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The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambiaat the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has an international reputation for ground-breaking research into some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the tropics. Achievements include a large trial showing the efficacy of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine in The Gambia and the subsequent near elimination of the disease, pioneering work on the impact of insecticide treated bed nets as a preventive measure against malaria leading up to their worldwide use, and studies demonstrating the impact of conjugate pneumococcal vaccines on pneumonia and child mortality. This Unit has also undertaken alarge number of clinical vaccine trials many of which have had a direct impact on vaccine schedules globally.
To reflect changes in national and global health priorities a new research portfolio has been organized under three themes: Vaccines and Immunity, Nutrition and Disease Control & Elimination. Research in these themes seeks to target health needs of people in West and sub-Saharan Africa, to reinforce sub-regional and international collaborations and to address some of the major current priorities formulated in the WHO Sustainable Development Goals.
The Unit has world-class facilities for undertaking field, clinical and laboratory research. A diverse range of clinical trials and other field and laboratory research are currently being undertaken at the Unit. Within the Vaccines and Immunity Theme we are currently undertaking a significant number of clinical vaccine trials including early phase (1/2) trials as well as phase 3 licensure and phase 4 post licensure studies. All trials are conducted according to ICH-GCP aiming to attain the highest international standards.
We currently have several ongoing maternal vaccination studies as well as licensure trials for new vaccines and various trials aiming to optimise vaccination schedules. Clinical trials in addition provide medical care for study participants, usually at the trial sites located within or close to the premises of a government health facility, or at the Clinical Services Department (CSD) in Fajara. Provision of said care requires maintenance of a pharmacy within the trial sites that is stocked to address the common illnesses expected within the trial population demographic, as well as anticipated emergencies.
The post-holder will be based at the MRCGat LSHTM Fajara although may be required to work in other parts of The Gambia.
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