Our completed research projects

Find out about some of the exciting discoveries our researchers have made

Working towards better protection from meningococcal disease – Southampton 

Professor John Heckels at the University of Southampton is researching ways to make new, more effective vaccines against meningococcal group B and other strains of meningococcal disease.

Defining the role of gut bacteria in the development of septicaemia and meningitis in premature babies - London

Professor Simon Kroll at Imperial College London has investigated the complex populations of bacteria found in the gut of premature babies who develop septicaemia and meningitis.

Development of meningococcal vaccines 

Professor Christoph Tang, Professor Susan Lea, Professor Matthew Pickering, Professor Ray Borrow, Dr Ilse Jongerius researched the development of a broadly protective vaccine against meningococcal disease .

Working towards better protection from meningococcal disease - Sheffield

Professor Jon Sayers, Professor Andrew Heath, Professor Robert Read's research examined offering better protection against meningococcal disease.

Discovering new ways of stopping the carriage of the meningococcal bacteria

Professors Robert Read and Andrew Gorringe at the University of Sheffield looked for new ways to stop people carrying the bacteria which causes meningococcal disease.

How many cases of meningococcal disease are there in England?

Dr Shamez Ladhani at Public Health England's research project Estimating the total burden of invasive meningococcal disease in England using multiple data sources

Improved vaccines for Pneumococcal disease - Liverpool

Dr Dean Everett, Prof Aras Kadioglu and Dr Marie Yang are researching the fast track development of novel therapeutics and vaccine candidates against pneumococcal meningitis

Preparing the UK for an effective Group B streptococcus vaccine

Professor Heath is researching the current disease burden of Group B streptococcus (GBS) disease in the UK and attitudes of pregnant women towards GBS vaccination.

Working towards better protection from meningococcal disease – Sheffield

Professor Andrew Heath at the University of Sheffield will be using a new approach to vaccine design that could lead to complete protection against meningococcal group B disease.

Understanding the role of genetics in meningococcal disease

Dr Jay Lucidarme at Public Health England is investigating whether genetics can help us understand how the meningococcal germ causes disease.