New meningitis research centre opened at Queen's University in Belfast
Nisheeth Rajpal London
A new centre for meningitis research was opened at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last month. It promises to continue the pioneering line of work done at the university in recent years. A new initiative for research into the early and swift diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and the development of new drug treatments has been commissioned.
Early diagnosis of the disease in children is essential in order to prevent the onset of septicaemia. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis in children can be made difficult by non-specific symptoms in the early stages that are identical to those of viral meningitis. A need for a quick and specific test has therefore arisen. Queen's University's professor of general practice, Philip Reilly, remarked: “Current tests for meningitis can take a number of hours to get a result and can only be conducted in a hospital setting. Our strategy is focused on preventing the