Dr Gerard Clarke, APC Microbiome Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, UCC.

Scientists in Cork have shed new light on how gut bacteria may influence behaviour associated with anxiety and fear. The discovery relates to gene re(...)

One in every 10 people suffers from irritable bowel syndrome. File photograph: Getty Images

Scientists may soon be able to alleviate the pain experienced by thousands of sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome – by controlling the bacteria in t(...)

Receiving their  Royal Irish Academy gold medals on Tuesday were  Louis Cullen (left), professor emeritus in history at  Trinity College Dublin, and Fergus Shanahan, professor and chairman of the department of medicine at University College Cork and director of the APC Microbiome Institute. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Research professors from Trinity College Dublin and from University College Cork were presented with gold medal awards from the Royal Irish Academy on(...)

UCC professors John Cryan and Ted Dinan, leaders of the research on prebiotics and stress. Photograph: Catherine Buckley/APC Microbiome Institute

Scientists in Cork have come up with a way to counter stress just by eating the right foods. The stress-beating menu has shown it works well in mice a(...)

Scientists in Cork have discovered a drug that increases appetite, in a development they believe may point the way to a drug that can trigger weight loss. File photograph: Getty Images

Scientists in Cork have discovered a drug that increases appetite, in a development they believe may also point the way to a drug that can trigger wei(...)

Dr Crystal Johnson and Dr Elaine Patterson of APC Microbiome Institute in Cork

We hear a lot about the bacteria that live in our guts, but you are interested in bugs and gallbladders – why is that? The gallbladder makes a substa(...)

Bread: Gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, can cause serious problems if eaten by those with coeliac disease. Photograph: Frank Miller

People are more likely to cut down on bread than alcohol in an effort to eat healthily and lose weight, according to a survey that also suggests peopl(...)

From left: Dr Gerard Clarke, APC Microbiome Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, UCC; Alan Hoban, APC Microbiome Institute and Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC; and Prof John Cryan, APC Microbiome Institute and Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC. Photograph: Alexander Zhdanov

Scientists in Cork have discovered a previously unknown connection between the mix of microbes in our gut and how our nerves work. The finding could(...)

Delegates heard about the emergence of “big data” analytics and changes in our understanding of how diet and food affect our mental wellbeing

Self-drive tractors, 3D printing of food, synthetic life and artificial intelligence will all find their way on to Irish farms in the coming years, a (...)

‘As the microbiome field emerges from its teenage years full of exuberance and promise, reality is hitting in as to how we target it to maintain health and prevent disease.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

Breakthroughs in health research tend not to happen overnight. Discoveries and technologies can take years, even decades, to deliver benefits. So wh(...)

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