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Researchers take to the streets to meet our local community at the BACTA fun day

Published: 30 June 2022

On Saturday 25th, a team of researchers from the Centre for Neonatal and Paediatric Infection (CNPI) took part in the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BACTA) community fun day. The fun day featured stalls and activities from organisations across the local area, with lots of delicious world food on offer, and was well attended by a large cross-section of the people of our local area. The team from the CNPI were there to meet the local community and introduce themselves, and connect with people who could get involved in future research studies by the CNPI.

“We want to ensure the studies carried out by the CNPI have participants from across a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds, and have the support and understanding of our local community” said Dr Eva Galiza, a senior clinical research fellow at the CNPI, “so the BACTA community fun day was a great venue for us to meet our local community, talk with them about our work, and get more people to sign up for our studies”.

The CNPI (formerly the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group) has developed over the past 10 years into a large international research group, forming collaborations with global partners, expanding its research scope, and becoming a global leader in the field of paediatric infectious diseases.

The CNPI now includes a research portfolio comprising of a variety of projects and studies in children, with a focus on the epidemiology and treatment of vaccine-preventable diseases; global antibiotic resistance and prescribing; and on maternal and infant infections.

The team from the CNPI who attended the event were: Cecilia Hultin (Senior Research Nurse), Eva Galiza (Senior Clinical Research Fellow), Kalynka Bellman (Administrator), Simon Drysdale (Honorary Senior Lecturer).

If your research group want to get involved in similar public engagement events, please email Dr Matt Allinson, the public engagement officer, on or email the public engagement team on

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