Women and children last? Shaking up exclusion criteria for vaccine trials

Is it time to shift to a model of ‘inclusion unless otherwise justified’ in trials of vaccines for pandemics? The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many things on its head, including routine approaches to the development of vaccines. The urgency of the pandemic has meant that the lengthy timelines of clinical trials, stepwise adaptations and eventual […]


The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine held its annual Director’s Awards on 16th December 2020. The event is organised every year to recognise the exceptional contributions of staff at the Unit. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unit staged a virtual award ceremony on Zoom […]

MRCG AT LSHTM Launches PaTS Clinical Trial at Brikama District Hospital

On 2nd December 2020, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, launched the clinical trial on Prevention and Treatment of Severe Pneumonia Associated with Covid (PaTS) at the Brikama District Hospital. The clinical trial aims to investigate the efficacy of pharmacological agents for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission and infection; treatment during the […]

Long-term Impact of West African Food System Responses to COVID-19

Even prior to COVID-19, the threat of climate change was already affecting the ability of West African food systems to deliver healthy, sustainable and nutritious foods. Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the situation has worsened, and reforms are needed. In a recent paper published in Nature Food, researchers at Medical […]

Dr Abdulazeez Imam Wins Prestigious OHSCAR PhD Scholarship Award

Dr Abdulazeez Imam, a Research Clinician with the Vaccines and Immunity Theme of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, has been awarded a highly competitive Oxford Health System Research Collaboration (OHSCAR) Prize Studentship to study for a PhD in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. Dr Imam completed his Medical […]

Dr Oghenebrume Wariri Wins Two Prestigious Fellowships

Dr Oghenebrume Wariri, Research Clinician at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, has been awarded an EDCTP Career Development Fellowship 2019 after a competitive process. This award is a 30-month fellowship aimed at supporting early to mid-career sub-Saharan African researchers by providing them with an opportunity to train and develop their clinical […]

The African Academy of Sciences elects LSHTM Professor Martin Antonio as a Fellow

We are delighted to announce that Martin Antonio, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Global Health at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, has been elected to the prestigious African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Fellowship. Prof Antonio is one of 39 Fellows announced by the AAS for the 2019 election year. Fellows are recognised for attaining […]

World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century

Sepsis and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are recognised global health problems, both contributing to the enormous human, medical, and economic burden of infectious diseases. Sepsis occurs mostly in response to an underlying infection – either a primary infection or from infectious complications of injuries and non-communicable diseases. An estimated 48.9 million people worldwide are affected by […]

Dr Alfred Amambua-Ngwa Awarded EDCTP Senior Fellowships Plus Grant

Dr Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Associate Professor at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, has been awarded an EDCTP Senior Fellowship Plus 2019. This award includes a grant worth 749,000 Euros for Dr Amambua-Ngwa’s research project, titled Plasmodium falciparum tolerance to antimalarial drugs in West Africa: Molecular Determinants and Evolutionary Dynamics (Emerging Genomic Selection and Antimalarial […]

MRCG at LSHTM Clinical Services Team Wins LSHTM Director’s Award 2020

The Clinical Services Department (CSD) of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM are the proud winners of the 2020 LSHTM Director’s Award for Outstanding Professional Services Team. This award celebrates a team that is acknowledged as consistently high performing and that works exceptionally well as a team, using the skills of all members to […]