Brain Research Center
Twenty-one century was called as "Century of Brain", because this is a ultimate frontier that bio-medical science has to break through. The Institute of Neuroscience was founded in 1980 as the first graduate institute at National Yang Ming University (NYMU). The Institute of Brain Science was later founded to broaden the scope and to build the research strength in systems and clinical neuroscience. In parallel, Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TPEVGH) established the Neurosurgery and Neurology Institute to conduct clinical neuroscience research and medical practice. This institute has the largest and most complete clinical database in Taiwan. Together, these three institutes form the core of the Brain Research Center (BRC) at NYMU, with strengths spanning most areas of neuroscience including developmental biology, neuroanatomy, genetic/molecular/ cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and clinical and translational neuroscience. Under the structure of University System of Taiwan (UST), NYMU-BRC became the core of the cross-disciplinary UST brain research team. The team integrates the basic, medical, and genomic research of NYMU with clinical research of TPEVGH, informatics and neural engineering of National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU), and cognitive neuroscience of National Central University (NCU).
We have thus far accomplished outstanding achievements including the discovery of several novel genes and their functions in neural development, generation of animal disease models, deciphering the pathogenesis of neuronal degeneration and function of neural circuitry. In addition, our teams are leaders in cognition and behaviour, functional and structural brain imaging, and headache research and have received the highest appraisal from the media and the academic society. Although NYMU BRC is a recognized leader in Taiwan with sufficient breadth of expertise to cover all disciplines in neuroscience, the infusion of research budget to individual subgroups is still relatively low compared to other internationally well-known BRCs. In the future, we will continue to create innovative topics in brain research by incorporating neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science and clinical neuroscience. Our team comprises of Neural Development and Neurodegeneration Research Group, Brain Disorders Research Group, Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group, and Core Facilities and Biomedical Technologies Research Group.
Hyperlinks : Brain Research Center (http://bml.ym.edu.tw/~brc/eg/egindex.htm)