Professor Kuan-Pin Su won the Ta-You Wu Memorial Award

Date: September 23, 2010

Graduate Institute of Neural and Cognitive Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Associate Professor Kuan-Pin Su

Dr. Kuan-Pin Su is the Chief and Associate Professor of the Department of General Psychiatry and the Director of Mind-Body Interface Laboratory (MBI-Lab) of China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan. After graduation from Kaohsiung Medical College in 1995, he received his residency training at Taipei City Psychiatric Center and posted as the attending psychiatrist and lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry of Taipei Medical University (TMU) and TMU-Wan Fang Hospital from 1999 to 2002. In 2008, he received his PhD degree from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, where he has worked with Dr. Carmine M. Pariante on the mechanism of cytokine-induced depression.

Dr. Su loves to work with patients as a clinical psychiatrist and to explore clinical questions as a scientific researcher as well. Within the framework of a medical centre, he has been able to develop his own line of research in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology, on the role of immune and fatty acids in brain function and in mental disorders. Under the grants supported by the National Science Council (NSC) for the ten consecutive years, Dr. Su’s research team has been involved in a series of clinical and basic research on omega-3 fatty acids in neuropsychiatric disorders, and has earned its internationally renowned reputation through the past years. His integration of clinical significance with the investigation of basic science mechanisms has led to constant publications and invitations of reviewing articles in several high-impact journals. He has also been invited by late Dr. David Horrobin to write a chapter about omega-3 fatty acids in depression and psychosis in the 2nd edition of “Phospholipid Spectrum Disorder in Psychiatry and Neurology (Carnforth, Marius Press, 2003).” He has been awarded the Elite Program of Taiwan Merit Scholarships (TMS) from the Ministry of Education (2005 and 2006), the Professor Janssen’s Schizophrenia Research Award (Taiwan, 2006), Professor Wen-Ho Chang Award from the Taiwanese Society of Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology (2008), Professor Robert Kerwin International Award from the British Association for Psychopharmacology (UK, 2008), the NARSAD Young Investigator Award (USA, 2008-2010), New Investigator Award from the 9th International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL, 2010) and National Science Council Ta-You Wu Memorial Award (Taiwan, 2010).

Dr. Su’s research on roles of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammation in depressive disorders has provided major insights into the biological mechanisms of depression, and is now opening the excitement and innovation of therapeutic strategies. In the future, Dr. Su and his colleagues at the MBI-Lab will keep looking for the interface and remedy for body and mind.

(Chinese Version.)


Professor Kuan-Pin Su
The team memeber of Mind-Body Interface Laboratory (MBI-Lab)