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[2012/03/09] Congratulations to Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang on being awarded the 2011 National Science Council's Outstanding Research Award.

Congratulations to Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang on being awarded the 2011 National Science Council's Outstanding Research Award.

[101/03/09]

Congratulations to Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang on being awarded the 2011 National Science Council's Outstanding Research Award.

The National Science Council (NSC) has just announced the winners of the 2011 NSC Outstanding Research Award. Winners included two of our faculty members, including Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang. Professor Wang is the only neurologist in Taiwan who has received formal training in headache medicine in the United States (US). After returning from US, he has focused on headache research. He also founded the Headache Clinic of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital to provide professional up-to-date service for headache patients. The Taiwan Veterans General Hospital-National Yang-Ming University (TVGH-NYMU) headache team, led by Professor Wang, has become a preeminent leader of headache diagnosis and research in Asia, and they have played a leading role worldwide in the following four fields of research/study:

(1) Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome: They have established the clinical and radiological causal relationship among thunderclap headache, cerebral vasoconstriction, and acute cerebral infarction. In addition, they developed a protocol to predict and follow up clinical outcomes based on cerebral blood vessel diameter and flow changes, all that is now part the current standard of treatment protocol.

(2) Pathophysiology of chronic migraine: They have demonstrated occipital cortical disinhibition in patients with chronic migraine using magnetoencephalography. The interictal activities in the occipital cortex of patients with chronic migraine are comparable to those in the ictal phase in patients with episodic migraine. They have also extended their study to patients with persistent visual aura without infarction in order to decipher the mechanisms of a migraine causal/outcome timeline.

(3) Adolescent chronic daily headache: The TVGH-NYMU headache team conducted two series of epidemiological studies on middle school headache students. The first was a nationwide study carried out in seven junior high schools, and the second was a cohort study carried out in Taitung, Taiwan. These pioneer studies provided invaluable data of adolescent chronic daily headache in young teens, and, in particular, an increased suicidal risk in such patients has drawn tremendous professional and public attention.

(4)Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH): Professor Wang's research team developed a non-invasive radiation-free imaging technique called Heavily T2-weighted MR Myelography to localize cerebral spinal fluid leaks in patients with SIH. The imaging technique was demonstrated to be comparable to the conventional gold standard, computed tomographic myelography, an invasive study, and has led to a paradigm shift in the approach to the diagnosis and treatment of SIH patients.

Professor Wang has given numerous lectures and seminars on headache medicine worldwide, and was the winner of 2011 Seymour Solomon Lecture Award of the American Headache Society. The remarkable achievements of the TVGH-NYMU headache team have greatly increased the visibility of Taiwan in the international headache societies. Congratulations to Professor Wang and his team.

Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang

Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang


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