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About Us

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History and Overview

 History and Overview

The Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) at Taipei Medical University was authenticated by Ministry of Education in 1995 and established in 1996. GIMS was found by merging five previous Graduate Institutes including Basic Medical Science (with master and PhD programs), Cellular and Molecular Biology (with master and PhD programs), Medical Laboratory and Biotechnology (with master program and offering in-service refresher courses), Pharmacology (offering master degree) and Neuron Science (PhD program only). Under supervision and guiding of the former chairperson, Dr. Lin, Chien-Huangand the current chairperson, Dr. Lee, Wen-Sen, this recreated GIMS makes steadily progress in various aspects including teaching, research and community service. This accomplishment is attributed to an adequate integration of outstanding faculties and scientists, rich teaching experience and abundant research resources/equipments from each original program. We expect this energetic GIMS will grow stronger and can compete with other elite research institutes or programs in Taiwan today.
  Currently, GIMS offers master and doctoral program as well as  in-service refresher courses in five subprograms with specialization of (1) microbiology and immunology, (2) molecular pharmacology, (3) cellular and molecular biology and (4) cellular physiology and neuroscience. In PhD program, students are not required to specify any one of subprograms; however, students who are pursuing master degree are obligated to specify and register into one of these subprograms.
 
A.        Development Strategy
1.          Integration of research resources
2.          Development of research characteristics
3.          The pursuit of academic excellence
4.          Enthusiasm in international perspective

B.         Direction and focus of development

1.          Research-oriented teaching and learning
GIMS is research-oriented institute and emphasizes the importance of graduate students with rational and logical consideration and planning to solve the questions appeared in experimental studies or research during graduate training. To strengthen students’ fundamental professional knowledge and skills in biomedical science, GIMS offers several core courses related to biomedical research for students, such as cellular biology, molecular biology, applied statics, experimental designing, seminar in special topic and a coach course in improving scientific article writing. Beside these required core courses, each subprogram will also provide students several elective courses with characteristic professional topics associated with one of five subprograms’ specializations.  Under these well-planned courses and training, students will achieve more precise professional knowledge and advanced experimental skills.

2.          Disease-oriented basic research
GIMS is inclining to concentrate on the basic medical research related to medical issues and diseases. In GIMS, scientists use advanced equipments, technique and tools to decipher the causes of diseases, to dissecting the cellular and molecular mechanisms of diseases, to explore the potential genetic causes of - or correlation to- diseases and to decode the mysterious of regulation/modulation of diseases as well as those disease-causing proteins involved in cellular signaling pathway with tissues. Our goal, however, is to develop or provide better preventions to diseases and treatments for patients. Our current primary research fields as following:
I.           Identification of the pathogeneses of cerebrovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases
II.        Understanding of cancer pathogenesis and development of  anticancer drugs
III.     Deciphering the genetic regulation and intracellular signal transduction of infectious diseases.
IV.     Studies of the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and development of therapeutic agents or drugs.
V.        Disclosures of the pathogenesis of reproductive organs related diseases.
VI.     Development of molecular diagnostic methods and probes
VII.  Investigations on genomics and proteogenomics.

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