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 […]

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 […]