APC Microbiome Institute Launched
28 August 2015
The APC Microbiome Institute was formally launched as a national institute within University College Cork on 28th August 2015, in recognition of the significantly increased scale of research activities and the importance of microbes in health. Fifty new jobs were announced, arising largely from the capacity of the institute to attract industrial partnerships. Commenting on the achievement, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Mr Simon Coveney TD, said “Government policy is directed at funding research and development to create high-tech job opportunities, and APC is to be commended for the fact that it is now providing direct employment for 140 researchers.”
To mark the occasion, Dr Martin Blaser, infectious disease specialist and author of the worldwide best-selling book “Missing Microbes,” delivered the inaugural distinguished lecture, which was a fascinating account of the beneficial role played by bacteria in human life. In addition, a symposium entitled “Missing Microbes and Modern Maladies“ showcased the research of the Institute, including the role of diet at the extremes of life, the influence of stress on gut microflora, and the development of future foods and smart antibiotics.
The current vision for enterprise policy in Ireland is that research partnerships encourage multinational companies to locate in Ireland. Institute Director Prof Fergus Shanahan, believes the APC is fully delivering on this vision, by partnering with up to 20 global companies to develop the research talent that will improve our understanding of how microbes influence gut health. He says “APC is bringing tangible benefits to society by contributing to our understanding of the importance of microbes in human health and developing our researchers’ talents.”
Photo ( l->r ) : Dr Sally Cudmore, APC General Manager, Prof. Fergus Shanahan, APC Director, Dr Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland & Chief Science Adviser to the Government , Dr Frank O’Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc & Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence