UKMencar4 study restarts in Glasgow

University of Glasgow staff based at the Dental School, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Health Protection Scotland have been engaged in leading the Scottish arm of the UKMENCAR4 study

The study is investigating throat carriage of meningococci in teenagers following introduction of the UK meningococcal C (MenC) vaccination programme.

The study is funded by the Welcome Trust and led by Professor Martin Maiden, University of Oxford.

The Glasgow arm of the study involves co-ordinated activities between:

  • The University of Glasgow: Professor Andrew Smith, Dr David Lappin and Dr Chris Nile
  •  NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Health Protection Scotland: Dr Syed Ahmed, Dr Claire Cameron, Jennifer Reid and Rina Duff
  • The Scottish Haemophilus, Legionella, Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory: Roisin Ure and Andrew Smith.

The plan is to sample approximately 2,600 Scottish teenagers. The  meningococcal carriage isolates will be analysed to determine capsular phenotype and whole genome sequenced.

For details or those interested in collaborating please contact Professor Andrew Smith for further details.

First published: 13 February 2015