About

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens is an exciting new translational programme that addresses limitations on the long-term effectiveness of existing vaccines through new approaches to interrupting pathogen carriage and transmission in African lower and middle-income countries.  We focus on mucosal pathogens causing pneumonia, meningitis, and neonatal sepsis, which account for more than 2 million deaths each year globally.

The MPRU has forged partnerships with the Universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford and Southampton, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and BUGS Bioscience in the UK with research centres in Malawi, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, The Gambia, Uganda, and Ghana, bringing together more than 25 senior investigators with very strong ongoing research portfolios. Linking many of the best in the field, the MPRU will take a transformative approach to the prevention of life-threatening disease caused by mucosal pathogens that could not be achieved by individual investigators or institutions.