Scientific support

MRC The Gambia Scientific support

Learn about the scientific support available at MRC Unit The Gambia. Read about our research platforms and clinical cohorts, our Research Training and Career Development programme, and our SCC and Ethics procedure. Find out more about our research and laboratory services, and download learning resources and laboratory request forms.

Research platforms and clinical cohorts

Read about MRC Unit The Gambia's different research platforms and clinical cohorts, including Health Demographic and Surveillance Systems, the West Africa Collaboration, the Tuberculosis Case Contact and Clinical Research.

Research Training and Career Development

The Research Training and Career Development department engages in regional and international collaboration to support training and research career path for MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM staff and young scientists from international collaborating institutions. The strategic direction of such training and career development program for staff has been strengthened and aligned to the research requirements of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM with the aim to build the needed human capital for advancement of scientific health research in The Gambia and the sub-region.

Research services

Learn about research services at MRC Unit The Gambia, including Research Governance and Support Services, and Laboratory Services.

SCC and ethics procedure

The purpose of the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SCC) is to determine the scientific value, feasibility and methodology of proposed research projects and of on-going studies according to its terms of reference (TOR). It also assesses whether it aligns to MRCG at LSHTM's research priorities and objectives. The committee consists of scientists and heads of research related departments – Gambia Government representative is being invited to these meetings. The SCC is chaired by the Unit Director/ Disease control and elimination theme leader, Professor Umberto d'Alessandro.


Laboratory Management at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM values its relationship with colleagues across the country. Please visit this section to find the laboratory manual and laboratory request forms, which can be completed and forwarded to laboratory management.