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[2018/05/17]Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang receives MOST “Outstanding Research Award”

Faculty of Medicine. Professor S-J Wang


Professor Shuu-Jiun Wang’s devotion to the medical research in the areas of headaches has resulted in him receiving the MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) “2017 Outstanding Research Award”. This is the second time that Professor Wang has received this honor.


Professor Wang is currently the Chairman of the Faculty of Medicine at National Yang-Ming University. After completing in 1996 his fellowship program on headache medicine in the US, he returned to Taiwan and founded the Taipei Veterans General Hospital-National Yang-Ming University (TVGH-NYMU) Headache Medicine Team. The main focus of this team is the advancement of both clinical service and research of headache medicine. With more than 20 years of experience in this area of research, this team has had a strong influence in the field of headaches and Professor Wang over the last few years has received the MOST “2012 Outstanding Research Award”, the “2016 Giuseppe Nappi Cluster Headache Award”. As a classification committee member, he has also been involved in both the International Headache Society’s publication of the “International Classification of Headache Disorders 3rd edition (ICHD-3)” and the WHO’s (World Health Organization) future proposal of the part of the chronic pain of the “International Classification of Diseases 11th edition (ICD-11).” In 2017, Professor Wang was the Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 18thInternational Congress of the International Headache Society held in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to the above, he has served and continues to serve as an Associate Editor for three top international headache journals including “Cephalalgia”, “Headache”, and “Journal of Headache and Pain”.


When interviewed, Professor Wang remarked that his team focuses their research in terms a theme on both common and rare clinical cases, who presented with headaches. The main reason Professor Wang was awarded the MOST outstanding research award in 2017 was his outstanding publication record in well-known international journals over the last 5 years. The research areas have included spontaneous intracranial hypotension (low pressure headache), cluster headaches, and the breakthrough discoveries in the areas of reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome and chronic migraine. Cooperation between clinical research and basic research, as well as the use of innovative imaging technologies, has allowed there to be rapid breakthroughs in these areas of research.



  Professor Wang's team has published two recent papers on “low pressure headaches” in "Brain" where two

of their art works were selected as the cover story of the journal, one in 2015 (left) and one in 2017 (right)


On receiving this award, Professor Wang indicated that he was very honored to receive the approval of the judges at MOST and that receiving the “Outstanding Research Award” a second time proves that the research done by the TVGH-NYMU Headache Medicine Team has the highest level of support and approval. First of all, he wanted to thank and show his greatest respect to all of the patients that had participated in the team's research. He indicated that he believes that, “as a clinically oriented research team, patients are our center as well as our teacher; without their trust and cooperation our projects could not have been able to reach the heights they are at today.”Secondly, as the current Director of the Brain Research Center, NYMU and as the Director of the Neurological Institute at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, he thanked all he past and present members of his team. All of the team's successes had been achieved because of cooperation between team members and this especially included those from the Department of Neurology, the Department of Radiology, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Department of Nursing and the Brain Research Center, as well as the research partners at NTCU, Academia Sinica, and Tri-Service General Hospital.


Furthermore, he wished to state his appreciation for all the financial support provided by MOST, by the Ministry of Education, by National Yang-Ming University, by Taipei Veterans General Hospital, by Academia Sinica, and others. Without such support, the projects would not be able to be carried out. Lastly, he thanked his family because “They are always constantly supporting me and will always be my strongest support.”


Finally, Professor Wang remarked that this award will serve as an inspiration to all those young scientists who show a great interest in pursuing clinical research. Recently, because of many rapid innovations in the technology available to researchers, more and more scholars have become interested in developing new techniques and then applying them. Nevertheless, although the tools used for research are important, the purpose of research needs to go back to science itself and the value of that science. “I believe if we spend time observing, thinking in a clinically relevant way, trying to identify new problems, cooperating with others in the area of interest, planning projects carefully and finally executing the projects in a careful manner, fruitful results are never coincidental and by a chance, but rather they are a certainty.”