Dr O'Malley secures seed funding through the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership
Congratulations Dr O’Malley, Department of Physiology, UCC who was one of four Irish researchers to successfully secure €400,000 in Seed funding through the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership to explore their own novel research ideas.
Dr Dervla O’Malley’s team in UCC is focused on the complex relationship between gut bacteria and the central nervous system. Dr O’Malley says, ‘Research in this field is in its infancy but this project has enormous potential to help people with illnesses such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome which still has no identifiable cause. Our research aims to examine whether the presence of different bacteria in our gut could be affecting our central nervous system and immune system in different ways. This could help us to better understand the causes of different gut diseases. Since September we have already generated exciting data which will be shared as an oral presentation at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego at the start of April’.