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4 Sep 2020


Since its establishment in 2003, APC Microbiome Ireland has become a global leader in microbiome research and has continued to demonstrate the impact of APC research on society and on the Irish economy . Some highlights of this are:

  • For every €1 investment by SFI, APC has attracted another €1.84 of inward investment for APC research
  • APC helps to generate €1.2m for the Irish economy each week, including expenditure and taxation impact.
  • In analysis of the multiplier effect of investment, the report showed a return of €5.60 return to the economy for every €1 state investment in APC
  • 10 APC Principal Investigators were included ranked in the top 1% of researchers in the Clarivate Analytics 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List
  • APC scientific discoveries have contributed to global health challenges such as antimicrobial resistance, obesity, mental health, successful ageing and inflammatory diseases
  • APC works closely with industry. In the last 5 years, 56 collaborative projects with industry have secured over €30million in R&D funding from industry for APC research.
  • APC has produced over 2,500 publications in its 15-year history, which have been cited 80,873 times, equating to an average 32 citations per paper.  40% of the APC publications have been from international collaborations with co-authors based in 59 different countries.
  • APC papers have a citation rate over twice the world average, and 25% of APC publications are among the top 10% most frequently cited papers globally.
  • APC has developed and trained 550 alumni who have advanced to positions in academia, industry and the healthcare sector across the globe
  • APC has a vigorous education and public engagement programme.  APC researchers interact with approx. 80,000 members of the public annually.

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