Her original background is sociology of medicine and family. Her research interests are ethical, legal and social implication of medical genomics and stem cell research. She has worked with advocacy groups of rare diseases such as Familial Amioloid Polineuropathy and Huntington’s Disease. She also explores living liver donations and family values in Japan. She serves as a Director of the Office of Research Ethics at the IMSUT.
Ph.D. International Community Health, Graduate School of International Health, The University of Tokyo (2002)
M.A. Division of Humanities, Keio University (1995)
B.A. Department of Humanities and Social Science, Keio University (1993)
Professor, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2013 )
Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2007 )
Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, Shinshu University (2002- 2007)
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Community Health, Brown University (2000-2002)
Research Associate, Health Care Science Institute (1997- 2000)
She joined the Department of Public Policy in February 2009. Her mission is to plan and conduct training related to research ethics. She also hosts preliminary ethical consultation by scientists of the IMSUT before submitting application forms to the Ethical Review Board. As social demands for the ethical adequacy have risen, she has continued to help medical scientists conduct their research more smoothly and with greater ethical consideration. Based on her original background in constitutional law, she explores concepts and ideas of academic freedom.
M.A. Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hosei University
Research Fellow, Center for Life Science and Society
Project Researcher, Graduate School of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
Project Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2009 )
Yusuke Inoue’s research examines theoretical and empirical studies of Japan’s regulatory bioethics and bio-law, based on comparative policy perspectives. He received the Encouragement Prize for Young Researchers from the Japan Association for Bioethics in 2006.
Ph.D. Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (2009)
M.P.H School of Public Health, Kyoto University (2003)
B.A. Division of Society and Behavioral Studies, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University (2001)
Research Associate, Kyoto University Hospital (2004)
Research Fellow, Center of Life Science and Society (2005- 2007)
Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo Hospital (2008)
Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine The University of Tokyo (2009)
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2010 )
Guest researcher, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University （2012.10～2013）
She was born in Seoul, South Korea. She specifically examines, from a cultural anthropology perspective, how eastern Asian nations are adopting state-of-the-art medical technology, developed mainly in economically developed nations. Even for identical technologies, the triggers and arguments related to them differ among nations according to their respective cultural and social backgrounds. She has analyzed the process to formulate bioethics laws in South Korea.
Now she studies how eastern Asian nations build international research alliances to conduct advanced medical research. She also observes and compares how genetic testing technology has penetrated society in Korea and Japan.
Ph.D. Cultural anthropology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate School of Ochanomizu University (1998)
M.A. Division of Humanities, Graduate School of Ochanomizu University (1989)
B.A. Faculty of Letters and Education, Aoyama Gakuin University (1985)
Research Associate, Ochanomizu University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences (1998- 2002)
Research Fellow, Center of Life Science and Society (2002- 2007)
Research Associate, Health Care Science Institute (2007- 2008)
Project Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2008 )
She majored in Psychology at university, and she studied public health and epidemiology in graduate school. She studied specifically public attitudes toward genetic testing. She is also interested in science communication.
Ph.D. - Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering University of Yamanashi (2009)
Research Resident, Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-Kai (2009 -2012)
Research Fellow, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2012 -)
She majored in Anthropology at university, and she studied Sociology and Disability Welfare in graduate school. She has studied the policy history of Hansen's disease with focus on the history of leprosy in modern Korea. She is currently involved in the research of Minamata disease.
Ph.D. Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University (2015)
M.A. Graduate School of Human Relations, The University of Kitakyushu (2009)
Project Research Fellow, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2013- Present)
Research Assistant, Research Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University (2009-2011)
Mayumi Kusunose joined the Department of Public Policy in January 2012. She has been working on research dealing with the ethical, legal, and social implications relevant to the realization of regenerative medicine. She is a clinical/research ethicist who provides ethics consultation, and is also a member of ethics committees at hospitals in Japan. Her research interests are clinical ethics, research ethics, and general bioethics. She received a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, in 2010, and a Master’s Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Kochi University, Kochi, Japan, in 2002. In addition, she received a Bioethics Certificate in Clinical Ethics in 2010 and a Certificate in Research Ethics in 2013 from Clarkson University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA. Moreover, she was granted Fulbright Scholarship and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2008.
