Medical Ethics and Medical GeneticsPublic Health

M.D., PH.D. Professor Shinji Kosugi

As the most important subject of present medical ethics, we focus on issues of medical genetics. Major issues are ethical consideration on genetic counseling, next generation sequencer, genome cohort research and so on. Further, our studies include collaborative clinical and genetic research such as breast cancer, hearing disturbance and endocrine diseases.
We have a genetic counselor education course as Professional Degree Programs in School of Public Health. Further, we play a central role for clinical practice and education in Clinical Genetic Unit in the Kyoto University Hospital.

Research and Education

Research foci are on medical genetics, genetic science and genetic counseling. As for the issues on genetic diagnosis, study on quality control of genetic tests and study on incidental findings by next generation sequencer are important subjects. Professor Shinji Kosugi is a major member of MEN (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia) Consortium and continuously producing q a lot of outcome on MEN type 1. This field is the Professor’s life study theme. We collaborate with Department of Breast Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology and Center of Medical Research Support and explorer new responsible genes such as ones of hereditary breast cancer and hearing disturbance. Further, we play a major role of social studies with patients’ groups and genome cohort study in Nagahama city.
Together with research activities, we take a proactive stance on education of professionals. Education of genetic counselors is major. We are educating medical genetics and medical ethics for medical students. Further, education of research ethics for researches, graduate students and research supporters is done with ethics committee.

Medical Genetics Seminar


Recent Publications

  1. Taguchi I, et al; Attitudes of clinical geneticists and certified genetic counselors to genome editing and its clinical applications: A nation-wide questionnaire survey in Japan. J Hum Genet, 2019 Sept 1, 64(9)945-954,
  2. Kawasaki H, et al; Epidemiology of Birth Defects in Very Low Birth Weight Infants in Japan. J Pediatr. 2020 Jul 5:S0022-3476(20)30855-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.07.012.
  3. Tsuchiya M, et al. Attitudes toward and current status of disclosure of secondary ndings from next-generation sequencing: a nation-wide survey of clinical genetics professionals in Japan. J Hum Genet. 2020 Jul 13. doi: 10.1038/s10038-020-0802-2.
  4. Kawasaki H, et al; Current status and legal/ethical problems in the research use of the tissues of aborted human fetuses in Japan. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2020 Jun 23. doi: 10.1111/cga.12381. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32572995.
  5. Torishima M, et al. Negative recollections regarding doctor-patient interactions among men receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis: a qualitative study of patient experiences in Japan. BMJ Open. 2020/1/20, 10(1) e032251, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032251.


Professor Shinji Kosugi
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Associate Professor Takeshi Nakajima

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