Understanding How Pain is Bugging you…

Jun 20, 2017
APC Scientists Uncover Critical Role for Microbes in Mediating Gut Pain by John Cryan APC Scientists have shown that, at least in mice, gut bacteria play a key role in regulating abdominal pain and its associated changes in the brain and spinal cord. Visceral pain is a global term used to More

RIA elects APC Members

May 27, 2017
Fergus Shanahan and John Cryan elected to Royal Irish Academy   Professor Fergus Shanahan and Prof John Cryan were among eighteen new members elected to the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. Since 1785 membership of the Academy More

Lab Awards 2017

Congratulations to the APC Winners at Irish Laboratory Awards 2017! APC Microbiome Institute researchers were well represented among the winners of this year's Irish Laboratory Awards. - "Scientist of the Year" Prof Catherine Stanton - "Food Laboratory of the Year" and "Commercial Laborat More

Let’s turn the world purple!

May 19, 2017
World IBD Day is today (May 19th 2017).  The Main Quadrangle in University College Cork, and many famous landmarks worldwide, will be lit in purple to raise awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Forty thousand people in Irela More

Scared by Bugs

May 18, 2017
A Role for the Microbiome in Regulating Fear Responses New research from the APC has shown that the microbiome regulates fear responses and modifies the brain function of adult mice. The research shows at least in animal models, that major disturbances in communication between the gut micro More

Looking small, thinking Big

May 3, 2017
How bacterial viruses can change medicine as we know it Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) are partnering together to deliver an evening of insight into the world of bacterial viruses – the most abundant entities on earth. Bacterial viruses, or p More

Young Microbiologist Recognised

Francesca Bottacini receives FEMS-ESMID Award   Many congratulations to Dr Francesca Bottacini who has received a FEMS-ESMID Award. The FEMS-ESCMID Award is a joint initiative with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) to foster and recogniz More

Fermenting an Oil-Free Future

Apr 20, 2017
New EU Yeast Biotech Project Scientists at University College Cork are leading a new European project that aims to change the way we produce fuels and plastic.   Currently, oil is the source of our fuels and plastics and is also the source for some of the ingredients in our cosmetics, nutriti More

Science for All a Winner

Apr 6, 2017
Darren Reidy wins UCC Science for All  Darren Reidy a PhD student at UCC’s School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, has emerged as the winner of the thirteenth annual UCC Science for All competition. Born and raised in Listowel, with a love for the lakes and mountains Dar More

Sharing Science

Apr 5, 2017
Science without the Jargon at UCC Would you  like to know more about how travel affect the microbes in our guts, how microbes affect drug uptake,   how stress in pregnancy affects the microbiome,  how chemistry is being used in developing new technology in solar energy, how bile affects th More