Posted by Gill Currie on 12 April 2012
We had a brilliant visit to St George’s University on 19 March 2012. Professor Paul Heath and Dr Okike updated us on their work into neonatal meningitis and how they are trying to measure and record how very young babies are treated and managed.
We were joined by MRF London Ambassadors Onaiza Fice, Kathryn De Villiers and Kate Woodhouse, keen to find out more about what’s going on in their local area. Onaiza also kindly shared her story of losing her son to septicaemia with everyone. It really served to highlight the devastating impact meningitis has on very young babies and their families and therefore the importance of Professor Heath and Dr Okike’s research.
As Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year, we were also joined by some Deutsche Bank employees, who were interested to see some of the vital research we fund and how they can help.
Along with an update and discussion of the study, we were also shown around the Vaccine Institute where various meningitis vaccines can be tested in people of all ages.
Dr Okike told us that the study is progressing well and parents of children with meningitis under 3 months old are starting to send back their completed questionnaires. These will give researchers vital information on how quickly children become ill and how they are treated and managed once they get to hospital. Read more about the project and get access to the latest newsletter from the study.
If your child had meningitis sometime after1 July 2010, was under 3 months old and you would like to be involved in the study, please contact MRF Research Officer Gill Currie at email@example.com
or via our helpline on 080 8800 3344.