Dr. Awandare visits MRC, The Gambia Unit
Dr. Alfred Amambua-Ngwa (right) Dr Awandare (left)
Established in The Gambia in 1947, the Medical Research Council (MRC) is the UK’s single largest investment in medical research in a developing country. The Unit’s research focuses on infectious diseases of immediate concern to The Gambia and the continent of Africa, with the aim of reducing the burden of illness and death in the country and the developing world as a whole. The University of Ghana (UG) has established a major research collaboration with MRC, The Gambia Unit in the persons of Dr. Gordon Awandare (UG) and Dr. Alfred Amambua-Ngwa (MRC). On the 15th of May, 2015, Dr. Gordon Awandare paid a courtesy visit to the MRC to discuss on ways of improving research, training and strengthening the already existing ties between the two partners. Discussions with the director of MRC, Prof. Umberto D’Alessandro were centered on:
- ways to ensure that competent students are recruited to the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) through MRC.
- how to support student research and its translational impact on WACCBIP, MRC – The Gambia and the African continent.
- how to co-fund some student research.
Dr. Gordon Awandare also used the opportunity to tour the facility.