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Harnessing the power of the microbiome for people and planet


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Our research aligns closely with the United Nation SDGs and is targeted at harnessing the potential of microbiome science to help address some of the key global challenges we face today.


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Our dedicated team of over 300 researchers and world-leading scientists – from microbiologists and immunologists to food-scientists and medical consultants.


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Healthy & sustainable food production


Helping reduce methane emissions from ruminants


Harnessing the power of the microbiome for people and planet

APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) is a world-leading Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre focused on understanding the gastrointestinal bacterial community and harnessing the power of the microbiome – (or microbiota) – for the health and wellbeing of people and planet. This is one of the fastest moving and exciting areas of biology of relevance to human health, medicine, food ingredients, agriculture, and veterinary science and is of growing importance to the economic welfare of society.

Addressing the big global challenges

Our research is structured across themes that align closely with the United Nation SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Our specific goals and mission are targeted at realising the potential of microbiome science to help address some of the key global challenges we face today – such as reducing the societal burden of chronic disease and incidence of infectious disease; combatting the rise in antimicrobial (or antibiotic) resistance (AMR); and developing new and novel ways for microbiome-based science to contribute to more sustainable food production and agri-industry practices that are better for our environment.

20 years of sustained social, scientific and economic impact

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Featured News

29 Feb 2024

New APC research reveals that lockdowns had an impact on gut microbes and allergies in newborns

Lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the gut microbiome development of babies born during these periods according to new research from APC Microbiome Ireland (APC), a world leading SFI Research Centre, based in University College Cork, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Children’s Health Ireland.  
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21 Feb 2024

APC researcher secures major funding from US Foundation for brain tumour research

A researcher at APC Microbiome Ireland (APC), a world-leading SFI funded research centre based at University College Cork (UCC), has received significant funding from a US based charity to investigate treatments for some of the deadliest brain tumours.
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20 Feb 2024

APC researcher awarded €5.3million Wellcome Trust funding to tackle fatal bloodstream infections

A team of Irish and UK researchers, led by a University College Cork (UCC) scientist at APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre, have been granted a prestigious Wellcome Trust Discovery Award of €5.3 million to investigate the leading global cause of fatal bloodstream infection.  
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19 Feb 2024

The Gut-Brain Axis Dietary, Probiotic, and Prebiotic Interventions on the Microbiota 2nd edition  

  New publication The Gut-Brain Axis Dietary, Probiotic, and Prebiotic Interventions on the Microbiota 2nd edition, has been published by Elsevier/ Academic Press, and edited by researchers Dr Niall P. Hyland and Prof Catherine Stanton from APC Microbiome Ireland, a world leading SFI Research Centre, University College Cork and Teagasc. The authors presented a copy of the book to Coral Black, University Librarian at University College Cork, where it can be accessed as a resource in the library for students and researchers.
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