Immunology Training in The Gambia

From December 4th to December 9th a training workshop on basic immunology and malaria immunology was conducted by Stephen Cose and John Raynes from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During the first 3 days of the session, participants were taught the basic facts of immunology. These sessions were delivered by Stephen Cose […]


MRCG 70th Anniversary Celebrations

The most highly anticipated and talked about event of 2017 is finally here. MRC Unit Gambia has been in existence in the Country for the past 70 years. This is a major achievement which calls for recognition internationally and celebrations at home. As part of activities marking the event, a symposium will take place bringing […]


Celebrating Quality at MRC Unit The Gambia

The Quality Department of MRC Unit The Gambia recently launched 2017’s World Quality Month (WQM) under the theme ‘Teamwork Makes the Vision Work. November is the month chosen to celebrate QUALITY! In 1960 the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) started celebrating quality. Over the years, Asian and European nations, the US, Canada and […]


PRECISE Network Team Visits MRCG

A group from the PRECISE Network visited MRCG recently in preparation for a new project on maternal and neonatal health. It is estimated that about 46,000 women and two-and-a-half million babies die annually during the puerperal and neonatal period, respectively, and half of them die in Africa. In addition, about 50 million women and babies […]


MRCG and Horizon Trust hold Training Exercise

MRC Unit the Gambia (MRCG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Horizon Trust, and Baylor University of Medicine recently  convened a two-day training exercise focused on West Africa Regional Horizons. The event was held at the Bray Lecture Theatre. In his opening statement, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health […]


MRC’s Ashwin Mehta Receives 2 Awards at the Association of Learning Technology Awards

Following his nomination at the Association of Learning Technology Awards this year, MRC’s Ashwin Mehta, Corporate Head of Resilience, received two awards at the conference. He received the individual achievement runner-up award (second to the University of Manchester’s Centre of Excellence in Digital Learning) as well as the community choice award. Mehta thanked everyone who […]


Training for Medical Laboratory Professionals Held at MRCG Fajara

A weekend training programme was held recently at MRCG Fajara. The aim of the training was to help MRCG Laboratory workers to appreciate ISO15189 and how it can be mainstreamed into routine medical laboratory practice. The need for up-to-date information on laboratory quality management system plus the fact that many new staff had joined the […]


Dr Leopold Tientcheu Awarded Small Grant from Royal Society of Tropical Medicine (RSTMH)

More than £100,000 in grants were recently awarded for clinicians and scientists across the field of tropical medicine and hygiene through small grants and travel scholarships from the RSTHM. Dr Leopold Tientcheu, postdoctoral immunologist with Vaccines and Immunity Theme at MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) is one of the proud winners of the small grants. The […]


Systematic Review of Studies In Sub-Saharan Africa Aims to Consolidate Data on Pulmonary NTM

MRCG’s systematic review of several studies in sub-Saharan Africa aimed to consolidate existing data on pulmonary NTM in sub-Saharan Africa, review the existing gaps in our knowledge of pulmonary NTM and identify future research priorities was published in Scientific Reports on the 20th of September 2017. According to lead author Catherine Okoi, the findings suggested […]


Lamin Sillah a Product of MRCG’s Commitment to Train Young Africans to Become Scientists

Lamin Sillah is a Scientific Officer working in the Genomics Laboratory with a strong interest in next-generation sequencing techniques and their application in infectious diseases research. He is a product of the Unit’s commitment to training young Africans to become scientists. His dual skills in molecular techniques and basic bioinformatics are precisely suited to the […]


Dr Modou Jobe Aims to Understand the Link Between Metabolic Problems and Cardiovascular Diseases

Dr Jobe’s research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, especially in developing countries. He is seeking to understand the link between metabolic problems like obesity and insulin resistance, and the development of cardiovascular diseases. His current project, a randomised placebo-controlled trial, is a recall-by-genotype study which seeks to investigate the effect […]