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