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  • Researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland identify bacteria which promote metabolic and mental health

    18 Dec 2020
    Researchers at APC Microbiome Ireland identify bacteria which promote metabolic and mental health
    • Bifidobacterium longum APC1472 has promising beneficial effects on the metabolism of obese people. 
    • The B.Longum APC1472 strain reduced fasting blood glucose levels and normalised active levels of ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger, and the stress hormone cortisol, both of which are altered in obese people. 

    Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and most of the world’s population now live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. Obesity represents a major health challenge because it substantially increases the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes. In recent years, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has soared worldwide with approximately 462 million individuals affected, corresponding to 6.28% of the world’s population

    Dr. Harriet Schellekens and colleagues, at the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre in UCC, identified Bifidobacterium longum APC1472 to be an important regulator of apetite and metabolism during laboratory studies.

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  • UCC celebrates 175th anniversary

    30 Dec 2021
    UCC celebrates 175th anniversary

    University College Cork celebrates its 175th anniversary today, December 30; on that date in 1845 the university formally came into being as Queen's College Cork (QCC).

    QCC was founded as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway, under an Act “to enable her Majesty” – Queen Victoria – “to endow Colleges for the Advancement of Learning in Ireland".

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  • New project to test the next steps to renewable Supergrids

    17 Dec 2020
    New project to test the next steps to renewable Supergrids

    A research centre for energy, climate and marine based at University College Cork has joined forces with an Irish tech development company to collaborate on subsea superconductor research to transform large scale power generation from offshore renewables.

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  • UCC School of Law welcomes Synnott Family Chair in European Union Law

    17 Dec 2020
    UCC School of Law welcomes Synnott Family Chair in European Union Law

    The School of Law has announced that Professor Dagmar Schiek has this month been appointed to the important and highly anticipated position of Synnott Family Chair in European Union Law.

    Professor Schiek’s appointment was made possible thanks to the generous €1,000,000 donation made to the school by alumnus Aidan Synnott (BCL 1985) in 2019.

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  • UCC academics awarded two Medals of Excellence at Researcher of the Year Awards

    09 Dec 2020
    UCC academics awarded two Medals of Excellence at Researcher of the Year Awards

    Researchers from University College Cork have been presented with two of the four Medals of Excellence handed out at this year’s Irish Research Council ‘Researchers of the Year’ awards, announced today.

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  • UCC Research Projects Receive Prestigious European Backing

    09 Dec 2020
    UCC Research Projects Receive Prestigious European Backing

    World-leading academics in science and engineering at University College Cork (UCC) have received prestigious European funding worth a combined total of €6.4m to support research into diverse topics such as animal evolution, how viruses impact gut bacteria, and ways to revolutionise surgery. 

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  • UCC ranked as one of the most ‘sustainable universities’ in the world

    07 Dec 2020
    UCC ranked as one of the most ‘sustainable universities’ in the world

    An international ranking which examines sustainability practices in universities across the world, has ranked University College Cork (UCC) today at ninth, the only Irish university to make the top 10 of the ‘greenest universities’ in the world.

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  • How to stay COVID safe at home this Christmas

    03 Dec 2020
    How to stay COVID safe at home this Christmas

    Researchers at UCC have produced a guide to help stay safe in the home this Christmas. The guide illustrates common Christmas settings in the home to provide useful advice, particularly in relation to the importance of ventilation. 

     

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  • World-leading academic to head €3.7 million SFI chronic disease programme at UCC

    01 Dec 2020
    World-leading academic to head €3.7 million SFI chronic disease programme at UCC
    “Modern lifestyle has disrupted our microbiome, which might explain the increase in chronic diseases”


    World-leading academic Professor Jens Walter will lead a €3.7 million research programme at APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) through a prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Professorship award announced today.

    His research will investigate the impact of a modern lifestyle on the gut microbiome and its relationship to increased chronic diseases. Research has shown that modern diets and medical practices may play a role in diseases such as obesity, multiple sclerosis and allergies by disrupting our microbiome.

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  • Next generation of film makers receive Puttnam Scholarships

    24 Nov 2020
    Next generation of film makers receive Puttnam Scholarships

    Eight UCC students will get the opportunity to be mentored by Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, after each being awarded a prestigious scholarship.

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