London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. LSHTM has an international presence and collaborative ethos, and is uniquely placed to help shape health policy and translate research findings into tangible impact.
Since February 2018, the MRC Unit in The Gambia is part of the LSHTM and the PERISCOPE PI, Prof Kampmann works across the two institutions, directing The Vaccine Centre at the LSHTM and leading the Vaccines & Immunity Research at the MRC Unit in The Gambia, West Africa.
Within the PERISCOPE project the MRC’s main tasks will be:
- To conduct a randomised controlled clinical trial of immunising pregnant women with acellular pertussis vaccine – the Gambia Pertussis Study (GaPs)
- To vaccinated infants born to the above cohort of mothers with either acellular or whole cell pertussis vaccine as part of GaPs
- To assess the immune responses induced applying state of the art systems vaccinology tools
- To compare the results of the trial in West Africa with the results of the clinical trials in infants in Europe
- To contribute samples and data to the overall Periscope aims and objectives in partnership