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Our mission is to gain novel insights into the basic mechanisms linking diet and disease in order to develop more effective community and clinical interventions


gambia_foodbowlNutritional deficiencies in low income countries impair the growth and development of children, reduce their resistance to infections, and contribute to almost half of all child deaths worldwide. Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy and lactation harms the fetus and infant with both short- and long-term consequences for their health. Future generations are also affected. The MRC International Nutrition Group (ING) works to reduce this burden with a focus on the world’s poorest populations, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The MRC International Nutrition Group is based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and has a major research centre at MRC Keneba in The Gambia, West Africa. MRC Keneba is embedded within the MRC Unit, The Gambia  and works with its three themes on Child Survival, Vaccinology and Disease Control & Elimination.