MRC Gambia host crick African network scientific symposium

Friday, February 23, 2018

Medical Research Council –MRC- Gambia has hosted the Crick African Network scientific symposium and workshop seminar at Coco Ocean hotel, last Tuesday. The event was organised by Crick African Network –CAN- an institution based in London, United Kingdom.

The symposium was organised to train young African scientists to prepare them to the next stage to become independent and to have their own research platform to move forward in building their capacities.

Participants were drawn from across West Africa including The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal and Benin.

Abdul K. Ceesay of MRC-The Gambia said Crick African Network is a unique partnership between the Francis Crick Institute of London and five partner institutions across the African continent that are world class leaders in scientific research, one of which is MRC-Gambia unit. He said other members of the Network are the University of Ghana, MRC-Uganda unit, Uganda Virus Research Institute, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

Mr. Ceesay said after the forum, 18 people will be selected within the five partner institutions to travel to London for year training on independent research.

Professor Umberto D’Alessandro, MRC –Gambia unit director said the forum will create network partnership and highlight some of the latest researches conducted at MRC-Gambia unit and the Crick.

“It will also provide an opportunity to introduce postdoctoral scientists to the fellowship opportunities open within the Network. The workshop will tackle the challenges of high-quality research study design and proposal development in the context of improving understanding and management of the major communicable and non-communicable diseases that beset Africa,” he said.

Professor Umberto expressed hope that these early career scientists will benefit from the training and connections they make at the workshop and faculty members will have the opportunity to interact with Africa’s next generation of scientific leaders.

Author: Fatou.B.Cham
Source: Picture:MRC –Gambia unit director Professor Umberto D’Alessandro