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Let’s turn the world purple!

May 19, 2017
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
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
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

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
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
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
The Rugby Microbiome Team By Wiley Barton, APC PhD student   APC scientists have taken our research on the microbiome of professional rugby players to a whole new league.   Together with collaborators at Imperial College London, we have shown that the gut microbiome of pro More

Bacteria and phages

Mar 27, 2017
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 by Paul Ryan, previous APC PhD student, now studying medicine APC Microbiome Institute scientists have confirmed that gut microbes play a role in heart health.  We also demonstrated that we should consume porridge regularly to get the benefits of oat More

The Ageing Brain and the Microbiome

Mar 2, 2017
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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