The aim of the Education and Public Engagement Programme is to engage patients, their families and the medical community in APC Microbiome Ireland research. We also inform the public about exciting new research findings in areas such as gastrointestinal health, probiotics, functional foods, and new therapeutic agents.

Prof Fergus Shanahan, former APC Director and a gastroenterologist who has cared for IBD patients for 30 years, particularly encourages patients to get involved in their own care and to seek professional help to process the emotional and psychological aspects of an IBD diagnosis. He has recently written a new book for patients and their supporters which is full of useful information about diagnosis, treatment options and advice to stay healthy. The book “Inflammatory Bowel Disease – fast facts for patients and their supporters” is published by Karger and is now available to purchase online.

The 6th edition of the Fast Facts Inflammatory Bowel Disease (for medical practitioners) by David S. Rampton and Fergus Shanahan is will be available from Karger in 2021.

OUT NOW: The Language of Illness; BOOK by Fergus Shanahan

In this ground-breaking book, Dr Fergus Shanahan,  looks at the ways in which language can act as a barrier with regard to illness, and proposes practical ways in which we can dismantle these barriers. Part manifesto, part memoir, and part instruction manual, the book is an appeal for the use of clearer, more holistic language, by all those involved with, and affected by, illness. It is a book for all those who care about caring.  Order your copy from Liberties Press 


APC engages with patients via  Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC), with whom it hosts a biannual Patient Open Day at Cork University Hospital.


APC initiated World Microbiome Day which took place for the first time in 2018 and is now celebrated annually on 27th June, in partnership with and .  The 2022 theme is Celebration of the Microbial World.

World Digestive Health Day is celebrated on May 29th each year.  This date, designated by the World Organisation of Gastroenterology (WGO), aims to fill the “knowledge gap” with regard to all aspects of gastroenterology and to bring the very latest information on these conditions to medical practitioners, other health care workers, patients and the general public.  In the past, themes have focused on areas such as Health and Nutrition, Helicobacter pylori infection, Viral Hepatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.     See our video on gut Health & Faecal Microbiota Transplantation for World Digestive Health Day 2014.

The APC regularly conducts clinicial and food trials to investigate the potential benefit of probiotic bacteria to act as a natural alternative or supplement to conventional drug therapy, to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

For further information please contact:

Susan Rafferty-McArdle
Operations Manager
t: 021-4901753