|University College Cork where the APC is headquartered|
|Moorepark Food Research Centre Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork|
|Cork Institute of Technology|
|Alimentary Glycoscience Research Cluster National University of Ireland, Galway|
|University of Limerick National University of Ireland, Limerick|
Other academic partners that the APC collaborates with are:
ELDERMET is very significant and unique metagenomic project that involves many of the investigators from the APC. It is investigating the relationship between diet, gut bacteria and health status in a large number of elderly (>65 years) subjects. Controlling gut bacteria, for example by dietary modification, offers the prospect of improving health, especially in elderly people. In recent years, scientists have shown that the large numbers of bacteria that are always carried in the human gut are important for our health.
They are involved in extracting energy from our food, making certain vitamins, keeping dangerous bacteria at bay, and even fine-tuning or own defence mechanisms or immune system.
As people age, these beneficial properties of the gut bacteria appear to weaken, and the immune system also slows down. It’s not clear which body defence functions and defence mechanisms are most dependent on gut bacteria – which is what ELDERMET aims to establish.
Centres for Science, Engineering & Technology (CSETs)
The APC is one of twelve Research Centres that are funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry. These research centres are dedicated to delivering high-value research and advancing Ireland’s smart economy through cutting-edge research and development. With innovative partnerships with industry, government and academia, the centres add value to Ireland through jobs creation, inward investment and international excellence in science, engineering and technology.
SFI RESEARCH CENTRES
ADAPT – CENTRE FOR DIGITAL CONTENT PLATFORM RESEARCH
ADAPT is Ireland’s global centre of excellence for digital content and media innovation.
AMBER – ADVANCED MATERIALS AND BIO-ENGINEERING RESEARCH
AMBER provides a partnership between world-class materials science researchers and industry.
CONNECT is a flagship research centre for communications networking, services, applications and technologies.
CÚRAM – CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MEDICAL DEVICES
CÚRAM aims to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing implantable ‘smart’ medical devices.
ICRAG – IRISH CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN APPLIED GEOSCIENCES
iCRAG brings together Ireland’s leading geoscience experts to work on developing safe and secure groundwater supplies, discovering mineral and aggregate deposits, de-risking oil and gas exploration, and educating and informing the public on geoscience-related issues.
INFANT-IRISH CENTRE FOR FETAL AND NEONATAL TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH
INFANT is an international leader of discovery and innovation in perinatal healthcare.
INSIGHT – IRELANDS BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS CENTRE
Insight is one of the biggest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making.
I-PIC – IRISH PHOTONIC INTEGRATION RESEARCH CENTRE
IPIC brings together more than 100 researchers from four institutes to develop new light-enabled technologies. It is a key enabling technology that underpins the internet and affects diverse industries such as medical devices,renewable energy, manufacturing and environmental monitoring.
LERO – THE IRISH SOFTWARE RESEARCH CENTRE
Lero brings together leading software teams from universities and institutes of technology in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus.
MAREI – MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY IRELAND
MaREI is a cluster of academic and industrial partners dedicated to solving the scientific, technical, social and economic challenges related to marine renewable energy (MRE). It comprises internationally recognised experts in MRE and associated industries.
SSPC – SYNTHESIS & SOLID STATE PHARMACEUTICAL CLUSTER
SSPC is a global hub of pharmaceutical process innovation and advanced manufacturing, leading the way for next-generation drug manufacture. It is the largest research collaboration in Ireland and one of the largest globally in the pharmaceutical sector.
Food for Health Ireland (FHI) is a research centre which aims to determine how milk ingredients can be extracted and used to deliver health benefits for consumers. It is a unique partnership between four of Ireland’s major dairy processing companies and four public research organisations.
Supported by Enterprise Ireland, FHI combines the expertise of researchers at University College Cork (FHI headquarters), University College Dublin, Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre, and University of Limerick to provide a pipeline for the development of new functional food ingredients and products. A ‘functional food’ is one that serves a purpose beyond basic nutrition, promoting health or reducing the risk of certain diseases. FHI links the researchers with Carbery Group, Dairygold Co-operative Society Ltd, Glanbia plc and Kerry Group plc, to maximise the health potential of ‘bioactives’ derived from milk. Many of these bioactive ingredients are derived from milk proteins, carbohydrates and fats and are being tested for their impact on early infant development and their ability to reduce the risk of infection, heart disease and obesity. Their efficacy will be scientifically and clinically validated in model systems and human intervention studies to ensure they meet the requirements of EU regulations on nutrition and health claims.
The APC is collaborating closely with researchers from the Tyndall National Institute on an Enterprise Ireland funded project to develop technology that would allow point-of-care detection of GI disorders in a doctor’s clinic.