Issue 17| May 2018

Welcome

Hello reader

In June, we will host and organise the biennial International Human Microbiome Consortium meeting (IHMC; http://apc.ucc.ie/ihmc-2018/ ). If you haven't already, please register and book your accommodation before it is too late.  We very much hope to see you in Killarney!

We are calling on the microbiome community, from all areas such as academia, industry and policy makers and representing all microbiomes (e.g. human, animal, soil, food etc) to join us in developing an annual WORLD MICROBIOME DAY, the first of which is planned for Wednesday June 27th 2018 during the IHMC conference. We have set up the website www.worldmicrobiomeday.com to promote this initiative and to enable everyone to contribute their events. 

Importantly, this month sees the introduction of new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in Europe, so if you wish to continue receiving this newsletter, you need to confirm your subscription HERE

Stay in touch!

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Ireland

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Research  

Recent Funding Announcement

Recent Funding Announcement

Dr Marcus Claesson has been awarded €504,000 for improving prediction of treatment outcomes of ulcerative colitis in children. Marcus was the only awardee from UCC and APC Microbiome Ireland, included in the announcement by John Halligan (Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation) of an investment of €13.7 million in funding …

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Anti-Microbial Resistance

Mobilising the Microbiome against Anti-Microbial Resistance

Resistance to antibiotics (antimicrobial resistance; AMR) is a global health threat and poses serious challenges for Irish and other national health systems. However, solutions are emerging.  APC Microbiome …

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France en Irelande

France en Irelande

APC hosts visit of HE Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassadeur de France en Irlande French Ambassador to Ireland, HE Stéphane Crouzat, along with Dr Marc Daumas, Science Attaché in the French Embassy, visited APC Microbiome Ireland on April 26th 2018 for an introduction to the microbiome and to find out about ongoing research at the APC.   The visiting group also included Mr …

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Unravelling the secrets of Bifidobacteria across three generations

Unravelling the secrets of Bifidobacteria across three generations

A new genome study of a Bifidobacterium subspecies by Morinaga Milk and APC Microbiome Ireland may explain its wide distribution across all ages.  Bifidobacterium longum is one of only a handful of species of gut bacteria that is widely present among people of all ages, including infants, adults and the elderly. Recently, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese dairy …

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RCSI recognises Fergus Shanahan

RCSI recognises Fergus Shanahan

Professor Fergus Shanahan delivered the John J. Ryan  lecture entitled ‘Translating Microbiome Science’ at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland Research Day 2018.  The John J Ryan Distinguished Lecture award recognizes a scientist who has made major contributions to …

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University of Antwerp honours John Cryan

University of Antwerp honours John Cryan

Many congrats to Prof. John F. Cryan who has been awarded an Honorary degree in Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences by the University of Antwerp. Prof Jean-Pierre Timmermans delivered the Laudation at the conferring ceremony. In total five eminent scientists received …

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Engaging with Policy Makers

Engaging with Policy Makers

Senior management at APC Microbiome Ireland recently hosted a visit of  James Lawless TD and science advocate, and his adviser Dr Kevin Byrne, UCD. James Lawless is a …

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Triple Success for APC

Triple Success for APC

Many congratulations to our Principal Investigators Prof. Catherine Stanton and Dr Paul Cotter whose labs were announced as winners at the 2018 Irish Lab Awards. Catherine Stanton APC Microbiome Ireland Lab at Teagasc  - Academic or Research Laboratory of the Year and Healthcare Laboratory of the Year Award Paul Cotter Vision 1 Food …

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Education and Public Engagement

In the Media

In the Media

APC researchers Prof. Paul O’Toole, Dr Susan Joyce, Prof. Ted Dinan and Prof. John Cryan all featured in the excellent BBC Radio 4 documentary series “The Second Genome”, broadcast initially on 10th,17th and 24th April and still available on BBCiPlayer. John Cryan and Ted Dinan also feature in Stressed”, a 2-part documentary

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Women of APC

Women of APC

International Women's Day 2018 Female APC researchers speak about what inspires them in these great videos created by Eimear Ferguson for International Women's Day 2018. Watch the videos on our Facebook page.

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Let Food be thy Medicine

Let Food be thy Medicine

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, has been published by  APC scientists Professor John Cryan, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork (UCC) and Professor Ted Dinan, Professor of Psychiatry at the University, together, and with the help of, acclaimed US science writer Scott C. Anderson. ‘The …

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APC Microbiome Ireland's Budding Biologists 2018

Budding Biologists 2018

Each year APC hosts  week long  programmes for transition year secondary school students (16-17 years) to give them hands on lab experience on campus and to highlight career opportunities in STEM. To get a taster, watch this video.

 

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Using Viruses to Stop Superbugs

Using Viruses to Stop Superbugs

Tom Sutton of APC Microbiome Ireland and the School of Microbiology won this year’s UCC Science for All competition for his talk “Fighting fire with fire: Using viruses to stop superbugs!”. …

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Microbiome Baking for Cancer Support  

Microbiome Baking for Cancer Support  

Cork ARC Cancer Support House was the beneficiary of a recent cake sale with a difference at APC Microbiome Ireland.  APC researchers baked amazing edible creations, both sweet and savoury, all relating to the microbiome  …

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Biologen Op Stap

Biologen Op Stap

A group of eager undergraduate biology students from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, recently visited APC Microbiome Ireland to learn more about the science we perform here. A busy itinerary was organised at APC for the  Biologen Op Stap, (translated as Biologists On Tour) group. I …

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It’s what’s inside that counts

It’s what’s inside that counts

 A photograph by Kevin Egan, a postgraduate student on the Peptide Protectants project, showing bacteriocin (nisin) producing colonies of Lactococcus lactis inhibiting vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), an important nosocomial (hospital acquired) superbug, has won the CommBeBiz’s 2018 Photo Competition. Kevin Egan said: “This photo highlights the potential of the human microbiome as a source …

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events:

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 meeting;  July 2018.  Full details http://serotoninclub.org/

 

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Newsletter edited by  Catherine Buckley &  Jill Haynes