LAC has four divisions: Breeding Division, Small Animal Holding Division, Large Animal Holding Division and Research Division. In addition to providing laboratory animals and holding of the animals, LAC also provides information on breeding and rearing various type of laboratory animals, develops animal models of special genetic background, establishes computerized database for laboratory animal science and assists in various experiments, disease diagnosis, health monitoring, and euthanasia services. Symposium and classes on Animal Research Science are offered to colleagues and graduate students on campus regularly.
With financial support provided by the United States, an animal laboratory was established at the NTU College of Medicine (NTUCM) in August of 1962. The primary function of the lab was to provide dogs, cats, and other small-size laboratory animals for research at the Medical College. In 1981, the Ministry of Education formally approved the facility as an official center for the NTUCM, and the facility was named Animal Resource Center. In March 1990, the center received approval from the Ministry of Education to restructure as the Laboratory Animal Center.
Animal management and use of the NTUCM LAC is held each semester form 2002.
Director/ Associate Professor
Focus on the nanotoxicogenomics, novel target therapy for anti-cancer, and reproductive medicine, Dr. Chen’s research emphasizes the use of genomic approaches in the study of toxicity and applications of new nanomaterials; the study of novel compounds in anti-cancer metastasis; the genetic/epigenetic regulating mechanisms in cancer stem cells and pre-implantation embryo development.
In the present Biomedical era, animal centers are no longer just places of reproduction and substitutive feeding for experimental animals. This center is to be converted into a research and development center, for instance by initiating collaborative researches with partner groups and recruiting expert animal researchers. For example, the center is recruiting researchers in constructing disease model animals, searching for the model animals that carry the disease most similar to human diseases, building the gene transferred disease model animals, as well as researchers capable of conducting the pathological and immune histopathological identification and explanation. In addition, the center provides space and equipment to experts to engage in biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Through this reforming and improving, the center can reach the goal of becoming a world standard animal laboratory and a special gene model laboratory center.
The large animal holding division of the Laboratory Animal Center has moved to newly constructed NTUH Conference Hall and Reasearch Building on September 6 in 2006. This division is located on 8th flour of this building, provide two large animal surgery rooms, one endoscope and one cardiovascular catheterization room. Besides,an anatomy room for medical teaching is provided.