MRC Unit The Gambia - Leading health research center in West Africa to save lives and improve health care across the world.
MRC Unit The Gambia is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK
MRC Unit The Gambia is the single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. The unit represents an 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.
- To deliver innovative, world-leading research aimed at reducing the burden of illness and death in low and middle income countries, supported by an enabling research environment.
- To maintain the ability to attract and retain the highest calibre of staff by ensuring that MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s reputation for scientific integrity, quality and excellence is preserved.
- To transform the outputs and outcomes of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s research, using a variety of mechanisms, into changes in health practices and policies that maximise the health and economic impact of our research.
- To train and develop MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM staff in order to meet the required capacity to manage processes, people and resources effectively, and to increase capacity in health research in the West African Region and beyond.
- To address health issues of priority in low and middle income countries by strengthening partnerships and engagement with a range of stakeholders, including the people and the Government of The Gambia and the West African Region, funding partners and research collaborators.