Public Health

Genomic Medicine Support and Genetic Counseling

Evidence-Based Genetic Counseling

  • Master Degree


KAWAME, HiroshiKAWAME, Hiroshi
KAWAME, Hiroshi

Professor, M.D. Ph.D.

Research Theme

  • Delineation of natural history and genetic counseling issues of genetic syndromes
  • Identification of genetic counseling issues in genome-wide genetic testing
  • Development of resources and methods of genetic and genomic literacy
Research Keywords:

genetic counseling, birth defects, natural history, personalized medicine, genetic and genomic literacy

Technical Keywords:

genetic counseling program, systematic review, role play

Laboratory Introduction

Division of Genomic Medicine Support and Genetic Counseling was incorporated of Department of Education and Training, Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) in April 2013. Our division conducts clinical research regarding genetic counseling in pediatrics and personalized medicine, and runs Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling, Tohoku University School of Medicine. Our program in Genetic Counseling, the only genetic counseling program in the Tohoku region, has been accredited by the Japanese Board of Genetic Counseling, and provides the development of the next generation of genetic counselors. The mission of our program is train genetic counselors that have the ability to communicate the update information fully and effectively and can work closely with the clients.
We accept only just for becoming certified genetic counselors who work in Japan.

Figure 1. Genetic counseling program class

Figure 1. Genetic counseling program class

Recent Publications

  • Shimizu K et al. Microarray and FISH-based genotype-phenotype analysis of 22 Japanese patients with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 164A:597-609, 2014
  • Nishi E et al. Surgical intervention for esophageal atresia in patients with trisomy 18. Am J Med Genet A. 164A:324-30, 2014
  • Kaneko K et al. Diagnosis of balanced translocation carriers and genetic counseling. J Jpn Pediatr Soc 117:1781-1787, 2013 [Jpn]
  • Yotsumoto J et al. Attitudes toward non-invasive prenatal diagnosis among pregnant women and health professionals in Japan. Prenat Diagn. 32:674-9 2012
  • Bassett AS et al. Practical guidelines for managing patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. J Pediatr 159:332-9 2011