Cultural and Human Information Studies Course, PhD Course
Biology and Medical Sciences, Master Course
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)
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 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 -)
Yukitaka Kiya has studied the experiences of patients and carriers of chronic illness and hereditary disease. In particular, he has examined issues such as disclosure caused and for the next generation posed by genetic risk. In addition to continuing his previous research, he is also interested in the development of medical research and policy.
M.A. Graduate School of Sociology, Hosei University
B.A. Department of International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Dokkyo University
Saori Watanabe is a Sociologist who specializes in research on Rare Diseases and Medicine. The title of her Ph.D. thesis is "A Study on Rare Diseases Policy in Japan: Public Expenditure Medical Care by Diseases-Category-Based Model." She has been researching the historical and sociological analysis of Rare Diseases Policy in post-war Japan and other countries.
Currently, she has also conducted several surveys on ELSI of Rare Diseases, the one on Patient's Involvement of biomedical research based on Genetic Citizenship and the other on SES (Socio-Economic Status) of Patients with Rare Diseases.
Ph.D. - Meiji Gakuin University, in Sociology (2018)
2021 – Present Project Researcher, Department of Public Policy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
2018 - 2021 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (PD), RCAST, The University of Tokyo
2015-2018 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1), Meiji Gakuin University
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.
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 is interested in science communication, public literacy concerned with science and history of science.
Junichi Kawata is a medical sociology researcher on cancer survivorship. He has been conducting research on the issues of life after cancer and the identities that are constructed while living with cancer.
MhSc, Human science, Taisho University.
BhSc, Human Life and Environment Studies, Taisho University.
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.”
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-)