The department of Tropical Medicine, transformed from department of Parasitology,
was established in 1975. The Master's program was established in 1994, after
which thirteen students are enrolled each year. The Doctoral program in turn
was established in 1998 and four students are enrolled each year. The Institute
of Tropical Medicine of the School of Medicinel is the only Institute of Tropical
Medicine in Taiwan. We have routinely trained basic good scientists and MD-Ph.
D.. With both Master's and Doctoral programs, our aim is to cultivate talented
educationists and researchers who are true professionals in modern tropical
medicine. We now have one emeritus professor, two professors, two associate
professors and one instructor, two adjunct professors and two adjunct associate
professors on the faculty. Our research focuses on sevral areas, such as nematodes,
trematodes, protozoa, dengue viruses and medical important insects, with emphasis
placed on both traditional and modern tropical medicine. Traditional tropical
medicine is led by Emeritus Professor Fan, Ping-Chin, with Instructor Wu, C.
C. as a member. They study the ecology, life-cycle, diagnosis, treatment and
other aspects of parasites. On the other hand, Professor Chen, Cheng-Chen, Professor
Cho, Wen-Long and Associate Professor Ho, Chau-Mei utilize techinques of molecular
biology and biochemistry to study vector immunity and phylogenetics. The research
done by this vector research group in this field is one of the most completitive
team domestically. Associate Professor Tsaihong, John C. specializes in diagnosis
of opportunistic infections. Furthermore, we have invited Emeritus Professor
Chen, Eng-Rin of Kaohsiung Medical University to teach parasite prevention in
the Doctoral program. Professor Shaio, Men-Fang of Hung-Kuang University specializes
in protozoa immunity and teaches the introduction to tropical medicine in the
doctoral program. In terms of clinical medicine education, we have invited Professor
Liu, Cheng Yi of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Taipei Veterans General
Hospital to teach clinical cases concerning treatment of parasite infestation.
We have also invited director Jiang, Hong of the Department of Clinical Diagnosis,
Taipei Veterans General Hospital to teach the clinical pathology of parasites.
Our main focus is on native and foreign parasite studies and we maintain close academic cooperation and exchange with universities and health institutions domestically and abroad. Furthermore, we have continuously been in the service of medical facilities all over the country, we have assisted in the diagnosis and research of clinical tropical diseases, and we have often held nation-wide seminars and education courses in the hopes of cultivating even more talented individuals who can independently accomplish and solve problems.
The principle of a balanced development between traditional and modern tropical medicine is the cornerstone of education and research of this Institute. Thus research continues on traditional topics of tropical medicine, such as the epidemiology, life-cycle, treatment, etc. of parasites or viruses; On the other hand, topics such as parasite molecular biology, parasite immunology, virus molecular biology and genomic/bioinformatic study of vectors are being established as new research priorities. In terms of education, special emphasis is put on helping students understand the knowledge surrounding human tropical medicine and on providing methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Aside from this, we pay even more attention to cultivating the students' independent research abilities, to broden their view on life sciences and to open up his or her international outlook.
We actively pursue researches. In addition to the established Master's program, the Doctoral program is our in the hopes of improving our research quality. Presently, we claim the first place nation-wide in the number of publications related to parasitology. Emeritus Professor Fan, Ping-Chin's research concerning tapeworms already enjoys the utmost prestige academically. Professor Chen has furthermore taken on the task of setting into motion a large-scale collaborated research investigating the mechanism of mosquito vector resistance against parasites. Meanwhile, he is already in collaboration with a large research center in America. In addition, the other teachers are also endeavoring to set up a few internationally renowned research projects.