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Click on the links below to read the latest news about group B Strep, the activities of the charity Group B Strep Support and its supporters.

Biotech company MinervaX announces positive results from Phase 1 GBS vaccine trials

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, today (5th January) announced positive results from a Phase I trial in 240 healthy adult women with its protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. “We are delighted that MinervaX is developing a group [...]

Looking back on 2016

As we pause between the Christmas and New Year holidays, it's a great time to take a minute to look back on 2016 and to thank everyone who helped make it such an amazing year. Why Guess? Campaign Parliamentary Launch On 30 November, we were delighted to [...]

Helpline at Christmas

Our Helpline (01444 416176 or [email protected]) is open: Friday, 23rd December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Wednesday, 28th December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Thursday, 29th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Friday, 30th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Tuesday, 3rd January - 9.15am to 3.00pm The Helpline is closed on 26-27 [...]

Pfizer Awarded Grant to Evaluate Vaccine to Protect Newborns Against Group B Streptococcus Infection

We are delighted that Pfizer has been awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to evaluate a group B streptococcus vaccine. The vaccine is designed to protect newborn babies via maternal immunisation. The need for a vaccine that could protect pregnant women and their newborn babies against [...]

Our Patron Sir Nicholas Soames speaks out in Parliament on group B Strep during Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

Sir Nicholas Soames MP spoke movingly and powerfully in the Baby Loss Debate held in Parliament on 13 October 2016. It was parliament at its best - MP after MP told heart-breaking stories of baby loss. Some shared their own stories, a number for the first time in the House. Others [...]

New possibilities for future prevention of group B Strep infection in babies

New research, published in Clinical & Translational Immunology, suggest that certain a certain type of sugar - oligosaccharides - found in human milk (HMOs or Human Milk Oligosaccharides) may have a role in the prevention and clearance of maternal GBS colonisation during pregnancy. As the authors say: "Once additional studies have been [...]

Fundraising Gala raising funds for GBSS #£30kfor30years

Group B Strep Support is honoured to be chosen by Burgess Hill based direct mailing company AM&M to be one of the charities they are raising funds for. This year, AM&M are celebrating 30 years of business and holding various events to raise £30,000 (#£30kfor30years) for 4 local charities: Group B Strep Support, Sussex Wildlife Trust, the [...]

Joining a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) by Guest Kim Poulton

Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, and the charity Group B Strep Support is very close to my heart. I found out I carried group B Strep after my daughter was sadly stillborn at full term plus 9 days. My precious [...]

Winning the debate on screening at the Royal Society of Medicine

All pregnant women should have Group B Streptococcus screening - The Wellington Educational Lecture: infections in obstetrics and gynaecology debate On 27 May at the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Philip Steer gave a barnstorming speech setting out the case for group B Strep screening being offered to all pregnant women. This [...]

Group B Strep Support joins Confederation of Meningitis Organisations

We're delighted to say that CoMO has a new member. We at GBSS are thrilled to become a member of this organisation, and work together to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide. CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, survivors and families from more than 25 countries. [...]