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Current meningitis research efforts include investigating new chemotherapy-based treatment for neoplastic meningitis and gaining a better understanding of how the central nervous system responds to inflammation and the role of T cells in suppressing infection in the brain. Scientists involved with meningitis research also hope to define, at a molecular level, how certain viruses overcome the body's defense mechanism and interact with target host cells.

An Overview of Meningitis Research

Doctors and scientists are hard at work conducting meningitis research. Meningitis research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Meningitis research already has led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with meningitis.

 

Current Areas of Focus in Meningitis Research

Current research efforts include investigating new chemotherapy-based treatment for neoplastic meningitis (caused by cancer) and gaining a better understanding of how the central nervous system responds to inflammation and the role of T cells (blood cells involved in immune system response) in suppressing infection in the brain.
 
In other meningitis research, scientists hope to better understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the protection and disruption of the blood-brain barrier, which could lead to the development of new treatments for several neuroinflammatory diseases such as meningitis.
 
Other scientists involved with meningitis research hope to define, at a molecular level, how certain viruses overcome the body's defense mechanism and interact with target host cells.
 
Additional meningitis research is looking at possible neuroprotective medicines. A possible therapeutic approach under investigation involves testing medicines that block the damage that accumulates after the infection and inflammation of meningitis. (This damage can lead to potential complications, including dementia and loss of cognitive function.)
 
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