Celebrating World Breast Feeding Week

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine joins the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) and international organisations in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. Over the years, the MRCG at LSHTM’s research on breastfeeding has supported the development of WHO’s Recommendation for Exclusive Breastfeeding for 6 months by demonstrating […]

Novel three-marker biosignature of childhood tuberculosis discovered in The Gambia

The childhood TB Team at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has discovered a novel 3-biomarker signature in blood that distinguished TB disease from other respiratory diseases in Gambian children, in new research published in The Lancet journal, EBioMedicine. Strides to achieve the targets of […]

Innovative Preventive Strategies Needed to Reduce Obesity In The Gambia

The results of a new study published in BMJ Open reveal that 1 in every 10 Gambian adults is overweight or obese, with a higher prevalence in women. Awareness-creation, discouraging harmful beliefs on weight, and promoting healthy diets and physical activity could significantly reduce the high burden of obesity in The Gambia. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) […]

Statement – MRCG at LSHTM Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19

A member of the staff at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has been confirmed as having COVID-19, and is currently receiving excellent care at our specialist clinic in Fajara . We wish them well in their recovery. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our absolute priority. Staff and students […]

Ongoing efforts to understand human protective immunity against latent tuberculosis infection – learning from Gambian children who’ve been exposed to tuberculosis but remain uninfected

Understanding why some children don’t have latent tuberculosis infection after being exposed to tuberculosis is important for the development of better vaccines against the disease, as highlighted in new research published in EBioMedicine. Children are particularly vulnerable to the infectious disease tuberculosis and can become seriously unwell, or even die. Some children who have been […]

Termination of Daily COVID-19 Diagnostics Reports from MRCG at LSHTM

The National Public Health Laboratories (NPHL) have commenced testing for COVID-19 in The Gambia. The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is proud to have supported the process of setting up the laboratories for testing, including the provision of equipment, the calibration and certification of tools, […]

Black Lives Matter

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine extends condolences to the families and friends of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Gambian Momodou Lamin Sisay and others, who died as a result of police brutality in the United States of America. We stand in solidarity with all those […]

Origin of SARS-CoV-2 strains in The Gambia Identified From Whole Genome Sequences

The Genomics Team at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has successfully completed a study which generated Whole Genome data to determine the origin and pattern of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the first six cases tested in The Gambia. The results of the study, published […]

R&R Laundry Services, Njai Family Donate to MRCG at LSHTM

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has received donations from R&R Laundry Services and Alieu Momar Njai, to support the Unit’s COVID-19 response. R&R Laundry Services donated 30 single flat bed sheets, 50 pillowcases, 13 single wool blankets, 20 waterproof mattress protectors and 1000 woven disposable hats. As the Unit’s Laundry Service […]

MRCG at LSHTM donates to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital Liver Clinic

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine donated items from the recently ended Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Studies (GHIS) to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) Liver Clinic. The GHIS studies started in 1986 with the introduction of the hepatitis vaccine to Gambian children.  At the […]

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Sophie Moore

Dr Sophie Moore, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and Reader at King’s College London has been awarded a 5-year Senior Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to study micronutrient interventions to improve infant neurocognitive development and growth in early infancy. Undernutrition during the early years of life […]