Medical Research Council Unit- The
Gambia recently observed its 2019 annual festival at the Unit’s campus in
Fajara. The fest is an annual event that aims to create a community across the
MRC and to share and celebrate the remarkably contribution in the field of
medical research to the health, economy and society.
Director Professor D’ Alanssan Umberto explained that the event also seeks to support all MRC researchers, students, technicians and professional support staff to deliver high-quality public engagement activities at the health research-institution throughout the year.
The festival, he added, also provides an opportunity for the Unit to engage with the public, especially partner communities about their work and its impact on health and wellbeing.
Professor Umberto indicated that this year, they hosted an activity on women in science marketplace designed to showcase the work of their female scientists and celebrate their achievements.
“The marketplace also aims to facilitate exchange of ideas and promote discussions on the role of women in science and the contribution of female scientists in the Unit.”
He said the MRC Unit The Gambia is one of the largest scientific research centres in Sub-Saharan Africa, and for more than 70 years, they have developed and maintained international reputation for ground-breaking research into some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the tropics.
“Our overall goal is to improve the health of people in developing countries by aiming for excellence in research, healthcare and training.”
Professor Umberto said their research program spans from basic scientific research (immunology, microbiology, virology and molecular biology) to clinical studies, large epidemiological studies and intervention trials, and translational research.
“The field and laboratory-based work draws on excellent research and clinical facilities and attracts international funding.”