Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Project closed in Farafenni

On Saturday 22 October 2018 the RHD study team held a final dissemination meeting at the Farafenni Health Center with all local stakeholders and collaborators to mark the official end and celebrate the successful completion of the project. The meeting included several presentations with information on RHD (causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention) as well as […]

Sniffer dogs could detect malaria in people

Dogs could be trained to sniff out malaria in people according to new research aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly disease. Researchers found that dogs could scent malaria in samples of socks worn by infected children. They say their findings could potentially lead to the first rapid and non-invasive test for malaria. Although […]

Dr Leopold Tientcheu Djomkam wins the K43 Emerging Global Leader Award

Dr Leopold Tientcheu Djomkam wins the prestigious K43 Emerging Global Leader Award from the USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Fogarty International Center (FIC). The five year K43 award of US$ 539,205 will further Dr Tientcheu’s independent career development, research and training plans. He will spend time in both South Africa and the USA […]

Dr Assan Jaye Head of Research Training and Career Development – Joint Winner Director’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Developing Students as Researchers

On the 18th September 2018, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine celebrated our talented staff community and recognised some of the great work taking place around the School including its two MRC Units. The Director’s awards 2018 were given to individuals under the categories: Academic (Outstanding contribution, Outstanding team, Early Career); Professional Service (Outstanding […]

Shining a light on brain development

Since recording the first brain images of babies in Africa, Professor Clare Elwell (Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, UCL) has been leading a pioneering study to increase our understanding of early brain development. Here Clare tells us about bringing a new imaging technology to a remote Gambian village, and how it could help […]

Ousubie Jawla, Field Supervisor, MDEG2 Supplementation Trial – Joint Winner of the Directors Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Professional Services category

Ousubie is a field supervisor at the Keneba field station in MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and manages a team of ten field assistants and twenty village assistants to deliver the Methyl Donors and Epigenetics-2 (MDEG2) nutritional supplementation trial. This trial presents technical challenges as it involves organising daily supervision, including weekends, for 12 […]

WANETAM2 Entomology Training Workshop in The Gambia

The first Entomology Training Workshop was held in The Gambia at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM from 27th August to 6th September 2018 under the umbrella of The West African Network of Excellence for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM-2). The WANETAM-2 package is a collaborative project that aim to build research capacity in TB, […]

The Reach4Kids Africa meeting – Joining forces in The Gambia

The childhood TB team was honoured  to receive the collaborating African scientists of the Reach4Kids Africa (R4KA) project and members of their National TB Control teams on August 7th and 8th at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. Colleagues from Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania attended the Annual Investigators meeting in order to report on […]

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains the leading cause of cardiac death and disability in children and young adults worldwide

RHD results from cardiac valvular damage caused by an exaggerated immune response to Group A Streptococcus infections (GAS), usually during childhood and adolescence, with global estimates of >34 million people affected and >345,000 deaths with sub-Saharan Africa as the main hotspot Complications include heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, infective endocarditis and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Though […]