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APC Microbiome Institute hosts a Festival of Neurogastroenterology


This week sees the APC Microbiome Institute host a festival of neurogastroenterology in University College Cork, culminating with NeuroGASTRO 2017 (August 24-26th;, the flagship conference of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ESNM; This will see an influx of over 460 delegates from all across Europe and indeed worldwide to Cork City and will provide an important forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research in the company of leading investigators in the field of neurogastroenterology.

The NeuroGASTRO 2017 meeting, a well-established European event that brings together leading experts in this field, was secured by the local organisers and investigators in the APC Microbiome Institute, Dr Niall Hyland and Dr Gerard Clarke, and is the first time the meeting has been held in Ireland. ‘The high quality research conducted by the APC Microbiome Institute was the beacon that helped attract this meeting to UCC’ said Dr Gerard Clarke.

‘The conference will inject more than €0.75m into the local economy ’ added Dr Hyland. ‘We appreciate the great support at all stages along the way in securing this prestigious conference, from the bid stage to delivery and that includes the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, UCC Conferencing, Cork Convention Bureau, Failte Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland who have generously sponsored the meeting’.

Promoting emerging young investigators actively involved in neurogastroenterology is a shared ambition of both the APC Microbiome Institute and the ESNM and one that is reflected in the events leading up and during the NeuroGASTRO meeting. This includes the NeuroGut Summer School (; August 21st-22nd), brought to UCC by treasurer of the ESNM, Dr Paul Enck. NeuroGut, an Initial Training Network offering young researchers excellent training opportunities in neurogastroenterology, is supported by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. Young investigators are also to the fore in the nEUROgastro TANDEM meeting (August 22-24th), which is designed to foster the European collaboration of basic and clinical scientists and practitioners in neurogastroenterology. ‘I’m passionate about guiding events that place such a strong emphasis on early-career researchers’, said Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, local organiser for the TANDEM meeting, ‘and it’s great to see the leading work conducted in the APC Microbiome Institute acknowledged by this weeklong programme of events’. The focus on young investigators continues right into the NeuroGASTRO meeting itself where a number of travel bursaries will be presented based on the scientific quality of abstracts submitted to the meeting by the cream of young investigators across Europe and beyond.

Highlights of the NeuroGASTRO meeting itself include plenary lectures from prominent local research stars such as Prof John F Cryan as well as leading international experts Prof Jan Tack (Rome Foundation and University Hospital KU Leuven) and Dr Kirsteen Browning (Penn State University). This is in addition to a sparkling programme of the latest research in neurogastroenterology and motility discussed in over 60 oral and 200 poster presentations across the 3 days of the meeting.

Pictured (left to right): NeuroGASTRO 2017 conference organisers Dr Niall Hyland, Dr Siobhain O’Mahony and Dr Ger Clarke, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork.