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Platforms: Human Studies Platform

Overview - Human Studies at APC

 Platform consists of a Platform Co-ordinator, Quality Documentation Officer, a team of Research Nurses, as well as Clinicians.

Our studies usually involve the collection & coordinated cataloguing of clinical samples, such as blood, faeces, and biopsies, from well-characterized patient groups and healthy controls. This is facilitated by the team under strict ethical rules.

This platform supports all APC research teams by managing and conducting our human studies in accordance with ICH GCP guidelines and by applying for the ethical and regulatory approvals required. For more information on GCP training courses, please contact the Quality Documentation Officer:


Output from these Human Studies allow APC to investigate the role of the microbiome in health and disease, such as gastrointestinal disorders, mental health, ageing, and obesity.



The APC has also spun out a company, Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Ltd, which performs clinical trials for the global food industry to obtain proof of efficacy, substantiate health claims or to simply gather clinical evidence to support product marketing.



To participate or learn more about Human Studies at APC click here

Platform Primary Contacts


Coordinator – Lorraine Draper

Quality Documentation Officer – Michelle Nugent

Host Institution

Host Logos - UCC and Teagasc

Partner Institutions

APC Microbiome Ireland

Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland,