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Human studies

The human studies conducted at APC Microbiome Ireland are at the forefront of microbiome research, combining state-of-the-art techniques with innovative study designs. These studies involve human participants and aim to investigate the role of the microbiome in health and disease.

One major area of focus for APC is the impact of the gut microbiome on conditions such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Through careful examination and profiling of the gut microbiota, researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland have been able to identify specific microbial signatures associated with these conditions and explore potential therapeutic interventions.

Additionally, APC is actively involved in studying the role of the gut-brain axis, which investigates how the microbiome influences mental health and neurological conditions. Our researchers have conducted studies examining the link between the gut microbiome and conditions like anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorders, with promising findings shedding light on the potential for microbiome-based interventions in the future.

The human studies performed at APC are multidisciplinary and employ advanced technologies such as metagenomics, metabolomics, and multi-omics approaches to unravel the intricate connections between the gut microbiota and human health. These studies not only advance our understanding of the microbiome's impact on various disease states but also pave the way for groundbreaking interventions and therapies that target the gut microbiome.


How Human Studies work at APC

The APC conducts human studies with the approval of the UCC Regional Ethics Committee and under the insurance policy of the university as outlined in the University Procedures and Policy booklet.

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The human studies conducted at APC Microbiome Ireland contribute significantly to the rapidly evolving field of microbiome research. By unravelling the unique relationship between the gut microbiome and human health, these studies may lead to the development of personalized treatments and interventions that can improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.


Learn more about some of the Human Studies research completed by APC.

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APC Microbiome Ireland

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