研究所簡史

Introduction

Taipei Medical University’s Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness (TMU-GIMBC), to be formally established in August 2017, is designed so as to do the following:  (i) Integrate cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, and the science of consciousness with the pedagogy, research, and clinical practice of the three hospitals that compose the TMU network including, but by no means limited to, the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Anesthesiology.  (ii) Integrate 1st person, subjective methodologies with 3rd person, inter-subjective techniques in order to understand what patients experience and how these conscious experiences are realized in virtue of the brain’s activity, both neural correlates and neural predispositions.  (iii) Integrate psychometrics with a host of technologies that provide excellent temporal (e.g., EEG), spatial (e.g., MRI & fMRI), neuro-modulatory (e.g., TMS & tDCS), and biochemical (MRS & PET) data, in order to make substantive contributions to translational medicine.  (iv) It also collaborates with TMU’s several Colleges and hospitals, targeting issues in Translational Medicine, in order to expedite the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments. (v) In order to encompass all aspects of consciousness and cognition GIMBC integrates investigations into levels of consciousness (e.g., full attention, fatigued or distracted states, sleep, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome [UWS], mild traumatic brain injury [MTBI], and anesthesia) with investigations into the contents of consciousness (e.g., short-term and long-term memory, Major Depressive Disorder [MDD], Dementia, Schizophrenia, and Monothematic Delusions).  And, (vi) it integrates scientific research on moral behavior, in both healthy subjects (e.g., religion) and patient populations (e.g., dementia), with philosophical research in ethics, thereby positioning us to contribute to the burgeoning field of neuroethics, a nascent field that applies what we are learning from neuroscience to improved understanding of free will, moral and legal culpability, religious conviction, human values, as well as conditions under which the capacity for selfhood is lost.

Prospective Students

A.Medical Doctors, Doctors of Dental Medicine, Registered Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, other Medical Practitioners, and Medical School graduates or students, who harbor an interest in mind-brain research but who lack the essential skills, including:  experimental design, statistical analysis, setting parameters for imaging equipment, imaging data analysis, translational medicine, manuscript preparation, as well as knowledge of relevant theories of consciousness and cognition.  B.  Students with background in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or related disciplines, but who lack knowledge of, experience with, and exposure to translational medicine and various neurological, psychiatric, and other disorders of mind or consciousness.  C. Students with medical school, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or degrees in other related disciplines, but who lack research experience with EEG, fMRI, MRS, TMS, tDCS, PET, and other cognitive neuroscience investigative technologies.  D. Engineers, experts in computation or computer science, and physicists, who have an interest in the mind-brain but who lack training or experience in conducting mind-brain research in a clinical context with an emphasis on translational medicine.  E. Students who have a background in theory or conceptual analysis (e.g., philosophies of mind, cognition, consciousness, or science), but who lack experience with empirical, experimental, or clinical research.   F.  Students with an interest in the scientific study of consciousness, its levels and its contents, especially clinically-relevant investigations and translational medicine.  G. Students from Taiwan with a keen desire to study overseas, but who lack adequate foundation; to these students we will provide MA-Level training that will prepared them for Ph.D.-Level work at universities overseas.  H. International students from Asia who seek training in mind-brain research in a clinical context.  I. International students from North America, Europe, and Australasia, especially those who wish to participate in our ongoing large-scale research projects (as sponsored through our Brain and Consciousness Research Center), investigations that due to their multi-modal (EEG, TMS, fMRI, MRS, PET, etc.) nature are not commonplace in any country. 

Some Distinctive Characteristics

Our coursework is hands-on: beginning with their first semester, all students will be involved in research projects that are being conducted at Shuang Ho Hospital, including those sponsored by our Brain & Consciousness Research Center, as well as at the TMU main campus and at the two other hospitals (TMUH & Wan Fang) that jointly comprise the TMU network.

One among our principal foci is translational medicine: because we test basic research findings in clinical settings our graduates will be uniquely suited to promote research within their own hospitals or through the auspices of the National Health Research Institute, and other, similarly constituted agencies, both in Taiwan and internationally.

All of our students will learn how to design and run experiments that use at least one among the following:  EEG, TMS, tDCS, fMRI, MRS, or PET.

Because all students will be involved in research that is published in international journals, they will enjoy shared authorship on these publications, thereby enhancing their employment credentials.

Application Procedures

Our university has been accepting applications from international students, as of November 1, 2016.   

Interested students can apply online here: http://ioadmission.tmu.edu.tw/foreign/index/index/applyForeignSn/10

Other important dates to keep in mind are here:  http://io.tmu.edu.tw/1news2/news.php?Sn=170

Application details are here: http://io.tmu.edu.tw/download.php?filename=170_53b2a3a7.pdf&dir=news&title=Master+Programs

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Three things to keep in mind:

  1. Everything in GIMBC is taught in English: this includes lectures, seminars, and lab meetings.  No knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is required. 
  2. Although the PDF specifies Dr. Lin as the contact person, for detailed information, we recommend that you contact the Institute Secretary, Ms. Frannie Han ( frannie@tmu.edu.tw ), or the Dean of our College, Professor Timothy Lane ( timlane@tmu.edu.tw ). 
  3. Although the PDF specifies a resume (autobiography) and Statement of Purpose (research plan), actually we will just need a Personal Statement from you, describing who you are, your background, and your research interests and goals (what's bringing you here).  You need not supply us with a formal autobiography.  And you do not need a formal research proposal since your specific research area can be determined once you are here and actually working with a faculty member. 

Scholarships

Foreign students are eligible to apply for financial scholarships from 1) Taipei Medical University, and 2) Taiwan's governmental agencies, of which there are three:  the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

We encourage you to apply for the TMU scholarship PLUS at least one governmental scholarship, and then choose the scholarship that is most beneficial to you. 

  1. TMU Scholarship 

TMU international students (does not include Chinese or Taiwanese citizens) may apply for scholarships as soon as they are admitted to the Institute. Students of our institute are eligible for either Type B (tuition waiver plus a monthly allowance of NTD $12,000) or Type C (tuition waiver) scholarships. Students' previous academic performance, extra-curricular activities, work experience, financial situation and other achievements will all be considered for first year scholarship. Students will begin receiving their scholarships upon enrollment and official registration at TMU.

  1. Taiwan's Governmental Scholarships

Ministry of Education (MOE)

This scholarship is provided by Ministry of Education of Taiwan for international students (excluding students from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau) to pursue a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degree of their choice at any University in Taiwan.

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

This scholarship is provided by Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for international students to pursue a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degree of their choice at any University in Taiwan.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

This scholarship is provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan for international students (excluding students from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau) to pursue a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degree of their choice at any University in Taiwan.

To apply, you should contact your local Taiwanese embassy formally known as Taipei Economic and Cultural Office) in your country: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/portalOfDiplomaticMission_en.html

The embassy personnel will talk to you and help you decide which governmental scholarships (MOE, MOST, MOFA) you should apply for. They will also tell you the deadlines for these scholarship applications (the deadlines differ between different agencies, and between different countries; therefore, it is very important to talk to your local embassy first!). If you encounter any difficulties, please contact the GIMBC secretary, Ms. Frannie Han ( frannie@tmu.edu.tw ), or the Dean of our College, Professor Timothy Lane ( timlane@tmu.edu.tw ).