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APC Microbiome Institute

APC is a gastrointestinal health research institute exploring the role microbes (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.

Research Areas

  • Discovery of molecules for therapeutics and functional foods
  • Designing functional ingredients/foods across the lifespan
  • Links between diet, microbes and mental health
  • Signalling, host immune-inflammatory responses
  • Phage as regulators of the microbiome in health and disease

Research Programmes

APC’s 300+ researchers include global research leaders in food/pharma areas, such as gastroenterology, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, nutrition, neonatology, gerontology, cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

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 biobanks, and the expertise of its investigators.

Now in its second decade, APC has developed several technology platforms that can be of significant benefit to industry clients in furthering their own R&D agendas.

Industry Partners include:

 AbbVie  GE Healthcare  Second Genome
Adare Pharma  General Mills  Sigmoid Pharma 
Alimentary Health  Janssen Pharmaceuticals  Suntory Wellness 
Cremo SA  Kerry Foods  Trino Therapeutics 
Danone  Mead Johnson Nutrition   4D Pharma
 Friesland Campina Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition   

Technology Platforms

  • Culture collection
  • Next generation sequencing
  • BioIT
  • Pre-clinical and germ-free
  • Human studies
  • Flow cytometry
  • Bio-processing

Education and Public Engagement 

APC’s main ambition is to create economic and societal impact, and collaborations with innovative industry partners are key to this success. They design industry workshops to cater for the ongoing research and training requirements of the food, pharma and diagnostic sectors with a view to attracting new industry partners. APC in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events, including Science Week, Smart Futures and the following unique programmes:

  • The Microbe Magic @ School programme for primary schools
  • Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools
  • Science for All in which postgraduates present their research to the general public
  • Bringing Science to Society, a programme to engage the wider scientific community and stimulate public engagement

Key Contacts

Prof Fergus Shanahan - APC Microbiome Institute Director

Prof Paul Ross - Deputy Director

Dr Sally Cudmore - General Manager

Dr Brendan Curran - IP and Commercialisation Manager

Dr Catherine Buckley - Communications and Outreach Manager

APC Microbiome Institute
Bioscience Building
University College Cork
+ 353 21 490 1320

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