Division of Biobank GEM-Japan(GEnome Medicine Alliance Japan)

As the large-scale genome analysis and information and communication technologies have advanced rapidly in recent years, the sharing of genomic and health data with high security and public confidence is pivotal in accelerating the medical research and development so as to realize the healthy society with longevity.

The project, which is proceeded with Program for an Integrated Database of Clinical and Genomic Information, Platform Program for Promotion of Genome Medicine, BioBank Japan Project for Genomic and Clinical Research, Tohoku Medical Megabank Project, plans to share the allele frequencies as well as disease variations of Japanese population and to hold GEM Japan workshops in a challenge of localization of GA4GH tools into non-English speaking country.

  • TogoVar (Integrated database of Japanese genomic variation) : A database that has been developed as a joint research project of National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC), Japan Science and Technology Agency, and Database Center for Life Science (DBCLS), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems.
  • MGeND (Medical Genomics Japan Variant Database) : A database aiming to provide the integrated information of genomic variations and clinical characteristics, which has been developed by the AMED program for an Integrated Database of Clinical and Genomic Information.
  • BBJ (BioBank Japan) : One of the three major biobanks in Japan, which is also regarded as one of the largest disease biobanks in the world, being managed by the AMED BioBank Japan Project for Genomic and Clinical Research.
  • TMM (Tohoku Medical Megabank Project) : The project conducts a long-term health study of a total of 150,000 residents living in communities which suffered major damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and reports the findings to the respective residents with their personal information. It also establishes a system of dispatching physicians on a rotation basis to health care providers in the region.

Last updated 2019.6.14