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MRC Gambia

MRC Unit The Gambia
PO Box 273, Banjul
The Gambia
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The MRC - The Gambia (MRCG) is one of two research units established in sub- aharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRCG represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African region.

The Unit’s investigator-led research is underpinned by the combination of excellent laboratory facilities and easy access to the field with well-defined populations that are highly supportive of our research, excellent clinical services, rigorous ethical procedures and ability to deliver GCP-compliant clinical trials. Our large research portfolio spans basic research to the evaluation of interventions for the control of diseases of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa.

The MRC the Gambia offers an excellent opportunity of carrying out research related to malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa as in the western part of the country transmission is so low that may be interrupted by additional interventions. We are investigating the determinants of the observed heterogeneity of transmission and dynamic of residual transmission. Future malaria research activities will comprise: i) trials on interventions aiming at interrupting transmission and/or trial on new vaccines/treatments/insecticides and studies on drug/insecticide resistance, ii) studies on the mechanisms of transmission, i.e. the epidemiology of gametocytes, how this varies with the host and the environment and how chronic asymptomatic malaria carriers contribute to malaria transmission, iii) studies on candidate malaria vaccines and drugs.


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