Auckland Medical Research Foundation free public lecture: Meningococcal Meningitis: a terrifying illness Event as iCalendar

23 May 2013

7 - 8pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-011, AMRF Auditorium, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Meningococcal meningitis is a terrifying disease which can kill previously healthy people within a matter of hours. The bacterium responsible for this disease, Neisseria meningitis, isĀ  commonly present on the surface of the throat, where it causes no problems at all. However, in a very small minority of people who haveĀ  throat colonisation the organism can invade first the blood and then the fluid around the brain, causing septicaemia and meningitis.

Early diagnosis of meningococcal meningitis and treatment with penicillin has dramatically reduced the risk of death. However a small proportion of people who develop this disease die from it. This lecture will discuss one such tragedy and our current understanding of the disease and its treatment and prevention.

Dr David Galler

is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital and

Dr Mark Thomas

is an Infectious Disease Physician at Auckland City Hospital, and an Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. They will share their clinical experience and knowledge of relevant medical research about this terrifying illness.

Dr Mark Thomas

Infectious Disease Physician

Auckland City Hospital, and A/Professor in Infectious Disease in the Faculty of Medicine& Health Sciences, The University of Auckland

Dr David Galler

Director Clinical Leadership

Ko Awatea, Centre for Health System Innovation & Improvement, CMDHB and Senior Intensive Care Specialist Middlemore Hospital