Current MPAC members
Professor Umberto D'Alessandro
Director, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia
Professor Umberto D'Alessandro (MD, MSc, PhD) has a long working experience in Africa, first as a clinician (Benin and Kenya) and later as a clinical epidemiologist (The Gambia). He has been involved in malaria research since 1990, when he carried out the evaluation of the Gambian national programme on insecticide-treated bednets.
In 1996, Professor D'Alessandro joined the Department of Parasitology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium where he headed the Epidemiology Unit until the end of 2010. There, he developed a research programme around 3 themes: antimalarial treatment, including drug resistance; malaria prevention; and the P. vivax in vitro cycle, implemented in several malaria endemic countries, such as Uganda, Burkina Faso, Benin, Vietnam, Peru, etc.
In 2011, Professor D'Alessandro joined the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia (MRCG) as Theme Leader of disease control and elimination. In January 2014, he was appointed Director of the MRCG. His research programme on malaria is built around questions related to malaria elimination/eradication.
Last updated: 17 February 2018