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Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list in the Official Report in tabular form, details of all research into meningitis being supported by the Medical Research Council, indicating (a) the location of the research work, (b) the precise nature of the research project and (c) its tenure.

[holding answer 11 June 1990]: The Medical Research Council, which receives a grant in aid from this Department, is supporting the following research projects on meningitis:

Direct Support—through MRC establishments

  • (A) MRC Clinical Research Centre Middlesex.
  • (B) Project Title:
  • 1. Pathogenesis and immunobiology of meningococcal infection.
  • 2. Isoenzyme analysis for differentiation of neisseria meningitidis infection.
  • Indirect Support—Grants

  • (A) Professor E. R. Moxon, Oxford University.
  • (B) Project Title: Molecular basis of Haemophilius influenzae pathogenicity.
  • (C) Tenure: 1 April 1985 to 31 March 1995.
  • (A) Dr. G. J. Boulnois, Leicester University
  • (B) Project Title: Genetic Engineering of Polysaccharides
  • (C) Tenure: 18 July 1988 to 17 July 1991.
  • (A) Professor T. H. Pennington, Aberdeen University
  • (B) Project Title: Studies on the population genetics and typing of neisseria meningitidis.
  • (C) Tenure: 21 November 1988 to 20 November 1991.
  • (A) Dr. J. E. Heckels, Southampton University.
  • (B) Project Title: Immunobiology of meningococcal outer member proteins.
  • (C) Tenure: 1 September 1988 to 31 August 1991.
  • (A) Dr. D. M. Jones, London, Public Health Laboratory Service Board.
  • (B) Project Title: To investigate neisseria meningitidis surgace antigens for induction of protective antibody after disease/carriage.
  • (C) Tenure: 1 July 1988 to 30 June 1991.
  • (A) Dr. J. J. McFadden, University of Surrey.
  • (B) Project Title: DNA Probes to study epidemiology and virulence of neisseria meningitidis infection.
  • (C) Tenure: 31 January 1989 to 2 January 1992.
  • (A) Dr. B. G. Spratt, University of Sussex.
  • (B) Project Title: Molecular basis and molecular epidemiology of the emergence of penicillin resistance in neisseria meningitidis.
  • (C) Tenure: 1 May 1989 to 30 April 1992.
  • (A) Dr. A. Robinson, Porton, Centre for applied microbiology and research.
  • (B) Project Title: A preliminary investigation into mechanisms of meningoccal meningitis.
  • (C) Tenure: To be arranged.