MRC-funded research carried out in and around the town of Farafenni, in the North Bank Region of The Gambia, is contributing towards the largest ever dataset of individual deaths recorded on-the-ground. (more…)
The wide-reaching impact of research conducted at MRC Unit, The Gambia has been recognised in the recently published report on the Output, outcomes and impact of MRC research: 2013/14, highlighting research carried out at the Unit that has played a key role in influencing policy. (more…)
A mother’s diet before conception can permanently affect how her child’s genes function, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
The first such evidence of the effect in humans opens up the possibility that a mother’s diet before pregnancy could permanently affect many aspects of her children’s lifelong health.
Established in The Gambia in 1947, the MRC is the UK's single largest investment in medical research in a developing country. The Unit's research focuses on infectious diseases of immediate concern to The Gambia and the continent of Africa, with the aim of reducing the burden of illness and death in the country and the developing world as a whole. read more
The scientific evidence supporting the value of vaccination is overwhelming: In terms of reducing the burdenLearn more
In recent times, several diseases have reduced very markedly in incidence in The GambiaLearn more
In common with most developing countries, The Gambia has high infant and child mortality ratesLearn more
The MRC research programme in The Gambia is in the process of reorganization into three new, interlinking, scientific themes: Child Survival, Disease Eradication and Vaccinology.
Emeritus Scientist Professor Hilton Whittle has been studying some of the leading causes of illness and death in the developing world for almost forty years. Hilton, a pioneer of the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Scheme (GHIS), gives a potted history of one of the longest running longitudinal studies of an infectious disease in the Tropics.
- Detecting Foci of Malaria Transmission with School Surveys: A Pilot Study in the Gambia.
- The First Phylogeographic Population Structure and Analysis of Transmission Dynamics of M. africanum West African 1- Combining Molecular Data from Benin, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
- Haematological and biochemical reference values of Gambian infants.
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