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El-Wui Loh, Ph.D.

Assistant Investigator
Institute of Population Health Sciences


- Ph.D., Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, UK,2003
- B.S., School of Medical Technology, Yang Ming Medical College,1992


-Assistant Investigator, Division of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
- Member of Institute Review Board, DOH-Yuli Hospital.
- Vice Commissioner, Taipei Overseas Peace Service, Chinese Human Rights Association, Taiwan.
- Member of the Task Force for Developing Country, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

- Associate Director, National Genotyping Center at Academia Sinica.
- Special Assistant, Biobank Taiwanl Post Doctoral Research Worker of the GENESIS project, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.


Dr. Loh received his bachelor degree of medical technology at Yang Ming Medical College, Taiwan. Although the bachelorship was to train a good medical technician and researcher in medical sciences, he chose to be trained in psychiatry and psychology in his earlier career. He was engaged in the study of psychiatric genetic since 1993. Later, he received his Ph.D. degree at Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. His research interests include biochemistry and genetics of addiction, schizophrenia and treatment responses.


Dr. Loh represents one of the researchers who first found an important role of GABAergic system in the development of alcoholism. His Ph.D. study has yielded several compatible papers reporting association of GABA receptor subunit genes with the development of alcoholism which are frequently cited. His current primary project in NHRI is- Pharmacogenetic Profiling of Antipsychotics-induced X-syndrome and Diabetes (PAXD). Members of this collaborative project include the Mackay Memorial Hospital, Yu-Li Hospital, Taipei City Hospital Song-de Branch and our division. As the previous special assistant to Biobank Taiwan, Dr. Loh worked through all the details in the preparation stage. The accomplishments have been very useful in his current collaborative research.


- 1996-2001 Awarded the Scholarship of the Psychiatric Research Trust, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
- 1996~1999 Awarded the Scholarship of the Peacock Foundation, London.


1. TH Lan, EW Loh, MS Wu, TM Hu, HJ Chiu. Performance of a Neuro-Fuzzy Model in Predicting Weight Changes of Chronic Schizophrenic patients exposed to Antipsychotics. In print on Molecular Psychiatry.

2. EW Loh, TH Lan. The Future of Pharmacogenetics in Clinical practice-Wonderful but Needs Further Clarifications. Journal of Molecular Genetics and Biology (non SCI, Taiwan Academic journal). 2007 March; 18(1): 14-17.

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4. EW Loh, NLS Tang, DTS Lee, SI Liu and A Stadlin. Association Analysis of GABA Receptor Subunit genes on 5q33 with Heroin Dependence in a Chinese Male Population. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 2007 June; 144B: 439443.

5. Buckley ST, Foley PF, Innes DJ, Loh EW, Shen Y, Williams SM, Harper CG, Tannenberg AE, Dodd PR. GABA(A) receptor beta isoform protein expression in human alcoholic brain: interaction with genotype. Neurochem Int. 2006 Nov;49(6):557-67.

6. Nakamura K, Chen CK, Sekine Y, Iwata Y, Anitha A, Loh EW, Takei N, Suzuki A, Kawai M, Takebayashi K, Suzuki K, Minabe Y, Tsuchiya K, Yamada K, Iyo M, Ozaki N, Inada T, Iwata N, Harano M, Komiyama T, Yamada M, Sora I, Ujike H, Ball DM, Yoshikawa T, Lin SK, Mori N. Association analysis of SOD2 variants with methamphetamine psychosis in Japanese and Taiwanese populations. Hum Genet. 2006 Sep;120(2):243-52.

7. Loh EW, Lane HY, Chen CH, Chang PS, Ku LW, Wang KHT, Cheng ATA.Glutamate decarboxylase genes and alcoholism in Han Taiwanese men. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research. 2006 Nov; 30(11):1817-23.