HISTORY

Established in 1991, the Institute of Traditional Medicine is the only institute devoted to the teaching and research of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) among national universities in Taiwan, R.O.C. Our main functions include: (1) training of teachers and researchers in TCM (2) integration of TCM with modern medicine (3) improving the quality of TCM research. Both ¡§Master of Science¡¨ (M.Sc.) and ¡§Doctor of Philosophy¡¨ (Ph.D.) programs are provided in this institute.

Research activities in this institute are based upon a multidisciplinary principle. Through cooperation with faculty members in other departments in our university and clinical researchers at Taipei-Veterans General Hospital, innovative approach to TCM research is fostered. Research training is available in subjects including the theory and practice of acupuncture, biophysical property of meridians and acupuncture points, purification and identification of active components from Chinese medicinal herbs, therapeutic effects of herbs on liver cirrhosis or regeneration, and genomic approaches to TCM effects, cardiovascular effect of TCM and effects of medicinal herbs on sperm motility, lipid peroxidation, virus and cancer cells, heart rate variability and pulse wave analysis. Extramural research grants come from National Science Council, Department of Health, National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine and private foundations.

This institute moved to a new building in June 1994. New office, classrooms, conference rooms and laboratories with a floor space of around 6000 square feet (500 square meters) are now available to the faculty members and the students.

About Us
The Institute of Traditional Medicine is the first and only institute for traditional medicine amongst all the national medical colleges in Taiwan and specializes in education and research on traditional medicine (Chinese Medicine). We introduced a Master's program in August 1991 and a Doctoral program in 1998. Professor Julia J. Tsuei was the institute's first director. Professor Chuang-Ye Hong became the second director in August 1992 and Professor Yi-Tsau Huang the third director in January 1997. Since July 2003, Professor Jen-Hwey Chiu has served as the institute's fourth director. Since August 2009, Professor Tung-Hu Tsai has served as the institute's fifth director.

Founding Aims
1.
To promote Chinese culture, to break through the bottlenecks in modern medicine, and to cultivate research talent and teachers.
2.To follow the trend of global medicine and serve the health of mankind through studying how to combine traditional medicine with modern medicine.
3.
To standardize, systematize and modernize the diagnostics of traditional medicine by studying and collating traditional pharmacology.

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