ADVANCES IN MEDICAL RESEARCH: THE CASE OF CHINA MEDICAL UNIVERSITY BEIGANG HOSPITAL
China Medical University (CMU) was established in 1958 as the oldest medical university specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. In an effort to directly service the society, China Medical University Hospital was established in 1980. CMU Beigang Hospital (CMUBH) was established in 1983 as part of the expansion blueprint to provide medical services to rural communities in Taiwan and has become the key provider of medical care in Chiayi and Yunlin. Despite its compact size and remote location, CMUBH is a world leader in cutting-edge medical research, covering medical fields of cancer, drug design, stem cell, gynecology, new technology development, integrative medicine, physiology, and other topics of public health concerns. Notable advancements in cancer research, acute and chronic stroke therapy via stem cells, and integration of computer-aided drug design with traditional Chinese medicine are discussed in this article. We hope that our strive for research excellence will initiate a cycle of advancements that will ultimately benefit the general welfare of the human race.
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