The aim of the Education and Public Engagement Programme is to inform patients, their families and the medical community about research activities within APC Microbiome Ireland. 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.

In association with the Department of Medicine at Cork University Hospital, the APC hosts a biannual Patient Open Day with the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC). Details of the 2020 Patient Day will be posted shortly.

APC initiated World Microbiome Day which took place for the first time on 27th June 2018 and was celebrated again on 27th June 2019, in partnership with and .  Celebrations will continue on 27th June 2020 with the theme diversity – diversity of microbiomes, diversity of diets and diversity of researchers.

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 theme for World Digestive Health Day 2020 is the gut microbiome.


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