Major infant health collaboration announced by APC and DuPont
The €6.3 million, four-year new joint research project aims to develop microbiome-based solutions to establish a healthy microbiome in early life to facilitate the long-term health of individuals.
DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) has announced a second collaboration with the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Center (APC), a pioneer in the field of microbiome science, which focuses on microbes that live in and on the body and play a significant role in human health, based at University College Cork and Teagasc Moorepark.
Representatives from both organisations attended an event in Washington DC, to celebrate US-Ireland research and development collaborations, and to announce the ‘Missing Microbes in Infants born by C-section’ (MiMIC) project and its potential to improve infant health.
The €6.3 million, four-year project will be funded jointly by DuPont and Science Foundation Ireland’s Spokes programme, a platform that is designed to deliver research results and discoveries with industrial relevance to bring significant economic and societal impact.
“We are honoured and privileged to be working with APC with the help of funding from Science Foundation Ireland on solutions and products that are key to our human microbiome platform. By working with the world’s leading microbiome research institute in APC, we look forward to providing critical health offerings for key unmet needs around maternal and infant health as well as solutions for cognitive health and well-being,” said Martin J. Kullen, Ph.D., Director of Probiotics and Microbiome Research at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.
“We are delighted to further develop our relationship with DuPont for the benefit of human health,” said APC Director Professor, Paul Ross. “APC Microbiome Ireland is a global leader, particularly in mother-infant and gut-brain areas of microbiome science, and this collaboration further strengthens our capabilities for advancing infant health and development.”
“APC Microbiome Ireland has expanded the research and development capabilities of Ireland in an area of immediate relevance to the food and pharmaceutical sectors of industry,” added Professor Catherine Stanton, Project Leader at APC Microbiome Ireland. “This project will allow us to identify the gut microbes in early life that play an important role in the short- and long-term health of individuals and will help to develop strategies to balance the microbiota following antibiotic exposure or C-section birth mode.”