DuPont Collaborates With APC Microbiome For Infant Health Research

Monday, March 16th, 2020 | 1116 Views


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 Washington D.C., to celebrate U.S.-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 program, a platform that is designed to deliver excellent research results and discoveries with industrial relevance to bring significant economic and societal impact.

Martin J. Kullen, Ph.D., Director of Probiotics and Microbiome Research at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences said, “We are honored 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.”

The population of bacteria in the gut develops over the first four years of life and plays a key role in human health. Establishment of a healthy gut microbiome in early life is influenced by birth mode, antibiotic use and nutrition, including breast milk components. Infant gut microbiota can be severely depleted in infants born by C-section or exposed to antibiotics. Breastfeeding can help improve microbiota composition.

“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 Prof. 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.”

 

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