The department of neurology actively promotes the integration of academic research and the international academic exchange including various basic and clinical researches.
The neurology research laboratory was awarded the "International Spot Light" Laboratory by World Sleep Society in 2004.
acute management of patients with stroke and the stem-cell therapy
The department of neurology and the departments concerned established the stroke center which actively implements the” intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute ischemic stroke beyond 3-Hours” and “rt-PA for acute stroke beyond 6-hours”. Moreover, we were awarded the silver award of Symbol of national Quality in the category of medical institutions in 2009.
The diagnoses and treatments of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders
The department of neurology cooperates with the division of neurosurgery to treat PD by deep brain stimulation (DBS) and has accomplished more than 60 cases.
Although the DBS surgery can improve motor symptoms, it cannot stop brain degeneration. Therefore, we actively study reconstructive surgery including gene therapy, nerve growth factor injection and stem cell transplant. The results of the researches are positive and affirmative, but further clinical trials are needed to assure practical applications.
basic research of stem cells
The department of neurology, cooperating with the neuropsychiatry Ccenter participates in the researches of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases.
Electrophysiological recording and brain function research
Cooperating with Prof. Ulf Ziemann from division of neurology of Goethe University Frankfurt, we studied the influence of magnetic stimulation on brain plasticity and have four papers published.
We also cooperated with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in the UK to record the signal of the sub-thalamic nucleus in deep brain stimulation surgery and have four papers published.
The paper published by our movement disorders team and the team led by Prof. You-Yin Chen from NCTU was awarded the best paper award by Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering in 2009.
We actively conducted different clinical trials involving drugs, vaccines and stem cells. There have been many substantial achievements in recent years
- Treating the impairment in automatic movements by Botulinum Toxin (Botox).
- Undergoing early researches following global trends.
- Treating Alzheimer's disease by vaccines
- Treating acute ischemic stroke by vampire bat saliva
- Treating early Parkinson's disease by long acting dopamine agonist.
- Undergoing pilot studies with the division of psychiatry
- Treating depression in Parkinson's disease by fish oil
- Treating Parkinson's disease dementia by sarcosine