Prof. Yuan-Hwa Chou

Prof. Yuan-Hwa Chou

Department of Psychiatry, Taichung Veterans General Hospital

Institute of Biophotonics
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Biographical Sketch

Professor Yuan-Hua Chou graduated from the National Defense Medical Center in Taiwan in 1988. After psychiatric residency training, in 1996 he joined the University of Toronto as a research fellow. In 1997, he was admitted to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm to pursue a doctoral degree, focusing on positron emission tomography studies on dopamine and serotonin receptors in the living brain. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2001 and returned to Taiwan.

During his 20-year academic and clinical career in Taiwan, he served as the section chief at Tri-Service General Hospital and Taipei Veterans General Hospital, respectively. He has published over 100 scientific articles, with his most notable research being on the serotonin transporters image in patients with bipolar disorder and the dopamine transporters in patients with suicide.

In addition to serving as the Secretary-General and Standing Committee member of the Taiwan Psychiatric Association and Secretary-General of the Asian Psychiatric Association, he served as the Chairman of the international congress of the World Psychiatric Association in 2015, as well as being a fellow of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum and the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry from 2014-2016. In 2023, he moved to Taichung Veterans General Hospital, where, with the strong support of Superintendent Shi-An Chen, Professor Chou established five significant centers in the Department of Psychiatry: the Human Brain Research Center, Virtual Mental Health Center, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Center, Eating Disorders Research Center, and Virtual Reality Research Center.