Taiwan Experience Education Program @ TMU

These research-oriented learning programs allow students to gain laboratory experience at Taipei Medical University.

1. Viruses and Experimental Medicine: Emerging Infections and Oncolytic Viro-Immunotherapy

Organizer: Dr. Liang-Tzung Lin

Students interested in virology and immunology can learn about research in emerging and re-emerging viral diseases as well as oncolytic viro-immunotherapy.

Emerging and re-emerging viral infections threaten public health worldwide. Understanding the pathogenesis and development of vaccines and antivirals is especially important for viral infections without effective or FDA-approved immunization or specific treatments. Students working on this project will explore pathogenic mechanisms of such viral diseases, examine the underlying interplay between host factors and infection, and further develop models for antiviral screening, vaccine development and additional public health-related applications.

Oncolytic viro-immunotherapy using viruses that preferentially target and kill cancer cells represents a novel therapy. Challenges include enhancing cancer cell-targeting specificity and increasing tumor-killing efficiency. Topics include the principles and development of oncolytic viro-immunotherapy as well as strategies to enhance its efficacy and the role of immune response.

Laboratory safety and experimental procedures will also be taught, including basic molecular cell biology and virology techniques, viral modeling, antiviral testing and oncolytic vector development/characterization. Data analysis and laboratory presentation skills will be discussed as well.

2. Sleep and Physical Activity in Older Adults

Organizer: Dr. Hsiao-Yean Chiu

As age-related physiological changes can profoundly affect sleep due to changes in sleep homeostasis, circadian pacemakers and endogenous melatonin secretion, about half of older adults experience sleep disturbances. Because declines in mobility and functional ability are common in advanced age, many older adults live sedentary lifestyles. Good sleep quality is an important contributor to physically active lifestyles among older adults. Students will learn underlying mechanisms of sleep changes, examine interactions between sleep and physical activity, and study additional health-related applications. They will also learn laboratory safety, secondary data analysis and presentation skills.

3. International exchange internship training program on geriatric nutrition

Organizer: Dr. Jane C-J Chao

According to Taiwan’s Interior Ministry, approximately 14% of the population was 65 or older by April 2018, making Taiwan an “aging society.” This program investigates the nation’s geriatric nutrition practices from multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives to learn what overseas professors and students in different professional fields can add to theory and practice. Taiwan students will study how to cooperate, to stimulate critical thinking, to use knowledge for problem-solving, and to extend their concern through participation in voluntary service.

Professors in different nutritional subfields will discuss basic nutrition, nutrition and aging, molecular nutrition, social aspects of nutrition and functional foods. Participants will visit a cancer center, a social club and aboriginal tribes for first-hand experiences.

  • Required documents for application

    1. Statement of purpose
    2. Resume or curriculum vitae

Term: 2-6 months (March-December)
Applications accepted: 2018/03/01-2018/12/01
Cost: While there is no program fee, participants are responsible for their travel and local living expenses.