Issue 15| July 2017

Welcome

Hello reader

Welcome to the July 2017 issue of our newsletter.

The newsletter includes all the latest news from the APC Microbiome Institute, from research,publications, grants and awards received by our community, to our education and public engagement activities, upcoming conferences and events, and profiles of our researchers.

I would especially urge you to read about and download our latest iPad App - Mind Your Microbes. The human gut microbiome is hugely important to us all, so this app is about you! 

Enjoy!

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute

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Research  

Detecting pathogenic strains in food products

Detecting pathogenic strains in food products

By Aaron Walsh, PhD student, APC Microbiome Institute, Teagasc Food Research

Foodborne pathogens are responsible for millions of illnesses annually.  The rapid detection of pathogenic strains in food products is essential for the prevention of disease outbreaks. 

Read more.

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Understanding How Pain is Bugging you…

Understanding How Pain is Bugging you…

by John Cryan

APC Scientists have shown that, at least in mice, gut bacteria play a key role in regulating abdominal pain and its associated changes in the brain and spinal cord......

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Bacteria and phages

Endless Cycles of Evolution  

by Pauline Scanlan, Royal Society Research Fellow, APC

What drives bacterial strain diversity in the gut? Although there are a number of possible explanations, a recent opinion piece I published in TRENDs in Microbiology  addresses one potentially important and overlooked aspect of this unresolved question....

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Gut Scrum

Gut Scrum

By Wiley Barton, APC PhD student  

APC scientists have taken our research on the microbiome of professional rugby players to a whole new league.   Together with collaborators at Imperial College London, we have shown that the gut microbiome of professional athletes is distinct from that of the general public both functionally (i.e., what they …

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Oatmeal, healthy bugs and a happy heart

Oatmeal, healthy bugs and a happy heart

by Paul Ryan, previous APC PhD student, now studying medicine

APC Microbiome Institute scientists have confirmed that gut microbes play a role in heart health.  We also demonstrated that we should consume porridge regularly to get the benefits of oat beta glucan for heart and gut health! 

Read more.

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London Event with Colin Hill & Louise Jopling, J&J  

Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) in London partnered to deliver an evening of insight into the world of bacterial viruses – the most abundant entities on earth. Bacterial viruses, or phage, were discovered 100 years ago this year.  

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Recent Awards

Recent Grants and Awards 

Catherine Stanton, Colin Hill, Paul Ross and Gerald Fitzgerald have received funding as partner in the H2020 MSCA-RISE project   NO PROBLeMS (Nourishing PRObiotics to Bees to Mitigate Stressors).  The project is coordinated by the University of Bologna  …

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Profile - David Keohane

Profile - David Keohane

by David Keohane, APC MD Fellow

I graduated from UCC School of Medicine in 2010. Subsequently, I gained a Masters (MMedSc) in Sports and Exercise Medicine from UCC, a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from NUIG and Specialist Registration in Primary Care with the Irish College of General Practitioners.  

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Life Beyond the Lab

Life Beyond the Lab 3

Row, row, row your boat

By Aifric Keogh, APC researcher and international rower

I’ve been rowing for over 10 years and can’t imagine life without it.  I usually have around 15 training sessions per week. It can be tough to juggle lab work and training but with proper planning and time management it’s possible to do both to a high …

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Life Beyond the Lab 4

On Top of Europe  

By Sally Cudmore, APC General Manager

If you ever want to spend a holiday literally tied to your spouse and children, then this comes highly recommended (and the only kinks were in the rope)! Over the winter we decided to attempt a Mont Blanc summit in July, so the intervening months were spent training in the …

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Education and Public Engagement

Mind your Microbes

Mind your Microbes

New App from APC by Marc McCarthy, APC Research Support Officer

I am proud to announce that Mind Your Microbes (APC’s newest iPad App) has been released in the iTunes App Store. An SFI Discover 2016- funded project, this was initially envisaged as an exhibit solely for public events, but due to demand and popularity of the idea with the …

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Transition Year Experiences

Transition Year Experiences

APC coordinates two different transition year programmes where secondary school students (aged 16 years approx.)  come to UCC for a week to learn about the varied career opportunities open to science graduates. 

Read more.

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UCC Science for All

UCC Science for All

UCC Science for All is a science communication competition now in its 13th year which challenges young scientists to share the excitement of their research with the general public in an easily understandable manner, 

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events:

NeuroGASTRO2017: 24-26 August 2017. Full details: http://www.neurogastro2017.org/

Food for Thought at the Cornstore Restaurant, Cork, 19th September 2017 Sample a menu designed to support your microbiome and health, and hear from APC researchers and chefs about how our food choices effect the composition of microbes in our gut and our overall health – full details shortly.

National Ploughing Championships, Screggan, Co, Offaly  19-21 September 2017 Catch up with us at the Science Foundation Ireland Pavilion http://www.npa.ie

APC Public Forum – Exercising your Microbiome During Science Week November 12-19th 2017 – MORE soon! 

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

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

 

Copyright APC Microbiome Institute 2017

Newsletter edited by  Dr Catherine Buckley & Dr Sally Cudmore