APC Public Forum

Exercise, Nutrition and the Microbiome

Exercise and healthy eating are the most powerful ways in which we can influence our health.  If you are an aspiring sports person, are involved in training/coaching sports people or you would just like to learn a bit more about how to combine food and exercise to enhance your level of fitness and health come along to hear and discuss the latest developments with scientists and sports people who are experienced in this area.


Dr Paul Cotter, APC Microbiome Institute, Head of Food Biosciences, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork. “Microbes for Sport – the implications for exercise & nutrition” Download Paul Cotter presentationPaircUiChaoimh

Dr Sharon Madigan, Performance Nutritionist, Sport Ireland Institute, Dublin “Nutrition for Sport” Download SharonMadiganAPC Cork Presentation Nov 2017

Dr Garry Lee, Retired Histopathologist, Cyclist. “Nutrition and Sport – a personal experience

Discussion Panel:

Tom Devine plays hurling with Waterford and UCC, where he is a final year medical student. He has All-Ireland medals at schools, minor, U21 and National Hurling League with Waterford  as well as Munster Junior Club Championship with Modeligo. His family  (O’Brien Devines) won RTÉ TV’s ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ in 2015.

Grainne Dwyer has been creating basketball headlines for many years.  A bank official from Tipperary, she plays basketball with Ireland, Glanmire, and UCC.  Based in Cork, she competes in the national super league and cup with Glanmire winning four senior cup titles and two MVP awards in previous finals. She was a member of the Irish team which qualified for the European Olympics in 2015, the first Irish team to qualify since 1948.  She won the Irish Times and Irish sportswoman of the month in 2014.

Shane O’Donnell plays full-forward with the Clare senior team, with whom he has won  All-Ireland medals at senior and U21, as well as U21 and Minor Munster medals and a Waterford Crystal Cup medal.  At club level he plays with Eire Og, Ennis. Shane studied genetics at UCC and is currently a postgraduate student with Prof Catherine Stanton based at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark.

Mark O’Donovan is Irish international rower. He is European and World Champion in the Lightweight men’s pair and is undefeated in the 2017 season. He is also U23medalist in the Lightweight men’s quad scull.   A mechanical engineer with a MSc in Sports Performance, he is currently a full-time athlete and rows for his home town of Skibbereen. He is a fully qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has worked with national, international and Olympic athletes.

Eimear Scally is from Ovens in Cork and plays ladies football with Cork, Éire Óg and the Senior team at  the University of Limerick.  She has loved football since she started at age 8 with her club. She has 3 All-Ireland medals at Senior level and 3 underage, as well as Munster and league titles, an O’Connor Cup medal and various club county titles.  She is currently a student at the University of Limerick where she is studying Exercise and Health Fitness.

The Public Forum  is hosted by the APC Microbiome Institute as part of Cork Science Festival and Science Week.

It takes place at 7pm on Monday 13th November in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Prebooking is required.  Tickets €5 including light refreshments served from 7-7.30pm.

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Date/Time Date(s) - Nov 13 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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