The 21st Century is now regarded as the "brain century." The major feature of neurology research is that it covers all the territories of human knowledge, ranging across the molecular genetic regulation of neurons, the signal transmission mechanism of the nerve network, the 3-D hyper-structure and functions of simulated brains, to mental aspects, such as cognition, memory, creation, and the logic that can be created thereof. For such a broad discipline, there is a requirement that there is an integration of collaboration from many disciplines including biomedicine, mathematics, information science, physics, chemistry, photonics, recognition and humanity. This will be needed in order to fully unveil the brain's mystery.
Since its establishment in 1980, our graduate school for neurology has been cultivating neurology expertise in Taiwan and establishing essential tools for the research on brain structure and function, such as genomes, brain images, and background knowledge in information and cognitive science. Based on our solid background in medical science, we have collaborated with the Taipei Veterans General Hospital on a long-term basis. Through our joint efforts, we have made many important discoveries in neurology at an international level. Our Program for Promoting Academic Excellence of Universities, implemented in collaboration with Taipei Veterans General Hospital was named the "Human Brain Project: from Genes to Cognition" and has laid down a solid foundation and accomplished considerable achievements in neurology on the NYMU-VGH Campus.
In addition, the NYMU-VGH Campus is conducting a cross-university collaboration program "Research and Applications of Human Brain's Information" with National Chiao Tung University. Through mutual cooperation, we have integrated Chiao Tung's expertise in engineering technology and information science, and Yang Ming's accomplishments in brain research, brain image, neurology and psychiatry. This has allowed us to make significant steps forward in the areas of dynamic analysis of the nerve system, systematic analysis of the central nerve system, the brain wave driver system and mental carrier simulation/examination.
The neurology research team of NYMU-VGH has also begun to collaborate with the researchers in neuroscience at the National Central University to begin a "Brain and Language" project. From the neurolinguistics perspective, we plan to study the aphasia in relationship to brain neural structure among Chinese persons as a result of brain injury and of reading imparity due to developmental dyslexia. Through comparative trans-linguistic research, we have not only made contributions to studies of brain neural structural that are responsible for language processing, but have also proposed that there are a physical differences in the processing of messages in the different language systems. Moreover, Yang-Ming is also conducting a project with the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica. This research will help to establish a foundation for basic research in neurology, laying the groundwork for related clinical training and applications.
The overall goals of the neurology at Yang Ming include the promotion of cognitive neuroscience and high-tech brain research, the establishment of a center for interdisciplinary research in neurology and medical science at an international level, improvements in the standard of research in pathology and clinical assessment and the treatment of neurological/psychotic disorders, the integration into neurology of biomedical photonics with nanotechnology, and the promotion of the development of neuro-engineering and biomedical technology in Taiwan.