Who we are

Meningitis Research Foundation is a national registered charity established in 1989. From small beginnings, the Foundation has grown into an international charity at the forefront of the fight against death and disability caused by meningitis and septicaemia.

Since the charity's inception, thousands of people have become members of the Foundation, working together to help us achieve our vision of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

We work from offices in Bristol (registered office), Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh to achieve the charity's objects in a professional and effective way. The Foundation's Chief Executive is Chris Head.


Many of our trustees have personal experience of the diseases and have, therefore, committed many years to supporting and overseeing MRF in order to build a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.


We have sixteen patrons many of whom have personal experience of the diseases. They are incredible advocates for us, contributing to our campaigns, assisting with fundraising and anything else which moves us forward toward our vision and mission.


The head office is in Bristol where the majority of the charity's staff are located. We also have country offices in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

Membership of Associations

We are members of numerous associations that provide guidance on medical research, our befriending service and helpline as well as other partnerships such as the Conferdaration of Meningitis Organisations.

Scientific Advisory Panel

The work of the Scientific Advisory Panel is integral to MRF’s success. It ensures that the Charity only funds research of high scientific merit, which is relevant to our research strategy, original and likely to succeed.

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