TMU Podcast

Welcome to ‘Your Life, Your Way’ brought to you by Taipei Medical University! In this program, you will get to know the great stories of people from all over the world studying, researching, working and living in TMU. You will be able to find out more about your possible educational opportunities, research interests and career pathway. Come and join us!

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Episodes

Dr. David-Jon Lundy

0:16
Background and getting started at TMU
4:55
Comfort with mistakes and failure
7:59
Managing academic relationships
10:53
Mental resources, work-life balance
12:34
Choosing a professor, TMU mentors
16:16
What makes a good student great
18:12
Making a productive start
24:07
Advice for life in Taiwan

Tips for Students Starting Graduate School

Hailing from Washington, UK, Dr. David-Jon Lundy chose a career in biomedical science over becoming a doctor so he could stay closer to the “science” side of medicine. After graduating with a PhD and a 6000-mile journey to Taiwan, he applied his skills in a post-doc research position at Academia Sinica, where he spent the next four years working to regenerate heart tissue. Now Assistant Professor at TMU’s Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Dr. Lundy finds himself in closer contact with the “people” side of academia, where he spends much of his time helping Master’s and PhD students navigate the difficulties – and sometimes strangeness – of the world of academia. In this episode geared towards prospective graduate students, we hear Dr. Lundy’ thoughts on making the most of what makes a good student great, managing academic relationships, and the importance of embracing failure.

Austin Changou

TMU Core Facility Center

http://tmurd.tmu.edu.tw/en/CFC0/page52

0:17

Austin Changou, TMU Core Facility Center Director

2:22

The Core Facility Center and its role in education and research

7:37

TMU seven core facilities

14:39

Helping researchers through discussion – facing research failures

17:21

Core Facility staff and careers

19:26

TMU Core Facility services

21:09

Qualities of facility staff: patience, resourcefulness, consideration, kindness

The Crazy Scientist’s Tool Box

Modern medical researchers often require specialized services and equipment that are too costly or impractical for a single laboratory or department to provide. At TMU this need is addressed by the Core Facility Center, a centralized resource comprising seven separate research Cores with equipment and expertise in imaging, mass spectrometry, flow cyclometery, NMR imaging, natural compound isolation, bioinformatics, and single cell genomics. The TMU Core Facility Center is run by Director Austin Changou, who speaks with host Joseph Lin about how the Center acts as a kind of “crazy scientist’s toolbox”, whose expert staff not only provide training to student and faculty researchers in the use of over 40 precision instruments, but also bring patience, kindness, and consideration to the often stressful world of scientific research.

Dr. Niall Duncan

1:05

Dr. Duncan

3:24

Reproducibility and creating knowledge

5:55

Reproducibility and replicability

10:07

Positive or negative findings and changing social influence

19:05

Scientific discovery, publication, and integrity

23:07

Advice for postgrads

26:05

ReproducibiliTea

Doing it right: The Role of Reproducibility in Science

“Science” is often seen as a rigorous pursuit for truths about our world, with confirmation through replication of research at the core of the scientific method. Unfortunately, the ongoing replication crisis has led many young researchers to question whether science, as practiced today in universities around the world, prioritizes creating knowledge or simply getting published by any means necessary. Is replicability still a scientific value?

In this episode of Your Life Your Way, Dr. Niall Duncan discusses the role of replication in science, how imbalanced power relationships and perverse incentives can push researchers to – and past – the limits of academic integrity, and how grad students today can navigate the changing face of scientific research and communication.

Ting-Yi Zoe Wu

Student Counselling Center, TMU Office of Student Affairs

http://osa.tmu.edu.tw/front/Counseling/pages.php?ID=dG11X29zYSZDb3Vuc2VsaW5n

BSRS-5 self-assessment tool

https://health99.hpa.gov.tw/onlineQuiz/bsrs5

1:15

mental health services during the pandemic

5:06

mental health stressors faced by international students

9:25

recognizing and coping with stress

16:36

mental health support at TMU

19:11

recommendations for good mental health

22:58

final thoughts

Mental Health Awareness for International Students

Study away from home is often stressful for international students, and life during the current pandemic has exacerbated many of the stressors that affect students’ mental health. In this episode, Ting-Yi “Zoe” Wu, psychologist at TMU’s Student Counselling Center, case manager for international students, and former international student herself, discusses mental health awareness for students – common and covid-related stressors, assessing one’s state of mind, strategies for coping with stress, and mental health services available to students at TMU.

