Meningococcal Disease

Ground Breaking Research  

meningococcus-meningitis_702685The team at St Mary’s investigated the reasons why some patients with meningococcal suffer blood clots and loss of limbs and others come through the disease relatively unscathed.

The team ground breaking discovering identified a new defect in a specific protein controlling blood clotting. This discovery opened up a whole new pathway for medical intervention, and led to a trial of a new form of treatment (activated protein C) which has helped to significantly improve the outcomes for children with septic shock.