If you are a Member of the Foundation, we offer you a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of our research projects by taking part in our programme of research Discovery Days.
Visits and days like these are used by many organisations, including the NHS and other charitable and grant giving organisations. The idea is to involve fundraisers and people who have been impacted by the disease in the research by the most direct means - going to see the work itself.
We hope that meeting the researchers and hearing about the valuable work being done to combat meningitis and septicaemia will be a valuable experience for both our members and the scientists. For those who have ever helped fundraise it will be a way to see how your money has been spent.
Next visitUniversity of Leicester, UK
Wednesday 8 June 2016
6pm - 8pm
Dr Chris Bayliss is currently being funded by MRF to develop laboratory tests to assess how well the new MenB vaccine (Bexsero®) is working. Bexsero®, which was introduced to the infant immunisation schedule in September 2015, is predicted to significantly reduce cases of disease caused by serogroup B meningococcal bacteria (MenB). However, these bugs are highly diverse and adaptable, raising the potential for a small number of cases of MenB in people who have received the vaccine. More information about Chris Bayliss’ project
Bexsero® is currently offered only to newborn babies in the UK. Over 820,000 people signed a recent petition calling for wider access to the MenB vaccine. It is unlikely that the government will extend the vaccination programme without real-world evidence of how well it is working. The laboratory tests being developed by Dr Bayliss and his team will enable doctors to collect this evidence, potentially paving the way for wider introduction of the vaccine in the future.
An agenda for the evening is still to be confirmed, but it will start at 6pm and include a tour of labs and a chance to talk to researchers over some refreshments. The visit should be over by 8pm.
To book your place or for further information, please email Anna Jones
or give her a call on 0333 405 6258. Places are limited so if you would like to come along, please book early to avoid disappointment.
Date: 15 March 2016 - 15 March 2016
Location: University of Cambridge
Assessing the potential benefits of a GBS vaccine to prevent meningitis in newborns
Location: Scottish Haemophilus, Legionella, Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory (SHLMPRL), Glasgow
Scottish Haemophilus, Legionella, Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory (SHLMPRL), Glasgow
Date: 30 May 2014 - 30 May 2014
Location: Meningococcal Reference Unit, Public Health England, Manchester
Meningococcal Reference Unit, Public Health England, Manchester
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