Incidence of macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin B resistance amongst beta-haemolytic streptococci in The Gambia

The description of penicillin, macrolide and lincosamide resistance among beta-haemolytic streptococci (BHS) isolates are hardly made in West Africa. However, the availability of such information is very important as it helps to detect and track antibiotic resistance during emergencies. To test the resistibility of these antibiotics, samples were collected from 217 people who attended clinic […]

Dr Madikay Senghore Post-doc Fellow is an ISPPD-11 Robert Austrian Research Award Recipient

Dr Madikay Senghore Post-doc Research Fellow in Microbial Genomics has been awarded a 25,000 USD Robert Austrian Research Award for his research project titled “Understanding the pathogenesis and virulence traits of a novel clade of vaccine preventable streptococcus pneumoniae with outbreak potential”. Dr Madikay Senghore PhD MSc joined MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM in […]

PVS Randomisation Meeting at Basse Field Station, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

A randomisation meeting for the Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedules (PVS) study was held on Tuesday 27th March, 2018 at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Basse Field Station. The session was graced by a representative from each of the 68 clusters in the study. Mr Pa Chebou Saine, Head of Operations, MRC Unit The Gambia at […]

New Blood Test Found to Predict Onset of TB Up to Two Years in Advance

Tuberculosis, caused by infection with Myobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), is the world’s leading cause of death brought on by a single pathogen. More than 10 million new cases of TB are diagnosed each year, and almost two million people die from the disease. Globally, 1.7 billion people are estimated to be infected with M.tb. A new […]

Haddijatou Mbye PhD Students win awards in Uganda

Haddijatou Mbye is one of the pioneers of MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM PhD fellows funded by the Wellcome Trust- DELTAS (Developing Excellence in Leadership Training and Science) project at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). She is enrolled at the department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University […]

BRIGHT Open Day at Keneba Field Station

A Participant Open Day for the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project was held at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Keneba field station on Tuesday 10th April 2018. Over 70 mothers, fathers and infants were welcomed at the event representing every village from which the study has recruited participants. The BRIGHT project is a […]

National Robotics Competition Finals

The National Robotics Competition finals was held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Fajara main site. Five schools, Marina International, Gambia High School, Methodist Academy, SBEC International and SOS High School competed in the finals. All five schools were tasked to […]

Post-doctoral Career Development Fellowship awarded to Dr Alansana Darboe

Dr Alansana Darboe, Post-doc working with the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) team in Vaccine & Immunity Theme (VIT) has been awarded a 2-year immunizing pregnant women and infants network (IMPRINT) Post-doctoral Career Development Fellowship worth £200 000 to investigate the interactions between maternal antibody transmitted via the placenta during pregnancy and neonatal innate immune […]

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 […]