Our Genomics Core Facility: A Bold Step For The Unit

The establishment of a Genomics Core Facility at our Fajara site represents a bold undertaking for the Unit, and aligns with our agenda to build a strong core genomics capability, and become a stronger partner in the emerging “southern” genomics alliances, particularly in West Africa. The Unit has already secured and will be investing on […]

Dr Modou Jobe Wins Prestigious Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowship

Dr Modou Jobe, Research Clinician at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has been awarded the Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowship, following a competitive process. The three-year Fellowship offers nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at postgraduate or postdoctoral level. Through the Fellowship, Dr. Jobe seeks to […]

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM hosts first Maternal Azithromycin Meeting

The MRC Unit The Gambia at the LSHTM hosted the first Maternal Azithromycin Research (MAR) Harmonization meeting with investigators from around the world, from 26th to 28th June 2019. The MAR meeting was organized and chaired by Dr Anna Roca, PregnAnZI-2 Principal Investigator, and included other investigators from the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Joquina Chiquita Jones, Preventing Infections

Dr Joquina Chiquita Jones graduated in the third set of Medical Doctors from the University of The Gambia, School of Medicine and then obtained a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics major) from Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2015. She is presently working on the PregnAnZI-2 multi-country clinical trial, which aims to determine […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Julia Mwesigwa, Working Towards Zero Malaria

Dr Julia Mwesigwa is a clinically-qualified malaria epidemiologist from Uganda. She joined the MRCG at LSHTM in 2012 to implement a five-year cohort study aimed at understanding the transmission dynamics of malaria at village level in the five administrative regions of The Gambia. Working under the supervision of Prof Umberto D’Alessandro, she has led several […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Isatou Jagne, Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Isatou Jagne joined the Unit in 2007 as a laboratory technician, rising through the post of a trainee Scientific Officer, to her current position as a Higher Scientific Officer on the PregnAnZI-2 trial, coordinating all laboratory activities and leading a team of three scientific officers. She has been involved in several studies at the Unit, […]

MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Uduak Okomo, Saving Newborns from Infections

Dr. Uduak Okomo will discuss how newborns get infection, the types of serious infections in newborns, and what we do when infection is suspected; and finally, how we can prevent newborns from getting infection. Her work focuses on better measurement of and reduction in the burden of maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. Serious […]

Prevalence of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) and Antimicrobial Resistance in Community-Acquired Clinical Staphylococcus aureus in an Urban Gambian Hospital:

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major human pathogen with several virulence factors. An 11-Year period Retrospective Pilot Study led by Saffiatou Darboe showed that PVL-SA strains accounted for 61.4% (180/293) of S. aureus isolates. PVL prevalence was high in both Gambian bacteraemia and SSTIs S. aureus strains. Antimicrobial resistance was low and included chloramphenicol […]