Posted by Gill Currie on 25 October 2011
A few weeks ago, the Research and Medical Information Office at MRF head office were treated to a visit from James Baggott, a member who had meningococcal disease when he was 4 years old in 2000. James was keen to find out more about the research that MRF is funding as he is interested in possibly studying to become a scientist.
There are 3 different aspects to what we do in the R&MI office. Claire Wright, our Medical Information Officer, showed James the sort of information MRF collates and produces, from posters, factsheets and all the work that’s been put into our ‘Counting the Cost’ petition study.
James also got to find out more about our continuing work in Africa through talking to Rachel Perrin, our International Development Officer. We are currently funding 4 research projects in the meningitis belt of Africa, a region that suffers from huge outbreaks of meningitis and septicaemia every year.
As Research Officer, I also told James a bit more about the research being funded around the rest of the world, particularly in the UK. James lent me a hand in looking at some of the project summaries I’d written to see if they made sense! The summaries are part of an ongoing project to communicate the outcomes of the research MRF funds more effectively to members and supporters.
James asked some really pertinent questions which certainly got us all thinking. It was really inspiring to meet someone who has suffered the disease and get his opinion on various aspects of our work.
He said “It was really interesting to see how an organisation like the MRF works and it was really nice to see how they are helping to fight meningitis”.
Thanks for coming to see us James. It was great to meet you and we wish you the best of luck with all your studies. Who knows – maybe one day we’ll be funding you to continue the fight against meningitis?!