Professor Umberto d’Alessandro

Director: The MRC Unit The Gambia 

Professor D’Alessandro has substantial work experience in Africa, first as a clinician and later as a clinical epidemiologist. He has been involved in malaria research since 1990, when he carried out the evaluation of the Gambian National programme on insecticide-treated bed nets. He joined the Department of Parasitology at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium in 1996, where he set up and led the Epidemiology Unit in the Parasitology Department. There, he developed a research programme around three themes: antimalarial treatment, including drug resistance, malaria prevention, and the P. vivax in vitro cycle.