Issue 11 | November 2015

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Welcome

Hello reader

I am delighted to welcome you on this exciting occasion as the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre has been re-launched as the APC Microbiome Institute.   I wish to congratulate all staff for achieving the scientific excellence and establishing the industry partnerships that are prerequisite for institute status. The establishment of the new institute was welcomed by Dr Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, Dr Frank O'Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc and Dr Michael Murphy, President, UCC, who said that the APC had not only delivered but had exceeded all expectations.  This newsletter also features articles on our new alliances with AbbVie and 4D pharma plc, our latest research on genomics of lactobacilli, microbes and the brain, the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet and lots  more including APC "life beyond the lab" and our research featured in "Guts" episode of TV series  "10 Things to Know About".

 

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute

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APC Microbiome Institute Launched

APC Microbiome Institute launched

The APC Microbiome Institute was formally launched as a national institute within University College Cork on 28th August 2015, in recognition of the significantly increased scale of research activities and the importance of microbes in health. Fifty new jobs were announced, arising largely from the capacity of the institute to attract industrial partnerships.

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APC AbbVie Research Collaboration Announced

APC AbbVie research collaboration announced

The APC Microbiome Institute is delighted to announce a €7.5m investment by Science Foundation Ireland and AbbVie for a five-year research collaboration in the area of Crohn’s disease. 

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APC announces research alliance with 4D pharma plc

APC announces research alliance with 4D pharma plc

The APC Microbiome Institute is pleased to announce a research collaboration with 4D pharma plc to develop live biotherapeutics for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated CNS Disorders. The programme, worth  €4.8 million, will support several hi-tech jobs.

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A genomic encyclopedia for lactobacilli

A genomic encyclopedia for Lactobacillus

Comparative genomics for 213 strains of  Lactobacillus and associated genera has been published in Nature Communications by a large international consortium led by Prof Paul O’Toole at the APC Microbiome Institute. 

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APC scientists show that microbes regulate the birth of new brain cells in adult brain

Microbes regulate the birth of new neurons in adult brain

Can the microbes in our gut affect how our brain is wired? Research led by Dr. Olivia O’Leary and her APC colleagues has shown that the process of how new neurons are born and survive in the hippocampus, a key brain area known for learning & memory, is altered …

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APC and Italian colleagues investigate health benefits of Mediterranean diet

APC and Italian colleagues investigate health benefits of Mediterranean diet

Researchers at the APC Microbiome Institute and University of Naples Federico II have shown that a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit and vegetables is linked to a rise in health-promoting short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), as well as the gut bacteria that make these “chemical fingerprints”. …

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Life Beyond the Lab

Life beyond the lab

The talents of the APC community extend far beyond the lab! Amanda Forde loves to take to the skies in her spare time. She has been flying for over 3 years, qualified with a private pilot licence about 2 years ago and regularly takes family and friends up in the air to view breathtaking Ireland …

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Paul Ross honoured in great minds list

Paul Ross one of world's most influential minds 

Professor Paul Ross, Head of College of Science, Engineering & Food Science at University College Cork and Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbes to Molecules Research Spoke, has been included in the 2015 Thomson Reuters “World’s Most Influential Minds” list. 

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APC research in "Guts" episode of TV series "10 things to know about"

APC features in "10 Things to Know About"

John Cryan, Ted Dinan and Catherine Stanton and their researchers feature in "Guts" episode of the TV series "10 Things to Know About".

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Profile - Elisa Salivette

Dr. Elisa Salivette is a Marie  Skłodowska -Curie Fellow at the APC.  Elisa graduated in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology in 2008 and in 2012 completed a PhD at the University of Verona. 

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Recent Grants

Funding successes

Elaine Enright received an Irish Research Council Studentship ....

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Recent awards

Conor Feehily received the NUIG Anthony Moran Award

Olivia O’Leary  was honoured with the 2015 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the International and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS).

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APC Celebrates Science Week 2015

APC celebrates Science Week 2015

All hands were on deck at the APC last week for Science Week Ireland (8-15 November).  Themed “Design your future”, Science Week 2.0 marks 20 years of the national event coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). APC staff and students visited local primary schools with our new hands-on “Funky …

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at:

Innovation Showcase

8th December Dublin Further details

Teagasc Public Forum: Healthy Living Through Nutrition & Sport

9th December 2015,  Moorepark Food Research Centre  Further details

Teagasc Gateways to Food for Health

10th December 2015, Moorepark Food Research Centre    Further details

44th Annual Food Research Conference

14th December 2015, Moorepark Food Research Centre  Further details

BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition

6-9 January 2016  Further details

 

And for all the latest in cheese.......

UCC Food Industry Training Unit:

Cheese Science & Technology short course

3, 4 & 5 February 2016, University College Cork

Contact: Dr Angela Sheehan; tel +353 21 4901423; email: a,sheehan@ucc.ie 

 

All APC Events

 

Copyright APC Microbiome Institute 2015

Newsletter edited by Dr Amanda Forde & Dr Catherine Buckley

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