There are many types of the meningitis for which there is still no vaccine. Help us to continue vital research. 

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The Spencer Dayman Meningitis Research Programme

Since the mid 1980s when the meningitis movement in the UK was started by Steve Dayman following the death of his son, Spencer, Meningitis Now (formed by the merger of Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust) hs funded more than £12m of vital research.  

We are proud to have been involved in supporting the development and introduction of all of the meningitis vaccines now in the National Immunisation Programme.

researcher looking into a microscope

Research is essential to improve our understanding of all aspects of meningitis and septicaemia. At present, research centres across the UK and around the world are working on projects that aim to increase our understanding of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of these devastating diseases.

Access to this research means that we are able to keep up to date with developments both in the UK and worldwide. This helps us to provide recent and relevant disease information materials and educational resources.

Find out more about our work:

Why do we need meningitis vaccine research?

Meningitis Now funded research projects

Meet our advisory panel

Applying for a research grant

MOSAIC research study into the true burden of Meningitis B, commissioned by Meningitis Now

Funding our research


Ongoing research projects - can you help?

The experience of multiple limb loss following meningococcal septicaemia

We are working with the University of Southampton to carry out a study to explore the experiences of people who have multiple limb loss following meningococcal septicaemia. We are inviting people who have had multiple amputations as a result of meningococcal septicaemia who are aged over 14 years or are the parents or guardians of children and young people (under 18 years) who have had multiple amputations as a result of the disease to take part. 

The study will involve each participant in a one-to-one audio-recorded interview with a researcher that will either be face-to-face or on the telephone.  If you are interested in hearing more about the study and receiving an information pack, please contact Jane Blewitt on 01453 768000 or email [email protected].

Neonatal research

Has your baby recently had meningitis?

Would you like to find out about an important study aiming to measure the number of cases of bacterial meningitis in babies less than 90 days old? Click here for more information on taking part in this project