Dr. Eisner Salamanca

0:16
Introduction and background
4:45
The teaching, research, and practice triangle
6:01
Dr. Eisner’s research
7:35
Why Taiwan, why TMU?
11:23
Future plans, suggestions for students –

The Dentist-Scientist Career Pathway in Taiwan

He’d originally planned to return to his native Nicaragua, but after language classes, graduate study, and an assistant professorship at TMU’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Eisner Salamanca is still excited to be in Taiwan. In this episode, Dr. Salamanca covers the importance of early oral hygiene, Taiwan’s advantage connecting research, teaching, and practical experience, and his research developing bone graft materials made using pig tissue. After more than ten years in Taiwan and almost as long at TMU, Dr. Salamanca emphasizes the dual benefits of one of his lab’s rules: balancing work and leisure – to help students make the most of their Taiwan study experience and to work better by relaxing their brains.

Dr. Philip Tseng

Philip Tseng, Graduate Institute of Brain, Mind and Consciousness

https://tmu.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/philip-tseng

Dr. Tseng’s projects

http://gimbc.tmu.edu.tw/index.php?action=research&group=16&author=3&year=

Brain and Cognition Lab, Shuang Ho Hospital

http://medhuman1.tmu.edu.tw/philip/

0:35

Philip Tseng, Director, Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain and Consciousness

1:24

Working at Volkswagen – the psychology of drivers

4:07

The 10% myth

5:40

Social conformity and culture

7:03

Cognitive psychology – neurology spectrum

8:54

Transitioning from industry to academics

13:02

On detecting deception

22:59

Neuroscience in Taiwan and advice for students

26:24

Current GIMBC projects

Cognitive Neuroscience in Academia and Industry

For many, the title “psychologist” is synonymous with “mind reader”, though that’s not quite how cognitive neuroscience works according to Dr. Philip Tseng, Vice Dean and Director of TMU’s Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain and Consciousness. Dr. Tseng, a self-described member of a “weird group of neuroscientists, philosophers, engineers, and psychologists”, joins host Joseph Lin in this episode of TMU’s Your Life, Your Way podcast for a conversation that touches on topics as diverse as Dr. Tseng’s research, including commonly held ideas about psychology, differences between cognitive neuroscience careers tracks in Taiwan and abroad, transitioning from industry and academia, and the science of detecting lies.

Dr. Ted Chia-Kwung Fan

Department of Molecular Parasitology and Tropical Diseases, School of Medicine, TMU

http://parasitology.tmu.edu.tw/Fan%20CK-2.htm

Dr. Fan’s research

https://tmu.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/chia-kwung-fan/publications/

Dr. Fan on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/chiakwung.fan

0:30

“Professor Worm” Dr. Ted Chia-Kwung Fan and the Department of Molecular Parasitology and Tropical Diseases

6:18

“Neglected” tropical diseases and the role of the Department of Molecular Parasitology and Tropical Diseases

8:33

Neurocysticercosis – the pork tapeworm

10:00

NTD research Eswatini

12:36

Getting into parasitology: protozoans, sleeping sickness, and Out of Africa

17:06

TMU research work in Eswatini

25:30

Life in Africa

29:44

Sincerity and respect in international collaborations

Mobilizing Research to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Most educators would likely balk at the title “Professor Worm”, but for someone with Dr. Ted Chia-Kwung Fan’s experience in parasitology the nickname is considered a compliment. Dr. Fan has been delving into the molecular mechanisms of parasitic diseases for the greater part of two and a half decades, starting his career at Taipei Medical University’s Department of Parasitology in 1995, and spending months at a time for the past 13 years conducting field research in Africa. Now Director of TMU’s Department of Molecular Parasitology and Tropical Diseases, Dr. Fan oversees an international team of researchers working to understand and control “neglected” tropical diseases in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. In this episode of Your Life, Your Way, Dr. Fan discusses his passion for parasitology, working and living in Eswatini, and the value of sincerity for international collaborations.

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