Effects of Childhood Adversity on Brain Development

Global health research has previously been limited to the use of behavioural assessments to measure the effect of exposure to early socio-economic and health challenges. A team of developmental psychologists from Birkbeck is currently carrying out a project in The Gambia, which uses portable, low-invasive, low-cost brain imaging techniques to improve understanding of the impact […]

Respiratory infections are a previously unsuspected cause of iron deficiency

Findings could re-orientate global programmes to prevent iron deficiency anemia According to new research published in Science Advances, researchers in The Gambia have uncovered a hitherto unknown relationship between respiratory infections and iron deficiency in children living in poor environments. According to the latest global burden of disease estimates, iron deficiency (ID) and its consequent […]

World TB Day: A Look Back at the MRCG at LSHTM’s Participation at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health at The Hague

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated on March 24th each year. This year, activities are organised under the global theme “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”. For the MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, it is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and contributions, and reflect on innovative research strategies to […]

Kevin Opondo has been awarded a Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa Grant

Kevin Opondo is a postdoctoral fellow at DELTAS Africa-funded Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD) fellowship. He is based at the Disease Control and Elimination Theme at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds a PhD in tropical medicine- entomology/epidemiology, from The University of Liverpool […]

Secrets of early life revealed from less than half a teaspoon of blood

Pioneering technology could pave the way for improved newborn vaccines. A global team of scientists have mapped the developmental pathway of a newborn’s life for the first time. The research, published in Nature Communications, could transform our understanding of health and disease in babies. Co-led by the MRC Unit The Gambia at the London School […]

Harouna Dit Massire Soumare – Manager Entomology Laboratory and Projects Entomologist

Dit Massaire Soumare obtained the PharmD degree in Pharmacy from The University of Technical Sciences and Technologies of Bamako-Mali in 2010. He did his thesis on the monitoring and effectiveness of the indoor residual spraying in two districts at the Entomological Department at the Malaria Research and Training Centre (MRTC) in Mali. From 2010 to […]

Full GCLP Certification Granted to all MRCG at LSHTM Sites

We are proud to announce that the routine laboratories in Fajara and Keneba, and the research laboratories in Basse have now all received full certification to GCLP!  GCLP represents Good Clinical Practice in the Laboratories. It is an international quality system for laboratories that receive, handle, manage, and analyse samples from Clinical Trials in accordance […]

Walikunda – A Field Site for Entomological Research

A Hub for Studying Mosquito Behaviour and Ecology. The Walikunda Field Site was established in 1977 by a team of entomologists led by Professor M T Gillies from Sussex University Mosquito Behavioural Unit, along the South Bank of the River Gambia 100Km from Basse. Most of the entomological research projects conducted at the MRCG at […]