MRCG at LSHTM Researchers Shine at 4th COLDA Conference

Researchers from the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis and Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) program at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM) recently led presentations at the 4th annual Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA). Three of the team members received Young Investigator […]

IOU Students Conduct Cleaning Exercise On MRCG at LSHTM Fajara Campus

On 8th August 2021, students from the International Open University (IOU) conducted a cleansing exercise at the Fajara campus of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM). Credit: MRCG at LSHTM/Mamud Joof The exercise was organised to complete graduation requirements for the students. […]

LATTE Study Reveals 41 Out of 3000 School Children Have Rheumatic Heart Disease

On 27th July 2021, researchers from the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRCG at LSHTM) presented the results of the LATTE Project, at a ceremony held at the Nusrat Senior Secondary School in Bundung. The LATTE project was launched five years ago at the MRCG […]

Vaccine against pneumococcal disease reduces severe cases in children by 80% in The Gambia

Study examines the real-life long-term impact of routine introduction of vaccine. Introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) to childhood routine vaccination in The Gambia reduced severe infections associated with pneumococcal disease, according to new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The Pneumococcal Surveillance Project (PSP) showed that, among children aged 2-59 months, the use […]

COVID-19 reinfections in The Gambia by phylogenetically distinct SARS-CoV-2 variants – first two confirmed events in West Africa

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community hypothesised that SARS-CoV-2 transmission would eventually be hindered by herd immunity, conferred by natural infection, vaccination, or both. However, it remains unclear whether initial infection with SARS-CoV-2 confers protection against reinfection and how long this protection would last. A study on SARS-CoV-2 led by the […]

MRCG at LSHTM Hosts Climate Change Solutions Festival

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, held a 2 -day a Climate Change Solutions Festival from the 26th -27th May 2021, at the Unit’s grounds in Fajara. The festival focused on climate change solutions and […]

Raised Houses May Reduce Malaria Transmission In Africa

There is growing evidence that house design can decrease the force of malaria infection. In a new publication in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface, researchers from the United Kingdom, Denmark and The Gambia reveal that raised buildings may help to reduce malaria transmission in Africa. Despite being preventable, malaria remains an important public […]

Multiple Social Factors Influence Involvement in Mass Drug Administration Trial

New research published in the BMC Malaria Journal has shown that nuanced social dynamics greatly influence the decision-making process for participants in the MASSIV trial, a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) using ivermectin for malaria in the Upper River Region of The Gambia. Mass Drug Administration (MDA) is an intervention used for the control and elimination […]

Beate Kampmann elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Beate is one of 50 new Fellows who have been selected for this prestigious Fellowship. Awarded annually, they recognise exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science through innovative research discoveries, and translating scientific developments into benefits for patients and the wider society. Trained as a clinician-scientist in paediatric infectious diseases, Professor Kampmann was appointed […]