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The division of neurology was originally belonging to the department of internal medicine in 1980 and was separated from the department of internal medicine in July 1991. We met the requirement for accreditation by Taiwan Neurological Society and became the training center for neurologists. Then, the department of neurology was established on 1st June 2000. We now have 17 attending physicians and 17 resident physicians.
The neurology ward is at the 11th floor of the Acute and Critical Care Medical Building including 47 beds in general wards, 2 beds in 24-hour electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring ward and 10 beds in neurosurgery intensive care unit. The neurologic examination rooms are located at the 2nd floor of the Second Medical Building and the 11th floor of the Acute and Critical Care Medical Building including EEG Room, Electrophysiology Studies (EPS) Room, Cerebrovascular Ultrasound Room, Mental Status Examination (MSE) Room and Autonomic nervous system (ANS) Testing Room.
The neuropsychiatry laboratory is located at the 8th floor of the Cancer Center Building and its purpose of research is the technique in stem cell transplant. The neurology research laboratory is located at the 11th floor of the Rehabilitation Building and its purposes of research are Parkinson's disease (PD) and the electrophysiological mechanism of movement disorders. In addition to the academic research, we also emphasize on the clinical application. We cooperate with the division of neurosurgery to treat PD by deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Moreover, We actively promote the integration of academic research and the international academic exchange. The extraordinary results include genetic testing in Parkinson's disease, the movement-related cortical potential (MRCP) in motor control of patients with movement disorders and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases and tinnitus.
Our research in movement disorders is always one of the few medical teams in Taiwan that meets international standards. In the future, the department of neurology will try to establish more subspecialties such as cerebrovascular diseases, epilepsy, movement disorders, neurocognitive disorders and neuromuscular disorders. We believe that we can make huge contributions to both clinical treatment and research in ageing population in Taiwan in the future.