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Tsutomu Sawai

Tsutomu Sawai

Tsutomu Sawai
Researcher

Tsutomu Sawai
Uehiro Research Division for iPS Cell Ethics
Uehiro Research Fellow
Center for iPS Cell Research and Application(CiRA)
Kyoto University

Message

Since 2012 when Professor Shinya Yamanaka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, I have examined the ethical implications of human induced pluripotent stem cell research from the analytic philosophical approach. My most recent research focuses on the theoretical and empirical perspectives of some controversial bioethical issues such as hiPSC-derived gametes and human-animal interspecific embryo research using hiPSCs. I hope that my research will lead to better bioethics discussions in Japan.

Biography

2008

BA in International Cultural Studies, Tenri University

2010

MA in Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

2013

Recognised Student/Academic Visitor, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Department of Philosophy, the University of Oxford

2014

Graduated from the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

2014

Researcher, Uehiro Research Division for iPS Cell Ethics, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application

2016

Kyoto University Ph.D. (Human and Environmental Studies)

Research activities

Selected publications

  1. Sawai, T., Hatta T, Fujita M. The Japanese generally accept human-animal chimeric embryo research but are concerned about human cells contributing to brain and gametes. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. 2017; DOI: 10.1002/sctm.17-0128.
  2. Sawai, T., Hatta, T., and Fujita. 2017. “Public attitudes in Japan towards human-animal chimeric embryo research using human induced pluripotent stem cells.” Regenerative Medicine, DOI: 10.2217/rme-2016-0171.
  3. Sawai T, Fujita M. The Problem of Dual Use in Relation to Decoded Neurofeedback. AJOB Neuroscience. 2016; 7(4): 253-254. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2016.1244126.
  4. Sawai, T. Moral complicity in human iPS cell research: Implications for human iPS cell research in Japan (in Japanese). Future of Human Life, 1, 2016,3-44.
  5. Fujita, M., Hatta, T., Sawai, T., and Takahashi, J. Risk of tumorigenesis and patient hope. AJOB Neuroscience, 6 (1): 69-70, doi: 10.1080/21507740.2014.991851.
  6. Sawai, T. The moral value of induced pluripotent stem cells: A Japanese bioethics perspective on human embryo research. Journal of Medical Ethics, 40, 2014, 766-769, doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101838.

Presentations

  1. Sawai, T. 2016. The ethics of human-animal chimera embryo research: A Japanese bioethical perspective. ASBH [American Society for Bioethics and Humanities] meeting 2016. 2016.10.6. Washington DC.
  2. Sawai, T., Hatta, T., and Fujita, M. 2016. A comparison of the public’s and researchers’ attitudes towards human-animal chimeric embryo research using human induced pluripotent stem cells. The CiRA Retreat 2016. 2016.7.29. Awaji.
  3. Sawai, T., Hatta, T., and Fujita, M. 2016. Acceptability of human-animal chimeric embryo research using human induced pluripotent stem cells: A survey among the public and researchers. ISSCR 2016 Conference. 2016.6.24. (22-25 June 2016).
  4. Sawai, T., Hatta, T., and Fujita, M. 2016. Public and researcher attitudes towards human-animal chimeric embryo research using human induced pluripotent stem cells. IAB 2016 Conference. 2016.6.16 (14-17 June 2016).
  5. Sawai, T., Akatsuka, K., and Specker, L. 2015. The ethics of research on stem cell derived gametes: A Japanese bioethical perspective. The 2015 ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) Annual Meeting. 2015.10.22.
  6. Sawai, T. Religious perspectives on the ethical issues of human induced pluripotent stem cell research. The 74th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies. 2015.9.6. Soka University.
  7. Sawai, T. Priority setting in research on induced pluripotent stem cells. 2014 Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Ethics Conference (Ethics for the Future of iPS/Stem Cells), 2014.8.29. Kyoto International Conference Center.
  8. Sawai, T. Confucian views of genetic enhancement. Kyoto-Bristol Workshop (The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Comparing the British and Japanese Debate). 2014.5.1. Kyoto University

Contact

53 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
606-8507 Japan

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