority of cows in the world are fed indoors and see little of the lush pastures that we are so used to here in Ireland. 

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New Research Projects Funded

New Research Projects Funded

Dr Paul Cotter, APC Funded Investigator based at Teagasc,  and Prof Aidan Coffey APC Faculty at Cork Institute of Technology have been awarded funding by the Irish Government Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)  

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British Pharmacological Society Appointment

British Pharmacological Society Appointment

APC Faculty member Dr. Niall Hyland, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University College Cork,  has been appointed Vice President of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) with responsibility for meetings. 

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Excellence of APC Faculty Recognised

Excellence of APC Faculty Recognised

Three members of APC Faculty who are members of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Cork Institute of Technology were recently designated Professors.  

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APC Scientist visits China

APC Scientist visits China

Professor Catherine Stanton from the APC Microbiome Institute and Teagasc participated in a recent series of seminars on Ireland’s Dairy Nutrition and Infant Formula Manufacturing (IFM), R&D and Investment, which was hosted by Enterprise Ireland in China.   

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A rewarding experience at the APC

A rewarding experience at the APC

By Roberta Prete, Visiting PhD student from the University of Teramo, Italy.

I had the great pleasure to work with Dr. Susan Joyce and Dr. Cormac Gahan at the APC for almost 9 months where I contributed to research on Bile Salt Hydrolase and learned many new techniques.

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Education and Public Engagement

The Board Games of Science

The Board Games of Science

By Emer Kelly, APC PhD student and co-founder of tabletopCork  

Playing board games has many documented benefits, such as promoting socialisation for Alzheimer’s sufferers, a reduction in depression in persons suffering from dementia, engaging children with autism spectrum disorder in socially-based activities, and enhancing the numerical knowledge for children from low-income families. 

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APC at Congreso Futuro, Chile

APC at Congreso Futuro, Chile

by Prof. John F. Cryan  

Prof John Cryan  was a guest speaker at the Futures Congress http://www.congresodelfuturo.cl/, which took place between from 9th -15th January 2017 in Santiago and across Chile. 

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events:

Gut Instinct: Art, Food and Feeling exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, in association with the APC Microbiome Institute continues until 19th March, with a busy schedule of events  Watch the video on vimeo https://vimeo.com/202763398 and see the full programme of activities at http://www.glucksman.org/GutInstinct.html.   Make sure you drop in!

 Innovation in Irish Food and Drink; Past, Present and Future 10-12 March 2016, University College Cork.   Further details:  http://www.uccconferencing.ie/product/ucc-food-conf/

Advances in Nutritional Dairy Products & Ingredients, Society for Dairy Technology Spring Conference,  University College Cork ,  10 - 12 April 2017. Full details: www.sdt.org      

Neurogastro2017: 24-26 August 2017. Full details: http://www.neurogastro2017.org/

IHMC 2018, International Human Microbiome Conference: June 2018. Full details: http://apc.ucc.ie/ihmc-2018/

ISSR  (International Society for Serotonin Research)  July 2018.  Full details http://serotoninclub.org/

 

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Newsletter edited by  Dr Catherine Buckley & Dr Sally Cudmore