APC is a gastrointestinal health research institute exploring the role of gastrointestinal bacteria (microbiome) play in health and disease. The microbiome is a target for treatment and prevention of disease, and a source of functional food ingredients, new drugs and disease biomarkers.
One of the world’s leading institutes in gut microbiome research, APC is receiving €70 million in SFI and industry funding across 2013-2019. It hosts a diverse group of clinicians and scientists working in teams and sharing ideas and resources.
APC’s 160 researchers include global research leaders in food/pharma areas, such as gastroenterology, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, nutrition, neonatology, gerontology, cardiovascular and metabolic health.
The APC team has extensive experience collaborating with the food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostic sectors and welcomes new industry partnerships.
APC’s industry partners can access technology platforms, extensive databases and bio banks, and the expertise of its investigators.
Now in its second decade, the APC has developed a number of technology platforms that can be of significant benefit to industry clients in furthering their own R&D agendas.
The APC’s main ambition is to create economic and societal impact, and collaborations with innovative industry partners is a key to this success. They designs industry workshops to cater for the ongoing research and training requirements of the food, pharma and diagnostic sectors and with a view to attracting new industry partners. APC in collaboration with SFI, is involved in many local and national events, including Science Week, Smart Futures and the following unique programmes:
Prof Fergus Shanahan - APC Microbiome Institute Director
Fergus Shanahan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at University College Cork (UCC). He was previously Associate Professor of Medicine with tenure at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books. He has particular research interests in mucosal immunology, inflammatory bowel disease and most things that influence the human experience. SFI named him as “SFI Researcher of the Year” in 2013.
Prof Gerald Fitzgerald - Deputy Director
Dr Sally Cudmore - General Manager
Dr Brendan Curran - IP and Industry Relations Manager
Dr Catherine Buckley - Communications and Outreach Manager
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