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Test, Test, Test

Apr 7, 2020
Irish scientists team up to address COVID-19 testing shortage   A team of Irish scientists, including Prof Paul Cotter, Dr John MacSharry and Paula O'Connor from APC Microbiome Ireland, have joined forces to formulate lysis buffer needed to test for COVID-19. The initiative was spearhea More

Covid-19 Update

Mar 26, 2020
Health messages for COVID19 COVID-19 Update Following Irish Government COVID-19 directives that higher education institutions in Ireland should close, University College Cork’s campus is closed until 19th April. APC Microbiome Ireland is committed to the health and wellbeing of all of our staff and students. Our rese More

New Professor of Microbiome & Health Science

Mar 10, 2020
Exceptional Female Microbiome Scientist Sought APC Microbiome Ireland and University College Cork are hiring a Professor of Microbiome & Health Science as part of the Irish Government's strategic hiring of women into academic leadership roles.  The Professor of Microbiome & Health More

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MCSA) Successes

Feb 27, 2020
Prestigious EU Fellowships for Outstanding Young Microbiome Researchers Four talented researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) SFI Research Centre in University College Cork have been awarded the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MCSA) postdoctoral fellowships this year. Nearly More

Mediterranean diet linked to gut bacteria for ‘healthy ageing’

Feb 18, 2020
NU-AGE MedDiet causes gut bacteria changes linked to improvements in cognitive function and memory, immunity and bone strength for healthy ageing Eating a Mediterranean diet for a year boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to ‘healthy’ ageing, while reducing those associated with harmful More

Actifensin and Nisin J

Feb 17, 2020
Bacteriocins found in sheep poo and on human skin Julie O'Sullivan and Ivan Sugrue  have added to APC's arsenal of new antimicrobials with discoveries of Nisin J, a new antimicrobial produced from staphylococcal bacteria found on human skin and actifensins produced by Actinomycetes isolated fr More

Science For Ireland

Feb 10, 2020
The Microbiology Society publishes a Position Statement on Irish Science As newly elected members of Ireland’s  33rd  Dáil  meet to discuss formation of a new Government, the Microbiology Society has published a position statement, “Science for Ireland: Propelling Research and Innovati More

Ireland’s Cricket team not immune to Delhi Belly

Travel takes a toll on the gut   A new study which followed Irish cricket players as they prepared for the 2016 ICC Twenty20 World Cup, found that the travel took a toll on their gut. For athletes who travel internationally to compete, avoiding gut distress symptoms (aka Delhi Belly) More

Bacteria have virus problems too!

APC researchers boost catalog of ssRNA viruses The first biological entity to have its genome fully sequenced (in 1976) was that of an RNA virus.  Unlike recent RNA viruses that have been in the news, this virus infects and kills a bacterium. In the intervening four decades, while many thousa More