The Reach4Kids Africa meeting – Joining forces in The Gambia

The childhood TB team was honoured  to receive the collaborating African scientists of the Reach4Kids Africa (R4KA) project and members of their National TB Control teams on August 7th and 8th at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. Colleagues from Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania attended the Annual Investigators meeting in order to report on […]

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains the leading cause of cardiac death and disability in children and young adults worldwide

RHD results from cardiac valvular damage caused by an exaggerated immune response to Group A Streptococcus infections (GAS), usually during childhood and adolescence, with global estimates of >34 million people affected and >345,000 deaths with sub-Saharan Africa as the main hotspot Complications include heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, infective endocarditis and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Though […]

Laboratory Accreditations in Fajara, Keneba and Basse

In October 2017, MRCG at LSHTM Laboratories in Fajara operating according to GCLP were re-assessed by an independent certification body, Qualogy. The laboratories included in this assessment were Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Serology and Mycobacteriology (TB) Laboratories. The objective of the assessment was to examine the laboratory facilities, processes, systems and procedures that have been […]

Dr Helen Brotherton is a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

Dr Brotherton has over 13 years clinical paediatric experience in a varietyof health care settings in UK, Ireland, Australia and West Africa. She is a visiting PhD student in the Disease Control Elimination Theme at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and an Honorary Consultant General Paediatrician with an interest in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, at […]

Dr Brenda Kwambana-Adams is an MRC-LSHTM West Africa Global Health Research Fellow

Brenda was awarded a competitive MRC Capacity Development PhD studentship to carry out her doctorate studies at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and the University of Leicester following her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, Massachusetts on a prestigious Davis United World Scholarship and an MSc in Medical Microbiology at London School […]

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM First Multi-Country Sponsored Clinical Trial

Randomised control clinical trials are considered the gold standard in health care research and our reliance on them will continue as the world seeks to find new health care interventions that solve the growing global health problems. More so in Sub Saharan Africa where the burden of disease is greater, therefore, the need to conduct […]

Fatou Joof joined the MRCG at LSHTM in 2011 as a Trainee Scientific Officer

She is studying the molecular mechanisms by which human genetic variations in RBC surface proteins impact Malaria Pathogenesis She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mohamed V in Rabat Morocco. She was awarded a scholarship by the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM to do an MSc course in Molecular Parasitology […]

Inauguration of the New Data Center and Entomology Laboratory

MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM inaugurated a new Data Center and Entomology Laboratory on Monday 16th July 2018. The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s IT infrastructure provides the backbone for critical information processing and analyses needed for the sustenance and expansion of medical research. The purpose of the Data Centre is to accommodate […]

DNA marks in adults tracked back to changes in earliest days of life

Findings could aid understanding of how our early environment influences later health Scientists have gained a glimpse of how marks on our genes that could be linked to adverse health outcomes in later life behave differently in the first few days after conception, according to new research published in Science Advances. Some of these marks […]