Our research is reviewed and approved by a research ethics committee to ensure compliance with ethics guidelines

Research at IMS involves systematic analysis of genetic differences and gene expression in individuals and exploring the relationship between such variations and disease. Collection of samples from patients and others is essential to our research work and therefore requires proper ethical considerations in matters such as obtaining informed consent and proper handling of personal information.

RIKEN Yokohama has in place an ethics committee of external experts to act as a consulting body to ensure compliance with the government’s Ethical Guidelines for Analytical Research on the Human Genome/Genes. The committee evaluates research projects and the informed consent process, and ensures that only approved samples are used for research at IMS.