Bright project holds day in Kiang

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A project operating under Medical Research Council Unit-The Gambia (MRCG) called Bright Project has held an open field day at their Kiang Keneba unit in the Lower River Region.

The daylong activity brought together parents from Kiang Keneba and its surrounding villages and researchers where they had discussions on various topics in relation to infant brain development.

The Bright Project is a multi-disciplinary study led by MRCG researchers and officials of their partner universities working to understand early brain development by studying a cohort and recruiting mothers and assessing them during pregnancy.

Madam Laura Kischkel from the Bright Project said the project recruited 200 infants in Kiang Keneba and 60 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She said mothers are recruited and assessed during pregnancy while infants are assessed at regular interval between birth and their 2nd birthday.

She said assessment includes functional brain imaging tasks, eye tracking, behaviors tasks, questioning, anthropometric measurements and biological samples to comprehensively measure infant development.

Also speaking, Tijan Federa said the activity could help influence mothers on the impact of indirect attitude living with their children. “It is also important at the time of antenatal care as mothers are sometime called here to the center to be given some counseling in a better language that they can understand. These are some of the issues that are part of complication during pregnancy,” she added.

Mahammed Y. Ceesay, a field worker said the project target infants from one month to 2 years to see how they growth in terms of brain development.
Author: Fatou Cham