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Designing a new blood test for bacterial or viral infections in children

An opportunity to help develop a diagnostic for viral or bacterial infections.

  • Wednesday 24th April 2019 10:00 (2 hours)
  • Workshop
  • Influence


It can be hard to tell whether a feverish patient has an infection due to a viral or bacterial infection - particularly worrying in very sick children.

The aim of this project is to design a new blood test which diagnoses bacterial or viral infections in children. 

By taking part in this workshop you would be helping us understand what features are important to you, as people who either could have benefited from such a blood test in the past, or may be benefiting from it in the future personally or be of benefit to young people who you know.

This research is part of a large study called PERFORM, which is happening in many different hospitals and countries across Europe.

Volunteer Criteria

If you, or someone who you know well, have ever been worried enough to take a very sick, feverish child to the children’s emergency department / paediatric A&E, you can help us as we develop this test. If you have mild or strong feelings about how that experience was bad and what could have improved it, or what went well, we would like to hear from you.

What will I be asked to do?

After a welcome and introduction to the project we will break into small focus groups. You will do some scribing (writing) and the facilitators will capture a detailed record of what is discussed. All contributions will revolve around experiences that you may have had taking children to an emergency department or A&E with a special interest around the infectious diseases or fevers.

When and where?

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 24th April, 10-12 at Newcastle University Business School, Room 1.11.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will receive a gift voucher to compensate for travel costs. Refreshments will also be provided.


  • Room 1.11 Newcastle University Business School
  • Barrack Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4SE

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