Diet And Microbes At The Extremes Of Life

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Diet And Microbes At The Extremes Of Life

The interaction between diet, the microbiota and health at the extremes of life – infants and older people – is the main topic of this research theme, with a unifying emphasis on nutrition, cognition and inflammatory disease. In infants and older people, the gut microbiota is in a state of flux, so these are particularly relevant life-stages in which to modulate the microbiota in a health-promoting direction.

Outputs will include new food ingredients for infant formula and for the elderly in addition to dietary advice for infants and elderly to address issues and conditions that are typically associated with these extremes of life. We will also develop biomarkers of microbiota alteration and metabolite depletion, both of which point to consequent risk for a reduced health status which can profoundly influence how individuals are medically treated and managed.

PaulCotter2015 Paul Cotter
Title: Dr
Position: Funded Investigator
Department: Teagasc
Email: Paul.cotter@teagasc.ie
Phone: +353 25 42694
Orla O’Sullivan
Title: Dr
Position: APC Faculty
Department: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark
Email:orla.osullivan@teagasc.ie
Phone: 025 42222
Paul O’Toole
Title: Professor
Position: Principal Investigator
Department: – Microbiology
Email: pwotoole@ucc.ie
Phone: 4903997
Catherine Stanton
Title: Dr
Position: Principal Investigator
Department: Teagasc
Email: Catherine.stanton@teagasc.ie
Phone: +353 25 42606
Gerard O’Keeffe
Title: Professor
Position: Principal Investigator
Department: Anatomy and Neuroscience
Email: g.okeeffe@ucc.ie
Phone: