Genomics Sequencing in The Gambia

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM recently acquired two portable sequencing devices to pilot on field samples in the recently established Genomics Facility. These were provided as part of the continued collaboration between Oxford Nanopore and the Francis Crick Institute. The Oxford Nanopore MinION Sequencer is unique in its ability to directly sequence DNA/RNA in […]

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Major Incident Medical Management Support Course held at the MRC Unit The Gambia

The Hospital Major Incident Medical Management and Support Course (MIMMS) training was held at MRC Unit The Gambia from 22nd to 26th January, 2018. The training involved 24 health workers from across various public health facilities in The Gambia and 24 MRC Unit The Gambia Clinical Services Department staff. The training was conducted by a […]

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MRC Units in The Gambia and Uganda join London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) have forged two exciting new partnerships that will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. On 1 February, the MRC Unit The Gambia and the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit will formally join […]

M’bolo Association installing the solar panel

Installation of the Solar Power System

MRC Unit The Gambia has taken a bold step to install the biggest solar power generation system in The Gambia. The solar panels will use the sun’s energy and convert it to electrical power which will be fed directly into the MRCG Fajara internal distribution electrical system to augment capacity and offset consumption costs. This […]


Delivering an Action Agenda for Nutrition Interventions Addressing Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Given their important relationships with medium- and long-term outcomes, adolescent nutritional behaviours are assuming considerable importance in nutrition interventions. A study on delivering an action agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescent girls and young women: priorities for implementation and research, was recently published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The study […]

Recipients of the award Dr Davis Nwakanma, Joan Vives Tomas and Dr Jonas Lexow

MRC Unit The Gambia Wins Business Continuity Award in Resilient Workforce Category

At a ceremony held in London marking the 19th Annual Business Continuity Awards, which celebrate achievements in business continuity, security and resilience, MRC Unit The Gambia was awarded the Business Continuity Award in the Resilient Workforce Award category. The Business Continuity Awards is the most anticipated event in the business continuity calendar and provides unrivalled […]


Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Female Researchers

Dr Jayne Sutherland advocates the support of young female researchers in order to access top level positions. Dr Jayne Sutherland is currently Head of the Tuberculosis (TB)Research group at MRC Unit The Gambia, which provides a unique opportunity for multi-disciplinary research on TB using the long-running TB case-contact(TBCC) platform. The TBCC platform is run in […]


MRCG donates to the Serrekunda Hospital

On Thursday 11th January 2018, MRCG through the PERFORM Project donated clinical supplies to the Serrekunda General Hospital. The PERFORM study aims to improve the diagnosis and management of febrile illnesses in children between 1 month to 18 years. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Baboucarr Saine, Administration Officer Serrekunda Hospital, thanked MRCG for their continued […]

Molecular Microbiology Team

MRCG becomes a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

In August 2017, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for New Vaccines Surveillance (WHOCC NVS).This designation was primarily in recognition of the contributions of the Molecular Microbiology Group within the Vaccines and Immunity Theme at MRCG for the control of epidemic meningitis outbreaks in West […]

Unit Director Umberto D'Alessandro and Anna Roca Epidemiologist

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia donates to The Gambia Government

MRCG through the TEKNON Project donated equipment worth GBP 50,000 to The Gambia Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to aid in the prevention of pneumonia related deaths. Pneumonia is the leading cause of child deaths worldwide and can be reduced with oxygen supplementation, but the lack of reliable supplies in sub-Saharan […]


Our Science 6: Winter 2017

We are pleased to announce the release of Our Science Issue 6 – Winter 2017 available on our website This issue showcases MRCG’s win in the Business Continuity Award in Resilient Workforce category, why Malaria remains one of the main infectious diseases in sub-Sahara Africa, staff who have made significant contribution and impact in […]