Our main objective is to help #StopSepsisNow through funding research into the early detection of the condition and its treatment among members of the public and the medical profession.

Research is expensive. It costs £25,000 a month to provide our researchers and support staff with the funds needed to carry out their vital work.

  • One of our most important funding projects is work in Glasgow to better define how many people contract sepsis and what happens to them.
  • Other funding projects include the Defining Sepsis on the Wards study in England and Wales on detecting sepsis in hospitalised patients and projects in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Pakistan looking at improving speed of diagnosis in women and their babies around the time of their birth.
  • We also have a current funding partnership with Professor Kenny Baillie at the University of Edinburgh. Our funding allows for the storage of DNA samples from patients with sepsis.  We fund two student led summer projects in sepsis research and funding a specialist coordinator to ensure our global partnerships and collaborations obtain the necessary ethical and institutional approvals.

FEATURES Awards 2014-2018

In 2014 our trustee, Dr Colin Begg launched the FEATURES Awards on World Sepsis Day. These offered small grant funding to help health professionals and scientists engaged in sepsis research, clinical management of sepsis, sepsis education or the public understanding of clinical risk from sepsis, including antimicrobial resistance.

In 2019 the FEATURES Awards will be replaced by a new research undertaking as the charity commits to invest further to help #StopSepsisNow.

Winners of FEATURES awards included:

  • Brad Spiller, Senior Lecturer (Principal Research Investigator), Cardiff University School of Medicine. Project: Identification of pathogenicity genes in Group B Streptococci isolated from the blood of sepsis patients in the UK.
  • William Alazawi, Reader in Hepatology, Queen Mary University of London. Project: Predicting and preventing postoperative Sepsis – the goal is to prevent Sepsis and make major surgery safer for patients
  • Dr Sarah Stock, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh. Project: Establishing a sample bank for evaluation of a rapid, multiple pathogen test for diagnosis of maternal sepsis
  • Dr Tamas Szakmany, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Royal Gwent Hospital. Project: Defining Sepsis on the Wards (DESEPTiW).
  • Dr Sadia Shakoor, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University, Pakistan. Project: S.pyogenes  emm typing from cases of Postpartum Sepsis: analysis of cases from Pakistan and comparison with emm types in young infant sepsis.
  • Dr Malcolm Sim, Consultant Anaethesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. Project: To look back at how accurately sepsis patients were diagnosed and using their findings to help educate hospital staff about the new International Consensus Criteria
  • Dr Carrie Anne Duckworth, Tenure Track Research Fellow, Liverpool University. Project: Targeting intestinal epithelial cell shedding using nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) inhibitors to ameliorate Sepsis.
  • Miss Meghan Bateson, Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland. Project: A measure for Sepsis Outcome in Scotland (SOS)