The University of Tokyo Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (UT-CBEL) was established in 2008 with a Global Center Of Excellence (Global COE) grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and with the support of the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine. Prior to this, the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law was funded with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology (academic years2003-2007). UT-CBEL is one of the few educational and research institutions specialized in biomedical ethics in Japan.
UT-CBEL aims to cultivate the wisdom of clinical practice occurring in various fields including research ethics, clinical ethics and public policies in bioethics, and to provide educational programs integrating these fields. The center’s goal is to make contributions to the international development of research and education in biomedical ethics as one of the world’s leading centers of the field. The center has therefore formed?“GABEX” (Global Alliance of Biomedical Ethics Centers), an international network of world-class research institutions in biomedical ethics.
Four educational goals of UT-CBEL:
- To train young researchers who will lead the next generation of biomedical ethics
- To train medical staff capable of addressing problems of biomedical ethics
- To train research ethics professionals capable of making contributions to medical research
- To train clinical ethics professionals capable of making contributions to medical practice
Four social roles of UT-CBEL
- To work as a think-tank specialized in life-science and medicine related public policy
- To establish an accessible, online archive of policy information to enrich the public discussion
- To establish the largest biomedical ethics reference center in Japan
- To provide information to the public in order to increase bioethics literacy of citizens