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Professor Clarke gives talk entitled “Ketone drinks for endurance exercise” at APC Microbiome Ireland's Public Event on Gut Health for Performance as part of Cork Science Festival 2018.

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Photo courtesy of Cork Science Festival: Dr Orla O'Sullivan, Professor Kieran Clarke and Mark O'Donovan

Leading gut health institute APC Microbiome Ireland hosted "Spilling the Guts on Performance" as part of Cork Science Week on 12 November 2018. The event aimed to explain how to enhance fitness, performance and health through exercise and diet through a unique panel of expert speakers. An audience of around 240 sports enthusiasts and young athletes attended.

Professor Kieran Clarke spoke about her research on ketone drinks for endurance exercise. Her research focuses on how diet alters energy metabolism in the human heart, brain and skeletal muscle. She discussed an exciting ketone drink she has developed, which improves endurance performance in athletes and could also be used for the management of common metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease.

She was joined on the panel by Dr Orla O'Sullivan, a computational biologist at Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome Ireland, and champion Irish rower, Mark O'Donovan (pictured).

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Kieran gave a separate scientific seminar at APC Microbiome Ireland in University College Cork the following day.