A 5-member senators delegation led by Mississippi State Senate Senator Joey Fillingane from the U.S. Southern States Legislature visited NHRI on September 19th, 2017 at the invitation of Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The purpose of the visit was to enhance bilateral understandings of biomedical research between Taiwan and the United States, and explore future collaboration opportunities.
Dr. Shih-Feng Tsai, Director of the Department of Research Planning and Development welcomed the delegation with an overview of the organization, briefing the group on the role of NHRI as a mission-oriented evidence based research organization as well as serving as a think tank to provide timely health policy recommendations to the government. NHRI houses around 1,500 researchers with well-equipped advanced research core facilities, and a cGMP biological pilot plant for vaccine production. Dr. Tsai also presented some of the organization’s research highlights in the areas of population health science, toxicology, novel drug R&D and vaccine production etc. to the group.
The delegation was impressed by the achievements and participated actively to exchange their views on public health and future trends with NHRI representatives in the Q &A session.
Representatives from NHRI also included Dr. Pinpin Lin, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Dr. Hsiu-Jung Lo, Deputy Director of National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Dr. Hsing-Yi Chang of the Institute of Population Health Sciences, Dr. Su-Fang Lin of the National Institute of Cancer Research, Dr. Su-Chih Chang, Chief of Office of Cultivation and Mr. Brian Kuo.