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Academician Chien-Jen Chen's Personal Profiles
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Dr. Chien-Jen Chen graduated from the National Taiwan University with a B.Sc. in zoology and a M.S. in public health. After obtaining a Sc.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1982, he returned to National Taiwan University College of Medicine as an instructor and then a professor in 1986. Dr. Chen has been appointed as the Director of Graduate Institute of Public Health (1993-1994), Director of Graduate Institute of Epidemiology (1994-1997), and Dean of College of Public Health (1999-2002) in the National Taiwan University. In addition to his outstanding research contributions and numerous awards and honors to be mentioned below, he also received an Outstanding Teaching Award (1992) from the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Chen has also served in several government positions including the Director General of Division of Life Sciences, National Science Council (1997-1999), Deputy Minister of National Science Council (2002-2003), Minister of Department of Health (2003-2005), and Minister of National Science Council (2006-2008). After his successful leadership to control the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003, he has made fundamental reforms of the organization of Department of Health and Center for Disease Control, the Medical Care System for Infectious Diseases and the Act of Infectious Disease Control in Taiwan. In addition to his significant leadership to promote science and technology in Taiwan, he has successfully made the reform of National Science Council and the acceleration of international collaboration. He has won widespread praise as a successful academic administrator and government leader. He received the Health Medal from Department of Health (2005) and the Achievement Medal (2005) from Executive Yuan in Taiwan, as well as the Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (2009) from the Ministry of Education in France.

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