Forensic Medicine

Keiji Tamaki、 M.D. Professor  btn

The Department of Forensic Medicine at Kyoto University has a proud legacy which can be traced back to 1899 when the Department was first founded. Since its establishment, the Department has been an active force in promoting the significance and importance of forensic medicine through innovative programs, educational initiatives, research and analysis and advocacy for better forensic practices, policies and laws.

Research and Education

Research projects
1) Application of DNA polymorphisms to forensic practice
We are going on several research projects in forensic genetics fields: mathematical evaluation of DNA evidence in mixed and /or small amount of DNA samples, investigation of allele frequencies of new polymorphic markers in the population, and development of a new algorism for kinship test including mutation events.
2) Pathophysiological analysis of disease using animal models
Diseases are often related to the cause of death even in forensic autopsies. We focus on both acute and chronic diseases (e.g., acute kidney injury, sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cholangiopathies, metabolic syndrome) and investigate their pathophysiological mechanisms using animal models to prevent fatal outcomes.

Training of future forensic pathologists
We have contributed to the social community through forensic autopsies and produced amounts of forensic pathologists. Post-graduate students including ones from abroad receive intensive training for macroscopic, histopathological, and CT imaging methods to become a specialist who can make a forensic diagnosis.

Fig.1 Cited from reference 1 and 2

Fig.2  Our group photo

Recent Publications

  1. Jemail L, Miyao M, Kotani H, Kawai C, Minami H, Abiru H, Tamaki K. Pivotal roles of Kupffer cells in the progression and regression of DDC-induced chronic cholangiopathy. Sci Rep. 2018;8:6415.
  2. Morimoto C, Manabe S, Fujimoto S, Hamano Y, Tamaki K. Discrimination of relationships with the same degree of kinship using chromosomal sharing patterns estimated from high-density SNPs. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018;33:10-16.
  3. Manabe S, Morimoto C, Hamano Y, Fujimoto S, Tamaki K. Development and validation of open-source software for DNA mixture interpretation based on a quantitative continuous model. PLOS ONE. 2017;12(11): e0188183.
  4. Fujimoto S, Manabe S, Morimoto C, Hamano Y, Tamaki K. Effect of the absence of spermatozoa on microrna-based semen identification. Forensic Sci Int Genet Suppl Ser. 2017;e238-240.
  5. Hamano Y, Manabe S, Morimoto C, Fujimoto S, Tamaki K. Forensic age prediction for saliva samples using methylation-sensitive high resolution melting: exploratory application for cigarette butts. Sci Rep. 2017;7:10444.

Forensic Medicine

Professor :Keiji Tamaki
Associate Professor :Hirokazu Kotani
Assistant Professor :Munetaka Ozeki,Masashi Miyao
TEL :+81-75-753-4474
FAX :+81-75-761-9591