Conference 2009

The conference is over! Presentations from many of the speakers are now available to download

Meningitis Research Foundation’s 2009 conference – Meningitis and Septicaemia in Children and Adults, took place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on 11 and 12 November 2009. Royal College of Physicians event number 51229. Read more here.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of our charity, MRF brought together internationally renowned experts presenting on a wide-range of topics: current and future prevention strategies for pneumococcus, meningococcus, and Hib as well as issues in clinical management of meningitis and sepsis, including neonatal meningitis. The conference provided an opportunity to share state-of-the-art knowledge on topics of global interest, and forge new collaborations. delegates included health professionals and scientists in infectious diseases, epidemiology, immunology, vaccinology, tropical medicine, microbiology, molecular medicine, paediatrics, emergency and critical care, and rehabilitation medicine as well as those involved in implementing public health policy.

In addition to a comprehensive programme of talks, we had a record-breaking response to our call for posters, with 60 submissions this year, many of which are now available to download, representing a real showcase for talent. Three satellite sessions, exhibitions and an evening wine reception kept delegates entertained between speakers.

The 2009 conference was as successful, inspiring and informative as previous years. Feedback from delegates has been immensely positive.

Comments from MRF's last international conference in 2007:

'I feel far better informed on current thinking on meningitis and septicaemia management. I have been stimulated and excited by the talks and the emphasis on research and this has further concreted my desire to become involved in research in the future.'

'Good and varied conference programme. Particularly helpful to learn more about clinical issues to put my work in context.'

'The best thing was having the opportunity to ask questions important to me to experts in the field, so allowing me to update our local practice.'

'It has definitely changed my opinion and is going to change my practice'

It will help me organise my knowledge and re-evaluate treatment priorities. And I will pass what I learned to my colleagues.'

'All of the talks were excellent - I felt in awe at listening to so many extremely knowledgeable and eminent speakers.'

'Relevant evidence based talks.'

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