Research Projects

Since the charity was found 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
  • Africa
  • Prevention

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
  • Africa
  • Prevention
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
Could vaccinating teenagers unlock whole population protection against MenB?
  • University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • England
  • Prevention
A pilot study to inform a national study to find out whether the MenB vaccine appears to prevent teenagers carrying bacteria in the back of the nose and throat.
Understanding the role of ‘peace of mind’ in vaccination
  • University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  • England
  • Prevention
Investigating whether ‘peace of mind’ benefits are a key influence in an individual’s vaccine decision making process
Understanding meningococcal disease: studying patient genomes and their disease causing bacteria
  • Public Health England, London, UK, Public Health England, Manchester, UK, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • England
  • Prevention

Understanding meningococcal disease by simultaneously studying genetic blueprints of patients and the meningococci causing their illness

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

Study to evaluate prevention of meningococcal carriage in teenagers (SPIT)
  • University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • England
  • Prevention
Understanding whether the MenB vaccine has an effect on bacterial carriage in teenagers
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?

Improving understanding of meningococcal disease in Scotland
  • Health Protection Scotland, UK, Scottish Microbiology Reference Laboratories, UK, University of Strathclyde, UK, University of Oxford, UK, University of Hull, UK.
  • Scotland
  • Prevention

MRF-supported genome sequencing research backed by Health Protection Scotland to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis

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