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National Yang-Ming University
National Yang-Ming University
About Us

Goal

The primary goal of the Laboratory Animal Center (LAC) at National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) is to facilitate our faculty and students using laboratory animals in both teaching and research activities.  The main operations of the LAC include animal health monitoring, breeding, colony maintenance and supply. Our goal is to elevate the quality of biomedical education and of research activities at NYMU.

In the near future, our team will continuously improve the infrastructure of our animal housing areas, develop animal models for human diseases, establish the transgenic core facility, promote the maintenance and embryo preservation of a variety of transgenic rodent strains, etc.


Brief History

Due to the desperate needs for experimental animal use in biomedical research and education, Professor Hong-qian Ha at Department of Anatomy and Architect De-lin Chang evaluated many animal centers in the and then selected the laboratory animal center of Hershey Medical School in Pennsylvania as the base of the infrastructure planning of our center. Thus, the design of this 2-story fan-shaped building was initiated in 1979 and completed 3 years later. On June 11, 1984, the school applied to the Ministry of Education to include the LAC into Article 15 of the Memorandum of Organization of the Yang-Ming Medical College . The application was approved in July of the same year. In 1994, the Yang-Ming Medical College was promoted to “ National Yang-Ming University ”.

 

At the initial stage, the laboratory animal science remained in an emerging area in . In 1991, Dr. Kuen-Jeng Huang, an expert in laboratory animal science, was recruited to NYMU and established the foundation of the LAC. It took about 3 years to improve infrastructure and to facilitate the operation of the LAC. Subsequently, the continuous supports of the University and the efforts of all members in the LAC contributed to current efficient animal housing and production as a modern animal center.

To date (2011), the genetically modified (GE) rodent models have emerged as the essential components for understanding the roles of specific genes in vivo. In the past 10 years, faculty at NYMU have generated or collected a variety of transgenic mouse strains housing at the LAC. To fulfill the desperate needs in facilitating the research activities at NYMU, we will continuously provide high quality full-services, establish a transgenic core lab and promote the GE animal preservation in the near future.