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Department of Public Policy

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◆Faculty◆
Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Project Assistant Professor
Project Research Fellow
Project Research Fellow
Project Research Fellow
◆Administrators◆
Academic Support Staff
Academic Support Staff
Academic Support Staff
Takako Yamanishi
Academic Support Staff
Kiyoko Jinno
Academic Support Staff
Academic Support Staff
Natsuko Nishimura
Academic Support Staff
◆Students◆
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, PhD Course
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, PhD Course
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, PhD Course
Mayumi Kusunose, M.A., M.B.E.
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, PhD Course
Aki Kitabayashi, M.S.
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Cultural and Human Information Studies Course, PhD Course
Momoco Sato, M.A.
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies Cultural and Human Information Studies Course, Master Course
Kaori Kawai
◆Visiting Researchers◆
Project Professor, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences
Senior Research Fellow, Medical Genomics Center, National Center for Global Hearth and Medicine

Kaori Muto

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.

【Education】
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)

【Professional Employment】
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)

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Yusuke Inoue

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.

【Education】
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)

【Professional Employment】
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)

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Akiko Nagai

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.

【Education】
Ph.D. - Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering University of Yamanashi (2009)

【Professional Emplyment】
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 -)

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Akiko Funabashi

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.

【Education】
LL.M.—Graduate school of Law, Meiji University
B.A.—Department of Law, Meiji University

【Professional Employment】
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)

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Yukitaka Kiya

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.

【Education】
M.A. Graduate School of Sociology, Hosei University
B.A. Department of International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Dokkyo University

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Saori Watanabe

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.

【Education】
Ph.D. - Meiji Gakuin University, in Sociology (2018)

【Employment】
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

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Izen

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.

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Yukitaka Kiya

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.

【Education】
M.A. Graduate School of Sociology, Hosei University
B.A. Department of International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Dokkyo University

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Kimie Takeuchi

She aims to provide a pleasant working atmosphere to support others as they create effective research.

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Yoko Kambara

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.

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Kumiko Fujisawa

She is interested in science communication, public literacy concerned with science and history of science.

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jyunichi kawata

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.

【Education】
MhSc, Human science, Taisho University.
BhSc, Human Life and Environment Studies, Taisho University.

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Hiroshi Iida

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.”

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Kayo Takashima

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.

【Education】
LL.M. in Medical Law and Ethics, The University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
BA in Division of Letters, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

【Professional Employment】
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

【Committee member】
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-)

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