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 […]

Dr Julia Mwesigwa wins the Young Investigators Award

Dr Julia Mwesigwa Epidemiologist Disease Control and Elimination Theme won the first-tier position of the Young Investigator Award competition held at the recently concluded 67th annual tropical medicine conference of  the American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). The conference took place from the 28th October to 1st November 2018 in New Orleans, USA. Julia […]

The Greenwood Africa Award – Nominations Open

The MRCG at LSHTM would like to support the announcement for the call for nominations of the inaugural Greenwood Africa Award. London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has established this medal to mark Professor Sir Brian Greenwood’s 80th birthday in 2018. The award recognises the research achievements and future potential of a mid-career African scientist of exceptional promise […]

Biomarkers for diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis: A systematic review

This paper provides an in-depth review of the methodological characteristics and study quality of childhood TB biomarkers, and compares the reported diagnostic performances to WHO-endorsed target product profiles for new diagnostics in children with presumptive tuberculosis (TPPs). It also gives targeted guidance for future biomarker studies, including the crucial need for adaptability of a promising […]