MRF Conference 2023 - Booking now open

7-8th November 2023 at the British Museum, London

The Meningitis Research Foundation conference will be held on the 7th-8th November 2023 at the British Museum, in London. Our fourteenth international conference brings together world leading experts to share the latest advances and discuss today’s challenges for meningitis and septicaemia.

Around 300 delegates from a range of specialties and international institutions will join us at the British Museum for two days of presentations from renowned leaders in their field, lively discussions and poster presentations that showcase talent, in-depth knowledge and cutting-edge research.

This key event for world leading authorities in infectious disease, paediatrics, vaccinology, public health and tropical medicine also offers excellent opportunities to network and share opinions.

Booking is now open for the MRF Conference 2023; to reserve your place, please click the 'Register Now' button to be taken to the registration platform. 

Topic areas

  • Patient and family experience
  • Global burden of disease including evolving epidemiology of disease
  • Prevention and epidemic control of meningitis: optimisation of existing vaccines, development of next generation, and new vaccines
  • Diagnosis and treatment: advances in the diagnosis of meningitis, including development and use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)
  • Global meningitis surveillance and importance of genomic surveillance. 
  • On-going impacts of COVID-19
  • Progress against WHO identified research priorities within the Defeating Meningitis by 2030 Global roadmap.

The programme is currently under development by the MRF Conference steering group and topics and themes may still be subject to change.

Bursary fund

We are delighted that, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have invited applications to a bursary fund to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for delegates from low and lower middle income countries wishing to attend the MRF conference on 7-8 November 2023, at the British Museum in London.
Applications were welcomed from anyone interested in attending the conference who is a national of and resident for at least 60% of the year in a low-income or lower-middle-income country in accordance with the current World Bank classification. Applications closed on the 2nd May. 

We aim to award bursaries to successful applicants by late May to enable time for visa applications and travel arrangements.

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  • Dr Merijn Bijlsma, Amsterdam University Medical Centres
  • Professor Ray Borrow, UK-Health Security Agency
  • Professor Dominique Caugant, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Dr Matthew Coldiron, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Dr Kanny Diallo, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Professor Sir Brian Greenwood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Paul Heath, St George’s University of London
  • Professor Robert Heyderman, University College London (UCL)
  • Dr Brenda Kwambana-Adams, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme, and UCL
  • Dr Lorenzo Pezzoli, World Health Organization
  • Professor Fiona Russell, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and University of Melbourne
  • Dr Senjuti Saha, Child Health Research Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Professor Caroline Trotter, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Anne von Gottberg, National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa
  • Liz Rodgers, Meningitis Research Foundation

The MRF Conference 2023 has been made possible thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference is operated independently, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation having no editorial control over its content.

Amelia Slay
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