The Department of Medical Research at MacKay Memorial Hospital

MacKay Memorial Hospital (MMH) is one of the most well-established medical centers in Taiwan. In 1880, Canadian Dr. George Leslie Mackay began his medical missionary in Tamsui. Since then, the main goal of MMH has been to serve people in sickness in Formosa Taiwan. To improve the quality of medical care, the Department of Medical Research was established at MMH in 1987.

The Department of Medical Research has expanded from initially 9 laboratories in 1980s to currently 26 laboratories with specialized clinical interests. There are also core facilities, such as confocal microscopy, cardiac catheterization for large animals, and P2 cell culture facilities, that support basic and clinical medical research within the Department.  

The funding for research at MMH comes from the government, extramural foundations, as well as intramural sources. The research excellence of MMH includes the laboratories study cardiobiology, stem cells, mitochondria-related diseases, human genetics, pediatric hematologic oncology, transfusion medicine, translational medicine, and geriatric medicine. Since 2009, MMH also began official research collaboration with first-rate universities in Taiwan (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Tsing-Hwa University, National Chiao-Tung University, National Yang-Ming University, National Taipei University of Technology, and Chung-Yuan Christian University). These universities are strong in science and engineering. Research collaboration with them has been fruitful in developing useful medical technologies for disease prevention, diagnostics, and treatments. The research work may eventually benefit our patients. 

The Department of Medical Research at MMH functions in concert with resourceful clinical departments at the four hospital branches in Taipei, Tamsui, Hsin-Chu, and Tai-Tung. The Department also works closely with affiliated Mackay Medical College and Mackay Junior College of Medicine, Nursing, and Management, as well as with the above-mentioned collaborating universities. This unique position of the Department thus allows development of translational research and practical medical technologies, such as a healthcare e-platform for the elderly. The goal of the Department is to excel in biomedical research that could ultimately be beneficial to healthcare, resonating with Dr. Mackay’s best wish for helping and serving the patients.