The Disease Control & Elimination Theme’s scientific strategy focuses on investigating the interactions between hosts, pathogens and vectors, and evaluating interventions aimed at interrupting transmission and/or reducing the disease burden. more
The Nutrition Theme aims at understanding the pathophysiology of diet-disease interactions in order to accelerate the development of more effective next-generation community and clinical interventions. more
The Vaccines & Immunity Theme thrives to understand the ontogeny of immunity to inform the design of vaccines and maximise their impact. Through laboratory science and clinical trials, the theme’s aim is to contribute to the evidence based development and deployment of vaccines. more
  • The Bioinformatics Course at MRC Unit The Gambia
    Bioinformatics course participants and instructors

    The introduction to bioinformatics, a hands on workshop for beginners with colleagues from Warwick University at MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) ended on Thursday 9th February 2017. The 2-day interactive course which engaged students in UNIX (operating system), MRC Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) and bacterial genome analysis was a tremendous success.

    Bioinformatics course participants and instructors

    Bioinformatics course participants and instructors

    In attendance were PhDs and Post Docs from MRCG. The course focused on developing techniques for analysing sequence data and related structures with 16 participants from MRCG and international faculty experts from the United Kingdom.

    The course featured 2 workshops on Beginner’s UNIX, using MRC CLIMB and an introduction to bacterial genome analysis. Participants took part in various interactive sessions aimed to foster learning. This course is part of the CLIMB project, which is a collaboration between Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff and Swansea Universities and the Quadram Institute. At the end of the two-day workshops, students were awarded with certificates by the faculty committee.

    Bioinformatics course in progress

    Bioinformatics course in progress

    The 2-day course was funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council and organised by Prof Martin Antonio, Unit Molecular Biologist & Principal Investigator and Dr Assan Jaye, MRCG Head of Research Training and Career Development. The course tutors were Professor Mark Pallen, Professor of Microbial Bioinformatics, University of Warwick; Dr Maciej Filocha, Cloud Computing Manager, University of Warwick; and Dr Ben Pascoe, Post-doc Bioinformatician, University of Bath.


  • Dr Abdullahi Ahmad awarded a 4 year PhD MARCAD Fellowship
    Dr Abdullahi Ahmad
awarded a 4 year PhD MARCAD Fellowship

    The MARCAD consortium which seeks to train African scientists toward building a critical mass for the control and the elimination of malaria, has recently awarded Dr Abdullahi Ahmad with a 4 year PhD Fellowship (more…)

  • Dr Kevin Opondo awarded a 3 year Post-doctoral MARCAD Fellowship
    Dr Kevin Opondo
awarded a 3 year Post-doctoral MARCAD Fellowship

    Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa (MARCAD) recently awarded Dr Opondo with a Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct his research on the ‘Impact of Insecticide Resistance on Malaria Vector Longevity and Transmission Potential in the Wild’. (more…)

About MRCG
The MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRCG represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African more
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1945The Gambia first mentioned in MRC reports, when staff were appointed... more
1947Nutrition Working Party established at Genieri in the Central River...more
1948Lieutenant Colonel Dr J Walters appointed Resident Director in... more
1949Dr Ian McGregor recruited to study the relationship between parasitism...more
1953Following recommendations, the laboratories were converted to a...more
1954Dr I McGregor appointed Director... more
1956The Trachoma Group transferred from Jordan to The Gambia... more
1964The role of antibodies in protection against malaria established... more
1973MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit relocated from Uganda to Keneba... more
1974Dr Bray appointed Director... more
1978Dr I Mc Gregor appointed Director... more
1980Dr Brian Greenwood appointed Director; a new programme of work...more
1980Scientific direction of the Keneba Unit taken over by the main... more
1982Basse field site established; it was initially a focus for studies on... more
1983Farafenni field site established; it was chosen as a suitable... more
1986Commencement of the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study... more
1986Chloroquine resistance demonstrated in studies in the Farafenni area...more
1986HIV research programme started... more
1988Caio field site established to undertake a long term study of the... more
1988Discovery by Sarah Rowland-Jones and colleagues in The Gambia... more
1995Established that insecticide treated bednets decrease overall... more
1995Professor Keith McAdam appointed Director... more
2004Appointment of a Unit Executive Management Board... more
2004'Flies and Eyes' study findings published (Role of flies and provision... more
2005Successful completion of the Pneumococcal Vaccine Trial in Basse... more
2005Elimination of Hib in The Gambia, following the incorporation... more
2008Findings on investigation into dramatic decline in malaria prevalence in... more

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