The Center for Genomic Medicine undertakes systematical analyses on individual gene variation to clarify the relationship between such variation and disease. Therefore, we have to collect genomic DNA samples from patients and other individuals. We place great emphasis on ethical considerations, including the informed consent process-whereby the research objectives and methods are explained in detail in advance and the individual gives their consent to participate-and the confidentiality of private information of the individuals supplying genomic DNA samples.
We have established an Ethics Committee to act as a consulting body at the Yokohama Institute, in line with the Ethical Guidelines for Analytical Research on the Human Genome/Genes issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW); and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The Ethics Committee is composed of externally employed individuals. The Committee evaluates the type of research being performed and the informed consent process, to ensure only approved research samples are used in our work.