Vice President, Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), Taiwan
Professor Yi-Ming Arthur Chen currently serves as the vice president of Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU). He is also a distinguished professor of Institute of Medical Research of KMU. Professor Chen received his M.D. from National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) in 1982, M.S. from Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Immunology of NYMU in 1984. He went to Boston to study at Harvard School of Public Health after he finished his military service in 1986. It took less than 4 years for him to finish his Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) program under the mentorship of Professor Max Essex at the Department of Cancer Biology. Then, he went to National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland to receive his post-doctoral training in the Dr. Takes Papas’ Lab of Molecular Oncology.
In 1992, Dr. Chen came back to Taiwan and got a joined appointment from Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica and Department of Public Health of NYMU. Since then, he has served different administrative positions for NYMU including Chairman of Department of Public Health (1994-97; 2000-2005), Dean of International Affairs (2007-10), Director of International Health Program (2008-10), Dean of R & D and Director of General Research Center (2010-11). In early 2013 Dr. Chen moved his whole lab to KMU and established Center for Infectious Disease and Cancer Research (CICAR).
Dr. Chen devotes himself in the global health, especially in the prevention and treatment program for HIV/AIDS and cancer. He participated in many international and domestic non-governmental organizations including APCASO (Asia Pacific AIDS Services Organization), TREAT Asia and Taiwan Society of Preventive Medicine. He is also the founder and chairman of Taiwan Harm Reduction Association.