Department of Physiology, School of Medicine was founded since 1960 when Taipei Medical University (TMU) was first established. The Department was chaired by Prof. Tsong-Huan Kuo in 1960, Prof. Jing-Yi Wu in 1964, Prof. Cheng Chang in 1967, Prof. Hong-Rong Liu in 1970 and 1983, Prof. Chung-Jen Huang in 1980, Prof. Li-Hsueh Tsai in 1990, Prof. Wen-Sen Lee in 1998,
Prof. Yi-Hsuan Lee in 2005 , and Prof.Jia-Yi Wang
in 2010 , From 2018, Prof. Heng-Ling is now served as the department chairman. In 1999, the Biology and Physics sections, which was belonged to the Department of General Sciences, were merged to the Physiology. Since then, the Physiology Department carried the mission of teaching General Biology, General Physics, and Medical Physiology at Taipei Medical University.
II、Goal of Medical Education
Our goals of medical education for medical students include logic thinking, problem solving, innovation, life-long learning, and professional expertise in medical physiology. We also design curricula to educate medical students to have empathy to patients, which serves as the philosophical basis to motivate students learning medical physiology as their essential knowledge to save people. We also educate medical students to have global view of the new frontiers in the research development of medical physiology for health care and clinical applications.
III、Introduction of Faculty
The Department of Physiology has recruited five new faculty members major in neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, and biomechanics to meet the needs of teaching medical as well as paramedical students. We also encourage faculty members to participate workshops and symposia on medical education to improve teaching skill. On August 30, 2009, the Department of Physiology has 10 full-time faculty, including 4 professors, 2 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, and 1 instructors; 7 part-time faculty, including 4 professors, 1 associate professors, 1 assistant professors.
IV、Distinctive Features of Research
The main research interests of the Physiology Department are cell physiology and neuroscience. Research topics of all faculty members are aiming to unravel molecular and cellular mechanisms of pathophysiology as well as therapeutic approaches for diseases in various organ systems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer progression, airway hypersensitivity, traumatic brain injury, and stroke, etc. The Department members have been conducting numerous government-funded research grants, including two program projects sponsored by National Science Council and National Genomic Medicine Program with productive research publication.
1.Teaching Excellence in Medical Education: The Department of Physiology carries the mission to educate medical students to become a medical doctor with sense and sensibility, human caring, and professional knowledge as well as attitude to pursue their career in clinical medicine. We have kept devoting effort to modify the teaching strategy to accommodate the changes of medical education system as well as the new generation of medical students. The ultimate goal is to establish a more cohesive transition from basic science to clinical science curricula, and promote the innovative teaching strategy to other university to establish major credential of our department in the physiology education in Taiwan.
2.Promote Research Excellence: Most of the department faculty members are currently collaborating with major research institute such as academia sinica and national health research institute (NHRI). We are now establishing international collaboration with major medical center overseas as well as participating in the organization of international symposium to promote the international credential of our department in the biomedical research. The ultimate goal is to establish our department and University as the internationally renown institute in cell physiology and neuroscience research.