Mission Statement

The Ph.D. Program for Aging at China Medical University (CMU) was founded in 2010 through the cooperation of CMU and the National Health Research Institute (NHRI). The program integrates multiple fields in most advanced life sciences, such as molecular biology, nanotechnology, advanced microscopy and especially omic sciences to tackle the pressing issues and delineate the underlying mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases.


The main goal of this program is to train students to become elite physicians and scientists in the field of Gerontology and Geriatrics, with the ability to carry out independent research using cutting-edge technology. In addition, students graduated from our program are expected to value morality and humanity as well as to have international perspective.


This is the first Ph.D. program dedicated to research in geriatrics and gerontology in Taiwan. We are fortunate to have the most advanced equipment and a large faculty at our disposal. The faculty in the program is comprised of talented and distinguished scientists from both CMU and NHRI, all of whom are pioneers in their research. Students in the program can have two advisors: one from CMU, and one from NHRI. Any student whose major advisor is from NHRI and is performing research at NHRI can apply for an NHRI scholarship. To graduate, every student must complete 30 credit hours, with 18 credit hours in required courses (i.e. Molecular Cell Biology in Aging, Ph.D. Dissertation, etc.)


Combining the resources from both CMU and NHRI, our program is dedicated to:

  1. Providing the most advanced and constantly evolving PhD Program for Aging in Taiwan, that equips students with the necessary research and self-learning skills.
  2. Strengthening the intimate and effective bilateral cooperation between CMU and NHRI, thereby promoting the quality and competitiveness of aging research in Taiwan.