Issue 16| December 2017

Seasons Greetings 

Hello reader

This has been another big year for APC Microbiome Ireland but rather than think of what has gone before we now look forward to 2018, our 15th year. In June, we will host and organise the biennial International Human Microbiome Consortium meeting (IHMC; http://apc.ucc.ie/ihmc-2018/ ), a huge vote of confidence from our international colleagues. More importantly, we have set ourselves ambitious targets for science and public engagement that will promote our mission and vision. Onward! 

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Ireland

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Research  

New APC Industry Partnership Announced

New APC Industry Partnership Announced

APC Microbiome Ireland and DuPont Nutrition & Health have just announced a new research collaboration. This multiyear partnership will focus on maternal and infant microbiomes, which play a critical role in infant development and long-term health. The goal is to develop solutions to help establish a healthy microbiome in early life,

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Look up to the brightest stars

Look up to the brightest stars

Four APC Microbiome Ireland Principal Investigators feature in the latest “Highly Cited Researchers” list. This annual list identifies scientists whose research publications, and the extent to which they have been cited by other scientists globally, place them among the top 1% most cited in their subject field.  …

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The Unsocial Gut

The Unsocial Gut

By Anna Golubeva, Postdoctoral scientist, APC Microbiome Ireland Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are among the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by impaired social skills and repetitive patterns ...

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A Festival of Neurogastroenterology at APC

A Festival of Neurogastroenterology at APC

APC Microbiome Ireland hosted a festival of neurogastroenterology in University College Cork, culminating with NeuroGASTRO 2017 (http://www.neurogastro2017.org/), the flagship conference of the  European Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ESNM; http://www.esnm.eu/). …

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Recent Grants and Awards

Recent Grants and Awards

Catherine Stanton will coordinate METHLAB, a €1,036,000  Research Stimulus Fund Project under the European Research Area for Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases from Agri- and Silvi-culture (ERA-Gas) Call 2016. 

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My New Gut Annual Meeting hosted at APC Microbiome Institute

My New Gut Annual Meeting hosted at APC Microbiome Institute

By Catriona Long-Smith

APC Microbiome Ireland hosted the 3rd Annual Meeting of the MyNewGut Project (http://www.mynewgut.eu/home). 

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Secondment to Second Genome

Secondment to Second Genome

By Nina Konstantinidou, Postdoctoral Scientist APC.

I am a bioinformatics post-doctoral scientist at APC Microbiome Ireland, but am seconded to a California based company, Second Genome, to carry out multi-omics bioinformatics analysis for a study on Inflammatory Bowel Disease research (IBD). 

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Learning Food Fermentation

Learning Food Fermentation 

at Ballymaloe Cookery School

By John Leech, PhD student, APC Microbiome Ireland, Teagasc Food Research  

Fermentation is among the oldest forms of food preservation. It is practised around the world on all kinds of different foods.  …

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Education and Public Engagement

Build the Read

Build the Read 

- A Hands-On Activity for Introducing Next-Generation DNA Sequencing and Bioinformatics. 

Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) is the current standard for providing genomic data which is of key importance in for microbiome research and addressing issues in public health. ...

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Cork Science Festival 2017

Cork Science Festival 2017

Cork Science Festival took place in November and once again proved to be a great success.   Over the course of 10 days, an audience in excess of 12,000 participated in the many STEM engagement opportunities in Cork Science Festival. The project team are under no illusion that this event could not have taken place without …

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John Cryan | TEDxHa'pennyBridge

Feed Your Microbes - Nurture Your Mind | Prof. John Cryan | TEDxHa'pennyBridge

Video now available to watch

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APC Public Forum on Sport, Nutrition and the Microbiome  

APC Public Forum on Sport, Nutrition and the Microbiome 

Exercise and healthy eating are the most powerful ways in which we can influence our health and the public are very interested and motivated to learn more.  

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Food for Thought at The Cornstore

Food for Thought at The Cornstore

APC Microbiome Ireland hosted a “Food for Thought; Eating for Digestive Health” event at The Cornstore restaurant in Cork. The event sold out within a couple of days of posting on social media. Speakers on the night were  John Cryan, Susan Joyce and John Keohane. 

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A little about my time as an APC Summer Student

A little about my time as an APC Summer Student

By James Harte, Biomedical Science Undergraduate Student, UCC

The APC Summer Studentship was absolutely everything I hoped it would be, and so much more: the studentship proved to be intellectually challenging, but also profoundly inspiring. 

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events:

Spanish Science Workshop for Children 27 January 2018 Full details:  http://apc.ucc.ie/events/spanish-science-workshop-children/

IHMC 2018, International Human Microbiome Consortium meeting: June 2018. Registration now open. Full details at IHMC 2018 CONFERENCE WEBSITEhttp://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  Catherine Buckley & Sally Cudmore