Issue 12 | April 2016

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Welcome

Hello reader

 Welcome to our Spring 2016 newsletter.  

In this issue, I would like to draw your attention to the overview of the Microbiome Expert Workshop which the APC Microbiome Institute hosted in Brussels.  Microbiome research is key to improving health, driving food production and EU innovation.  The workshop provided the global microbiome community (academics, industry, policy makers) with a great opportunity to bring this important topic to a wider audience.  We are particularly grateful to Mr Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development for addressing the meeting and to Science Foundation Ireland for their sponsorship of the event.  

I  would also like to acknowledge the many contributions of Prof Ian Sanderson during his sabbatical at APC.  I recommend Ian’s account of his experience here!  This issue also features articles on APC’s newest spin-out company, our latest research on gut bacteria and regulation of myelination, more "Life beyond the lab" and lots more. 

Fergus Shanahan, Director, APC Microbiome Institute

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• What is your favourite article in this issue of Gut Reaction and why?

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ALL E-MAILS received before 2pm on Friday 13th May will be entered into the  draw.

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Research

APC Hosts Microbiome Expert Workshop in Brussels

APC Hosts Microbiome Expert Workshop in Brussels

The next generation of functional foods and animal feed will be directed towards the microbiome to improve health, drive food production and support a more sustainable agriculture. …

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APC Spin-out Company Creates New Jobs in Cork

APC Spin-out Company Creates New Jobs in Cork

Tucana Health Ltd is a new spin-out from the APC Microbiome Institute founded by Professors Fergus Shanahan and Paul O’Toole to investigate how the composition of bacterial communities in the gut can aid the diagnosis and treatment of...

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Gut Microbes Regulate Myelination in the Brain

Gut Microbes Regulate Myelination in the Brain

APC scientists have shown for the first time that gut bacteria have a direct physical effect on the brain. The researchers have shown that myelination of nerves in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain is dependent on the presence of the host microbiome. ...

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People

Profile - Pauline Scanlan

Profile - Pauline Scanlan

Pauline Scanlan recently joined the APC Microbiome Institute as a Royal Society-Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellow.  ....

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On Sabbatical at APC – Professor Ian Sanderson

On Sabbatical at APC – Professor Ian Sanderson

 Ian Sanderson came to the APC Microbiome Institute last autumn from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust for a period of sabbatical research.  Ian is a paediatric gastroenterologist …

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Life Beyond the Lab 2

Life Beyond the Lab 2

When he’s not battling with colony-picking robots, navigating the corridors with stacks of bacterial libraries or solving APC IT problems, Marc McCarthy 

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New APC PhD Graduates

New APC PhD Graduates

Congratulations to the Spring 2016 APC PhD Graduates from UCC School of Microbiology.   

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European Nutrition Leadership Platform

European Nutrition Leadership Platform

Ruairi Robertson recently attended the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) in Luxemburg.  The ENLP aims to provide leadership, communication and career development skills to early-stage researchers, industry and policy professionals in the field of nutrition.  The ENLP ....

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Recent Funding Successes

Recent Funding Successes

Researchers at the APC Microbiome Institute at UCC and Teagasc were awarded ~€2m in the latest round of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” through SFI, DAFM and the HRB. This JPI seeks to …

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Education and Public Engagement

Creating Awareness of Research in Caregiving

Creating Awareness of Research in Caregiving

An increasing number of people in Ireland provide care for a relative for dementia. This important unpaid work comes with an underappreciated cost to the health of the caregiver. Often a neglected area of research,  …

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Food is Funky for Kilworth Kids

Food is Funky for Kilworth Kids

A group of 42 pupils aged 10-12 from St Martins National School in Kilworth visited Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark recently to take part in “Food is Funky – but what happens after you swallow” workshops. These hands-on workshops…

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Science without the jargon

Science Without Jargon

Carol McCarthy, School of Pharmacy, UCC and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), won this year’s UCC Science for All competition for her talk “Sense and Solubility; Using Silica to Make New Medicines for Patients”.  …

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Upcoming Events 

Catch up with APC researchers at: the following events

• CARING Research Symposium 23 June UCC

For more information please see:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/comhcpd/courses/shortcourses/seminars/caregiversymposium/

 

• 18th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Dublin

For more information,, please visit the link below:

http://www.iufost2016.com/

 

All APC Events

 

Copyright APC Microbiome Institute 2016

Newsletter edited by Dr Amanda Forde & Dr Catherine Buckley

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