The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM 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. Research into bone health across the lifecourse has been part of the Nutrition theme research portfolio for over 25 years in The Gambia.
The Gambia Principal Investigators
Co-Gambia Co-PI Senior Research Associate, MRC Gambia, The Gambia. Dr Jarjou trained in Medical Lab Sciences and gained a PhD training in Nutrition. His research interests include long term effects of pregnancy calcium intervention on both maternal and offspring blood pressure and fragility fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa.
WP1 Lead & Gambia Co-PI Professor of Global Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southampton, UK and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at MRC Unit The Gambia. Prof Ward also co-leads the Sub-Saharan Africa Musculoskeletal Network. Her research interests focus on how to achieve and maintain functional ability to ensure healthy musculoskeletal system throughout life.
Study Co-ordinator MRC Unit. Sainey is a nurse midwife with special interests in musculoskeletal health, imaging and global health. He has 8 years experience as a research nurse coordinator working as an integral member of the Keneba clinic/Fajara team on various projects.
Study Co-ordinator Momodou has different level of Continuous Professional Development Courses. Research Nurse & Internal Monitor for MRCG@LSHTM with the Vaccine and Immunity Theme study projects. I have worked with different projects both Clinical Trial and Epidemiology studies.
Data Manager MRC Unit He started working for MRC since 1983 in the following: Field worker, Lab Technician, Research Technician, Network and Server Administrator, Senior Data Supervisor, Asst. Data Manager and Data Manager.
PhD Candidate Amadou is based at MRCG@LSHTM as a full time PhD student studying the impact of poor musculoskeletal health on quality of life in older Gambian adults, embedded within Fractures-E3. He completed his MSc Epidemiology at LSHTM in 2021. Before his PhD, Amadou has worked as a lab technician with MRCG@LSHTM since 2009.
Assistant Nurse Co-ordinator Nyima is a BSC Nurse who is passionate about research. I have a keen interest in echocardiograph, musculoskeletal disorders, global and public health and nutrition.
Senior Orthopaedic Technician She is the only trained orthopaedic technician in The Gambia , currently working at EFSTH in providing Trauma/ Orthopaedic care for patients.
Field Co-ordinator/ Imaging
Senior Field Worker
Field Work Supervisor/Imaging
Senior Field Worker
Senior Field Worker/Imaging
Nurse Field Worker
WP5 Ethnographer Awa is a Scientific Officer (Social Science) with an interest in research and advocacy on health issues. She is currently the ethnographer for the Fracture –E3 study in the Gambia.