Let’s turn the world purple!

May 19, 2017
2017purpleucc3 World IBD Day is today (May 19th 2017).  The Main Quadrangle in University College Cork, and many famous landmarks worldwide, will be lit in purple to raise awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Forty thousand people in Irela More

Scared by Bugs

May 18, 2017
fear-0002 A Role for the Microbiome in Regulating Fear Responses New research from the APC has shown that the microbiome regulates fear responses and modifies the brain function of adult mice. The research shows at least in animal models, that major disturbances in communication between the gut micro More

Looking small, thinking Big

May 3, 2017
sfiphagelondoneventbanner-updated How bacterial viruses can change medicine as we know it Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) are partnering together to deliver an evening of insight into the world of bacterial viruses – the most abundant entities on earth. Bacterial viruses, or p More

Young Microbiologist Recognised

fems-escmid-award-winner-francesca-bottacini-283x300 Francesca Bottacini receives FEMS-ESMID Award   Many congratulations to Dr Francesca Bottacini who has received a FEMS-ESMID Award. The FEMS-ESCMID Award is a joint initiative with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) to foster and recogniz More

Fermenting an Oil-Free Future

Apr 20, 2017
chassy New EU Yeast Biotech Project Scientists at University College Cork are leading a new European project that aims to change the way we produce fuels and plastic.   Currently, oil is the source of our fuels and plastics and is also the source for some of the ingredients in our cosmetics, nutriti More

Science for All a Winner

Apr 6, 2017
darrenreidy_c1_9844w Darren Reidy wins UCC Science for All  Darren Reidy a PhD student at UCC’s School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, has emerged as the winner of the thirteenth annual UCC Science for All competition. Born and raised in Listowel, with a love for the lakes and mountains Dar More

Gut Scrum

Apr 3, 2017
gutscrumrugmymicrobiomepaulcotterorlaosullivanwileybarton2017img_0163w The Rugby Microbiome Team The microoganisms that reside in the gut, or gut microbiome, of professional athletes is distinct from that of the general public both functionally (i.e., what they do) and metabolically (i.e., what they produce). So say scientists at the APC Microbiome Institute an More

Bacteria and phages

Mar 27, 2017
paulinescanlancn2_3851web Endless cycles of evolution? What drives bacterial strain diversity in the gut? Although there are a number of possible explanations, a recent opinion piece published in TRENDs in Microbiology by Dr Pauline Scanlan, a Royal Society – Science Foundation Ireland Research Fellow at the APC Micr More

Oatmeal, healthy bugs and a happy heart

Mar 14, 2017

“Oatmeal; healthy bugs and a happy heart “ according to research published today by scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded APC Microbiome Institute in Cork.
Pictured are (left to right):

Prof Noel Caplice, Professor of Cardiovascular Science, Director of the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology and investigator APC Microbiome Institute, UCC, Prof Catherine Stanton, leader of the research, APC Microbiome Institute and Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork, and Dr Paul Ryan, APC Microbiome Institute, UCC.

Picture: Cathal Noonan Oatmeal, healthy bugs and a happy heart APC Microbiome Institute scientists have confirmed that gut microbes play a role in heart health.  They also demonstrated that we should consume porridge regularly to get the benefits of oat beta glucan for heart and gut health! The study, published i More

The Ageing Brain and the Microbiome

Mar 2, 2017
suntory-japan-visit-3 APC and Suntory Wellness Scientists Reconsider Metchnikoff by Dr Karen Scott, Postdoctoral Scientist, Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis, APC Microbiome Institute Over one hundred years ago, Elie Metchnikoff, a Russian scientist and Nobel laureate working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, hypothesis More
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