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Q&A with Dr Sonali Kochhar

We recently had a chat with Dr Sonali Kochhar M.D, a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle and the Medical Director of Global Healthcare Consulting. Sonali is a leading vaccine researcher, and a key member of Group B Strep Support's Medical Advisory Panel. Hi Sonali, can you tell us a bit about your professional credentials and career path? I did my M.D followed by advanced courses in Vaccinology. I am a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle and the Medical Director of Global Healthcare Consulting. I have worked for over 20 years on Global Phase I-IV Clinical Research, Safety and Epidemiology Studies for Vaccines and Drugs conducted in USA, [...]

By |2019-07-12T11:53:21+00:00July 11th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Group B Strep Awareness Month

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK. It causes sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. In the UK: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week recovers from group B Strep infection with disability Despite this, we know many new and expectant parents struggle to find the information they want on group B Strep. Here we give a brief overview of group B Strep, what it can mean in pregnancy and after a baby is born. What is group B Strep? Group B Strep is a bacterium which lives normally and naturally in and on humans [...]

By |2019-07-11T17:21:06+00:00July 11th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Q&A with Dr Kirsty Le Doare

At the start of this Group B Strep Awareness Month, we sat down with one of the key people involved in group B Strep vaccine research, Dr Kirsty Le Doare, to learn more about the person behind the science. Kirsty is one of the leading international researchers on group B Strep, and is working on group B Strep assay standardisation and serocorrelates of protection initiative (a complex technology which should reduce the amount of time a group B Strep vaccine takes to develop), and is part of the World Health Organisation's task-force to defeat meningitis and develop the pathway for licensing a group B Strep vaccine. Hi Kirsty, can you tell us a bit about your professional credentials [...]

By |2019-07-09T13:19:59+00:00July 1st, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

2019 Immunization for All Ages Summit

Our Chief Executive, Jane Plumb MBE attended an Immunization for All Ages Summit on 4-6 June 2019 in Washington, DC meeting with major vaccine advocacy stakeholders and global influencers in related fields. Jane said: “It was really interesting to be learning from and sharing with others about improving awareness of the value of immunisation among all ages. Although we don't yet have a maternal vaccine against group B Strep, one day we will - and it will prevent many more group B Strep infections than any other method. It will also reduce antibiotic use." "Once it's clear a group B Strep vaccine is both safe and effective, we will work to ensure it's widely implemented and adopted. For a [...]

By |2019-07-09T13:19:17+00:00June 30th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Steps against Strep

Group B Strep Support launches the Steps against Strep fundraising event. The challenge is to walk 62,000 steps in two weeks, that‘s 1,000 steps for every baby who will develop a group B Strep infection this July. Get fit and raise funds at the same time! Kick start July’s Group B Strep Awareness Month by taking Steps against Strep between Monday 1 and 15 July 2019. You can take on the challenge alone or, better still, get your family, friends and colleagues involved. Every pound you raise, for every step you take, will help save babies’ lives. Sign up today 

By |2019-06-20T10:35:09+00:00June 20th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Major trial of how best to prevent group B Strep infection in newborns in the UK

We’re delighted that a major clinical trial has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research which is looking at whether we can improve the prevention of early-onset group B Strep infections in babies. The trial will compare the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the UK's current approach (identifying pregnant women with ‘risk factors’ for their baby developing the infection) with testing women for group B Strep carriage, either at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy or in labour. The £2.8m trial will involve 80 hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland and the results will inform future policy in the UK. "I am delighted the NIHR is funding this large-scale clinical trial to allow us to better understand how [...]

By |2019-05-16T15:13:29+00:00May 14th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Thank you to our wonderful London Marathon runners and team of volunteers

Once again we were lucky enough to have a inspirational group of supporters running the 2019 London Marathon for Group B Strep Support. The 12 runners have already raised over £25,000. We are so in proud of them, and their achievements.  A big thank you to everyone who came along and made lots of noise at our cheer point and to Chris for volunteering his time to take some fabulous pictures.  Pictures should be available soon to view at Chris Long photography. The London Marathon ballot is currently open click here to enter, if you are applying, please consider running for us and being part of #TeamGBSS in 2020. We will have 5 Golden Bond places again next [...]

By |2019-04-29T16:17:51+00:00April 29th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Get 10 hours of CPD with our online course on group B Strep

Group B Strep Support and Microbirth School have developed an online course to help midwives and doctors better understand and prevent group B Strep infection in babies. Group B Strep is a common bacterium carried by many adults in the gut and in women in the vagina, usually causing no harm. However, it the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies during their first 3 months of life. Group B Strep causes sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. If left untreated, the infection can kill a newborn baby in hours. On average in the UK: two babies each day develop a group B Strep infection one baby each week dies from a group B [...]

By |2019-04-03T14:09:12+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Defeating meningitis by 2030 – a global roadmap

In February 2019, our Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE joined other experts from around the world for a meeting at Wilton Park. The three-day event, led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Meningitis Research Foundation, was designed to set out what needs to happen to develop a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030. You can read the full programme for the meeting here. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis in children under 5, so the development of a safe and effective group B Strep vaccine will be vital to help achieve WHO's goal of defeating meningitis by 2030. Following the meeting, Jane said: "I was very pleased to take part in the [...]

By |2019-03-11T13:19:32+00:00March 11th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments