MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Joquina Chiquita Jones, Preventing Infections

Dr Joquina Chiquita Jones graduated in the third set of Medical Doctors from the University of The Gambia, School of Medicine and then obtained a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics major) from Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2015. She is presently working on the PregnAnZI-2 multi-country clinical trial, which aims to determine […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Julia Mwesigwa, Working Towards Zero Malaria

Dr Julia Mwesigwa is a clinically-qualified malaria epidemiologist from Uganda. She joined the MRCG at LSHTM in 2012 to implement a five-year cohort study aimed at understanding the transmission dynamics of malaria at village level in the five administrative regions of The Gambia. Working under the supervision of Prof Umberto D’Alessandro, she has led several […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Isatou Jagne, Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Isatou Jagne joined the Unit in 2007 as a laboratory technician, rising through the post of a trainee Scientific Officer, to her current position as a Higher Scientific Officer on the PregnAnZI-2 trial, coordinating all laboratory activities and leading a team of three scientific officers. She has been involved in several studies at the Unit, […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Uduak Okomo, Saving Newborns from Infections

Dr. Uduak Okomo will discuss how newborns get infection, the types of serious infections in newborns, and what we do when infection is suspected; and finally, how we can prevent newborns from getting infection. Her work focuses on better measurement of and reduction in the burden of maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. Serious […]

Prevalence of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) and Antimicrobial Resistance in Community-Acquired Clinical Staphylococcus aureus in an Urban Gambian Hospital:

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major human pathogen with several virulence factors. An 11-Year period Retrospective Pilot Study led by Saffiatou Darboe showed that PVL-SA strains accounted for 61.4% (180/293) of S. aureus isolates. PVL prevalence was high in both Gambian bacteraemia and SSTIs S. aureus strains. Antimicrobial resistance was low and included chloramphenicol […]

MRCG at LSHTM to host Dr. Aida Badiane, 2019 Crick African Network Fellow

Dr. Aida Badiane is one of the four new recipients of the Crick African Network’s African Accelerator Award Fellowships. The African Accelerator Awards are designed to help facilitate the transition from mid-career postdoctoral research scientists to research group leaders on the African continent. Spending at least six months at the Crick, the fellows will also […]

Vaccinology Master’s Level Course in Africa held at the MRCG at LSHTM

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, in partnership with the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford hosted the Vaccinology in Africa course from 29th April to 3rd May 2019, at the Ocean Bay Hotel and Resort. The host academic leaders for the course were Prof. Beate Kampmann, Theme Leader for Vaccines & Immunity […]

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Hosts Workshop on HPC Platform

A group of biostatisticians and genomics researchers have completed a one-day workshop on ‘Introduction to parallel programming in R on the High Performance Computing platform (Mendy) at the Fajara campus of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. The workshop, organised by the IT and Statistics departments, was presented by Dr. David Jeffries, Lead Statistician […]

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Hosts Prof. Fiona Watt, MRC Executive Chair

The Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council, Professor Fiona Watt visited the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM from the 23rd to 25th April 2019.  Professor Watt is also the Director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London. During her visit, which also marked her first time in […]