Ru-Band Lu

Professor Ru-Band Lu graduated from National Defense Medical Center (NDMC) in 1972, following that he completed his resident training, as well as being a lecturer of NDMC in 1980. He gained a clinical fellowship of psyphamachology in Baylor Medical College, Huston, Texas, USA between 1981 and 1982, and he became a clinical psychopharmacologist in the USA. He became a professor of Psychiatry at NDMC in 1989. From 1992 to 1993, he was a visiting research scientist in Human Genetics at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. From 2003 to 2009, he was the director of the Institute of Behavioral Medicine and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. Now he is a distinguished professor in university. Dr. Lu was the President of the Taiwanese Psychiatry Association from 2003 to 2005. He received an Academic Achievement Award, Taiwanese Society of Psychiatry in 2007 and K.T. Lee Science and Humane Award – Gold Medal in 2011. He works in re-classification of major mental illness, finds the new mechanism of drugs and develops new models to treat several major mental disorders. He has published more than one 150 research articles in the last ten years.

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Over the last fifty years, many studies of psychiatric medication have been carried out on the basis of psychopharmacology. At the beginning, researchers and clinicians found the unexpected effectiveness of some medications with therapeutic effects in anti-mood without knowing the reason. Next, researchers and clinicians started to explore the mechanism of neurotransmitters and started to gain an understanding of how mental illness can be. Antidepressants are one of the most investigated medications. Having greater knowledge of psychopharmacology could help us to gain more understanding of treatments. In total ten chapters on various aspects of antidepressants were integrated into this book to help beginners interested in this field to understand depression.

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