Our History

The Foundations of IMS
April 2013
The RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) begins operations, merging the former Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) and the former Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) into a single entity.
Research Center for Allergy and
Immunology (RCAI)
April 2004
RCAI begins operations at Yokohama Institute.
July 2001
RCAI is established to lead RIKEN’s integrated research on allergy and immunology.
December 2000
The importance of immunology, allergy and infectious disease research is emphasized at the Council for Science and Technology’s Committee on Policy Matters meeting.
August 2000
Following on the events described below, the Science and Technology Agency and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture jointly submit a special budget request to Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori to advance allergy, immunology and infectious diseases research.
July 2000
The Diet Members’ Promotion Alliance for Life Sciences designates immunology-related disease research as a priority domain and provides a substantial budget increase for further bioresearch development and investment.
July 1999
A government council considering the future of life science research in Japan determines that, in order to implement new strategic life science initiatives, an urgent response is needed in specific important research fields so as not to lag behind in competitive international research, requiring a new “next-generation advanced research organization” with a flexible and fluid research system.
August 1997
The prime minister decides a basic plan for life science research and development in recognition of the importance of laying a foundation for discovering the causes of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatism and allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis and pollinosis.
Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM)
April 2008
The center name changes to CGM from SRC to better represent the center’s medical perspective and activities. CGM joins the Global Alliance for Pharmacogenomics (GAP).
October 2002
SRC joins the International HapMap Project.
April 2000
SNP Research Center (SRC) launched as part of the Millennium Project.
December 1990
Japan defines its national strategy for the realization of personalized medicine as part of its Millennium Project.