Data Safety Monitoring Board Fellow, Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Center, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA (July 2014 - Present)
Ethics Adviser, Tochigi Cancer Center, Tochigi, Japan (June 2014 - Present)
Project Researcher, Department of Public Policy, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (July 2013 - Present)
Ethicist Adviser and Member of Research Ethics Committee, Yokohama Rosai Hospital, Japan Labor Health and Welfare Organization, Yokohama, Japan (part-time, 2012 - Present)
Lecturer, School of Medicine, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan (part-time, October 2012 - Present)
Kayo Takashima has been a Project Researcher in the Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo since 2013.
Her main research interest is the ethics of regenerative medicine; this interest is based on her involvement in Japan’s nationwide regenerative medicine research project, Highway Program for Realization of Regenerative Medicine, and her experience as a research ethics consultant.
Her other primary research interest concerns reform strategy and consistency aspects of Research Ethics Committees, particularly in the UK and Japan.
Based on her nursing experience, she became interested in the field of medical ethics with regard to end-of-life decision making issues and clinical ethics consultation system. Additionally, the fields of clinical research and research ethics attracted her since she worked as a study manager at a contract research organization in the UK and as a project manager on establishing a phase 1 clinical trial unit at Keio University, Tokyo.
LL.M. in Medical Law and Ethics, The University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
BA in Division of Letters, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
Project Assistant Professor, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Project Assistant Professor, Centre for Clinical Research, The School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
Study Manager, Richmond Pharmacology Ltd (UK) Nurse, Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Ethics Committee Member, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (2012-)
Ethics Committee Member, Shinshu University (2012-)
Data and Sample Management Committee Member at Japan Marrow Donor Program (2013-)
Kyoko TAKASHIMA graduated from the University of Tokyo, where she majored in Health Science. She also received her master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) and her PhD from the University of Tokyo, where she studied public health and bioethics. During the master’s course, she studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics (January 2010 – July 2010). Before joining the Department of Public Policy at IMSUT, she worked as a project researcher at the University of Tokyo Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (UT-CBEL). She received the Encouragement Prize for Young Researchers from the Japan Association for Bioethics in 2012. Her research interests include bioethics, research ethics, reproductive technology, medical tourism, and public health.
PhD - Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo (2015)
MPH - School of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo (2011)
BS - Department of Health Science & Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo (2009)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) research fellow (DC1) (2011.4-2012.3)
Project Researcher, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, The University of Tokyo (2012.4-2014.3)
Ethics Committee Member, School of Health Sciences, Tokai University (2015.4-Present)
Project Researcher, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (2014.4-Present)
She majored in Law at university and studied Criminal Law and Medical Law in graduate school. She joined the Department in April 2017.
Her research interests include criminal negligence and the legal regulation of clinical research.
LL.M.—Graduate school of Law, Meiji University
B.A.—Department of Law, Meiji University
Project Researcher, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (4/2017–present)
Research Associate (Criminal Law), Department of Law, Meiji University (4/2015–3/2017)
Research Assistant (Medical Law), Law School, Meiji University (4/2011–3/2015)
She aims to provide a pleasant working atmosphere to support others as they create effective research.
She has worked as a research coordinator at the hospital for eight years. She is looking forward to taking on the challenge of being a bridge between the researchers and medical staff.
She has completed the Master’s Course in Interdisciplinary Information Studies at The University of Tokyo as of March 2014.
Her interest is in Corporate Philanthropy and Volunteering; she plans to study attitudes of the public toward these issues.
Masato Uchiyama completed a master’s course from Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology, in March 2012. His research interest lies in genetic literacy, and he plans to study how to teach genetic literacy in senior high schools.
Izen Ri graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, at the University of Tokyo in 2014, and received her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Information Studies from the same university in 2016. Her main research interest is the relationships between patients with genetic disease and their families.
I worked in the Operations Department of a U.S. life insurance company for 28 years, specializing in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). I am concerned about the impact of DNA testing on our society. I intend to use my seniority and experience to make a difference to this issue and ongoing projects.
My hobbies are playing golf, watching movies, looking at paintings, enjoying delicious (but affordable) food and drinks, and singing Italian “canzone.”
Fuga Sugawara graduated from the Department of Social and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences at Fukushima University in 2017. He studies the way in which early detection using genomics can help to identify people who are at risk or have a “pre-patient” status.