African women working in global health: closing the gender gap in Africa?

Improving global health and gender equality are integral components of the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. However, women in research are still under-represented. The lack of female researchers in sub-Saharan Africa reduces the diversity of scientific perspectives on gender dimensions of health, and curtails the ability of the society to advocate for maternal […]

Systems Immunology and Bioinformatics Workshop

A 5-day workshop from 19th to 23rd of February 2018 on systems immunology and bioinformatics was held at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Fajara main site. The main aim of the training workshop is to build capability and capacity for analysis of human transcriptomic datasets (e.g. microarray, RNAseq) in The Unit, generated in vaccinology […]

MRCG awarded highly competitive Medical Research Council Foundation Award

Award to pursue Evaluating novel diagnostics and enabling preventive measures for childhood tuberculosis between the United Kingdom (UK) and partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. MRC Unit The Gambia’s Professor Beate Kampmann, Theme Leader, Vaccines and Immunity and co-investigator Dr Uzochukwu Egere have recently been awarded a highly competitive Medical Research Council (MRC) Foundation Award to pursue […]

Securing a child’s future needs to start during parents’ teen years

A child’s growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy – even going back to adolescence – according to a new paper. The article in the latest edition of Nature argues that tackling health problems including obesity, mental health, poor nutrition and substance abuse in young people before […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]