New Entomology Laboratory at Fajara Main Site

The Entomology Laboratory puts the unit at a strategic position to attract new research funding and collaborations to conduct clinical trials of novel interventions against malaria and other vector-borne diseases. The capacity for Entomology work was identified as a key resource for research on vector-borne diseases particularly malaria, during the implementation of the new MRC […]

Creation of a West African BioResource (WABR)

Genome-Wide and Epigenome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS and EWAS) provide a powerful tool for exploring how genes and epigenes that are associated with disease outcomes exert their effects. Modern science is increasingly relying on large collaborative ventures, and with good reason. The pooling of data, resources and brain power can create a whole that is much […]

The West African Network for TB, Aids, Malaria (WANETAM)

The WANETAM network is being implemented in thirteen West African Institutions in nine countries with partnerships from four northern partners. The MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM is using its unique position in West Africa to support capacity building and development of researchers and research institutions in the region. In addition to the core funding […]

The PRECISE (PREgnancy Care Integrating Transitional Science, Everywhere) Network

Annually, pregnancy hypertension, fetal growth restriction (FGR), and stillbirth unrelated to intrapartum events are associated with 46,000 maternal and 2.5 million fetal, neonatal and infant deaths. Over 99% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and over half in sub-Saharan Africa. The PREgnancy Care Integrating Transitional Science, Everywhere (PRECISE) Network has been created […]

Dr. Fatoumatta Darboe Post-Doctoral Researcher – TB Immunology Laboratory

Dr. Darboe recently completed her PhD in Clinical Sciences and Immunology at the University of Cape Town with top marks. Fatoumatta’s PhD thesis looked at transcriptomic signatures in patients co-infected with TB and HIV. Her results showed that TB disease in HIV-infected persons could be diagnosed using a small gene signature which could be used […]

Think TB – Teachers Pilot Training

On Tuesday 11th November 2018, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM organised a pilot training workshop for the teachers at Methodist Academy Senior Secondary School. This was part of the sensitization program to equip the teachers ahead of the Think TB engagement workshop organized for the students. The training focused on symptoms of TB, how […]

Abdoulie Bojang determined to understand how the use of prophylactic azithromycin may increase levels of antibiotic resistance in The Gambia

Abdoulie Bojang is a Microbiologist doing his PhD on understanding how public health interventions (i.e. prophylactic use of azithromycin) aimed at reducing mortality may establish antibiotic resistance in the community. Abdoulie Bojang rejoined MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM in 2008 after completing his MSc in Biomedical Science. He worked as a scientific officer for […]

Open Day at Keneba Field Station

A community open day was held at Keneba Field Station on Wednesday 7th November 2018. Over 500 visitors attended from 33 villages in West Kiang. In attendance was also the District Health Team and the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA). Buba Jabang (Head of Operations) and Dr Toby Candler ( Nutrition Theme Coordinator) welcomed the visitors […]

Think TB: Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign for Gambian Youth

A one day interactive training workshop, funded by the Public Engagement small grants scheme of the LSHTM, was held at Methodist Academy Senior Secondary School on Saturday 24th November 2018. The training was conducted using creative methodologies such as infographics, games activities, and a TB musical to engage students and teachers. The workshop aimed at […]

Supporting Midwives in The Gambia to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes

Professor Beate Kampmann and the Vaccines & Immunity Theme hosted the 4th Annual Midwifery Training Programme at Fajara main site on 12th and 13th November 2018.  The training programme was facilitated by Dr Beverly Donaldson (Postdoctoral Research Midwife, Imperial College London), Dr Olubukola Idoko (Paediatrician, MRCG at LSHTM) and Dr Anna Battersby (Paediatrician in Community […]