Taiwan to establish world’s best brain research center

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The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), National Health Research Institutes and National Taiwan University (NTU) signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) R&D and image service platform.

The platform will be set up at Hsinchu City-based Biomedical Science Park to promote high-level MRI use in such fields as basic biomedicine, animal modeling, preclinical research and translational medicine.

“Taiwan already has a wealth of talent and experience in basic and clinical MRI R&D, but the two fields are insufficiently integrated,” said NARL President Lo Ching-hua. “This agreement will provide domestic industry, academia, research institutes, and medical service providers with the necessary MRI R&D services to enhance the nation’s biomedical research capacity and promote clinical applications development.

“At the same time, the platform will improve the development of high-end MRI system R&D skills and establish autonomous software and hardware design and manufacturing capability. It will also serve to cultivate experience in product development, certification, management and manufacturing,” he added.

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Lo said the new platform is expected to drive establishment of a domestic up, mid and downstream MRI production chain, turning Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park into Asia’s biomedical imaging R&D and applications hub.

“The vision of this tripartite cooperation is to make Taiwan home to the world’s most advanced integrated brain imaging platform,” NTU President Yang Pan-chyr said.

“The aim is to make the nation a world-leader in brain research and clinical applications, leading to development of new technology for the early diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

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