Research projects

Since the charity was founded in 1989, we have awarded 161 research grants. The total value of our investment in vital scientific research is over £19.1 million (€24.7 million).

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Investigating the genetic blueprint of meningitis bacteria carried and spread in the meningitis belt
  • Unversity of Cambridge, UK, LSHTM, UK, University of Oxford, PHE, UK, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
  • Other Africa
  • Prevention and treatment

Using cutting edge technology to find out what strains of bacteria are carried and spread by healthy people living in African communities at risk of meningitis epidemics.

Investigating the genetic blueprint of disease-causing meningitis bacteria in the meningitis belt
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Other Africa
  • Prevention and treatment
Using cutting edge technology to study the genetic blueprint of bacteria collected from patients with meningococcal meningitis in the meningitis belt from 2011 to 2018.
Preventing meningitis in teenagers vaccinated against MenB as babies: is one booster dose enough?
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • England
  • Prevention
Investigating whether a single dose of the MenB vaccine is enough to boost teenagers' immunity gained from infant MenB vaccination
Improving survival in HIV-infected adults at risk of cryptococcal meningitis
  • St George's University of London, London, UK, National Institution for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • England
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Investigating the causes of severe illness and death in HIV-infected cryptococcal positive patients

Are meningococci more abundant in the throats of teenagers with common wintertime viruses?
  • University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, Public Health England, Bristol, UK, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • England
  • Prevention

Are teenagers with wintertime viral infections such as influenza more likely to carry high numbers of meningococcal bacteria and therefore be more infectious?

Pioneering research that could eventually help stop loss of limbs from meningitis
  • Insitut Necker, Paris, France
  • Other Europe
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Understanding meningococcus-induced blood clotting - working towards new therapeutics for purpura fulminans

Using new genomic techniques to identify the causes of meningitis in UK children
  • University of Oxford, UK, Public Health England, UK, St Mary's Hospital, UK, St George's University of London, UK, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Scotland
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Improving the speed, accuracy and cost of diagnosing meningitis in children in the UK by using new genomic techniques

Vaccinating expectant mothers against MenA
  • MRC Unit, Banjul, The Gambia, University of Cambridge, UK, LSHTM, London, UK, PHE, Manchester, UK, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • England
  • Prevention

Protecting newborn infants from meningococcal A infection and meningitis

Defining meningitis in UK children in the conjugate vaccine era
  • University of Oxford, UK, St Mary's Hospital, UK, St George's Hospital, University of London, UK, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, UK
  • England
  • Diagnosis and treatment

 

Determining the current causes of childhood meningitis

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