Gambia Government and MRC Promote Safe, Relevant Research

The workshop was declared open by the Honourable Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Malick Njie. In his opening remarks, Dr Njie stressing the need for locally-based ethics review bodies commented: ‘It is…imperative that African ethics review bodies, aware of the sensitivities of each ethnic and cultural group, formulate ethical review standards […]

A new approach to diarrhoea research in The Gambia

Diarrhoea is characterized by diverse clinical syndromes, but more commonly the passage of abnormally loose stool or stool mixed with blood and mucus. The WHO estimates that 18% of the 10.6 million children in the under five age group die from diarrhoeal diseases each year. Under-5 mortality rates fell worldwide throughout the latter part of […]

TB Vaccine Trial Reaches One Year Milestone

The first infant recipient of the novel MVA85A TB vaccine has been successfully followed up to the age of one year, the age at which participants graduate from the study.

€3 million EDCTP grant awarded for vaccine development

The MRC Laboratories in The Gambia are to form a partnership with researchers in the Universities of Oxford (MRC Human Immunology Unit) and Nairobi, Kenya, to develop capacity for clinical trials of HIV vaccine candidates in infants, based in the Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia.

Vaccine to protect children in West African ‘meningitis belt’

A vaccine to protect people living in West Africa from a lethal and highly infectious form of meningitis has shown promising results in a phase 2 clinical trial. The vaccine is designed to protect children from a strain of meningitis known as serogroup A Neisseria meningitidis. Every 8 to 10 years, the group A infection […]

MRC Unit Director Awarded Honorary CBE

Professor Tumani Corrah, Unit Director and Chairman of MRC The Gambia’s Executive Management Board, has been awarded the title of CBE* in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s honours list. The award is in recognition of Professor Corrah’s long and distinguished career as a consultant physician, researcher and leader.

MRC Hosts Regional Good Clinical Practice Training

MRC hosted its first EDCTP-funded GCP training course from 7th to 11th May 2007. The Netherlands-based European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was represented at the course by Dr Michael Makanga, Capacity Development Manager at the EDCTP’s regional office in Cape Town.

MRC celebrates sixty years in The Gambia

MRC marked sixty years in The Gambia with a series of events to commemorate its long standing relationship with the Government and people of The Gambia. The MRC Chief Executive, Professor Colin Blakemore visited The Gambia from 1st to 4th May to participate in a programme of events which included an Open Day at Fajara […]