Researchers at Queen’s University in partnership with the Belfast Trust have developed a diagnostic test, known as LAMP (Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification), which provides results within an hour.
Research has shown that the LAMP test is accurate but further research is required to demonstrate the practicality of testing being undertaken by a clinician in a hospital environment.
Rob Dawson, Head of Support at Meningitis Research Foundation said, “Meningitis can be difficult to detect, and rapid identification and treatment is vital to save lives. We recently held a meeting with global experts to discuss meningitis priorities and a simple rapid diagnostic test was highlighted as being crucial and long overdue. There is an urgent need for developments in this area and we look forward to seeing how this test will work in a hospital or healthcare setting.”