Wellbeing Committee Launches Weekly Cycling Exercise for Unit Staff 

On 15th January 2022, the Wellbeing Committee at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine launched its weekly bike riding exercise for Unit staff, as part of activities to promote healthy lifestyles and nurture the holistic wellbeing of staff.   About 20 staff joined the maiden exercise, cycling a total of 27 kilometres from the Fajara campus to Banjul, and back.   […]

Dr Abdul Karim Sesay Awarded MBE in Queen’s New Year Honours

Dr Abdul Karim Sesay, Head of the Genomics Strategic Platform at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2022, recognising his services in charity and medical research. The […]

Study Explores Pathogenesis of Acute Malnutrition and Its Severity Among Children Under 5 Years

The specific roles that gut microbiota, known pathogens, and host energy-regulating hormones play in the pathogenesis of non-edematous severe acute malnutrition (marasmus SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) during outpatient nutritional rehabilitation have not been explored previously. New research findings, published in the Lancet Journal EBioMedicine, show that acute malnutrition is characterised by an increase […]

COMBO Study Holds Capacity Building Training for Health Workers

On 16th December 2021, the Childhood ‘Omics’ and Mycobacterium tuberculosis-derived BiOsignatures (COMBO) Project team at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM held a capacity building training for health workers at the Unit’s campus in Fajara. A total of twenty-two (22) healthcare workers comprising nurses and Leprosy and Tuberculosis Inspectors (LTI) in the Kanifing Municipality […]

West African nations need to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination 10-fold

Researchers highlight the risks of vaccine inequity and need for concerted action West African nations need to drastically ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination programmes by a factor of 10 if they are to reach at least 60% coverage by 2022 and achieve the population level immunity needed to bring the pandemic under control in Africa […]

New link between malaria parasites and sickle haemoglobin identified

Some malaria parasites in sub-Saharan Africa have genetic variants that allow them to infect those with sickle haemoglobin, which is normally thought to give strong protection against the disease. Parasites which cause malaria may have adapted to overcome the protection offered by the sickle haemoglobin gene mutation, according to a study published in Nature. The study, […]

Study Reveals Wide Distribution of Invasive Salmonella Serovars Circulating in The Gambia

Using whole genome sequencing and epidemiological data through population-based surveillance, researchers at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM have found an increase in the proportion of Salmonella disease caused by atypical serovars over time. The results of the study, published in the Microbial Genomics journal, showed acquisition of specific genetic virulence factors in the […]

MRCG at LSHTM Convenes Participatory Workshop on Post-TB Lung Health in West Africa

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM) convened a 3-day participatory workshop from 17th to 19th November 2021, at the Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau. The meeting brought together research staff from the Unit, former Tuberculosis (TB) patients, TB-affected families, TB advocacy organisations, […]

LSHTM Director Visits MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

The newly-appointed Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Professor Liam Smeeth, has concluded his first visit to the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM since his appointment in August 2021. The visit aimed at strengthening the relationship between the LSHTM and the MRCG at LSHTM, ensure even stronger […]

MRCG at LSHTM Hosts West African Paediatric Spirometry Training

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM), in collaboration with the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS) has concluded an intensive practical training on paediatric spirometry in Fajara. The training, held from 11th to 15th October 2021, brought together 14 healthcare workers comprising paediatricians […]

Gambian Vice President Inaugurates New MRCG at LSHTM Molecular Biology Laboratory

On 12th October 2021, the Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia Dr. Isatou Touray, officially inaugurated the new Molecular Biology Laboratory Building at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM). Vice President Touray was joined by Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of […]