About me

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a multi-disciplinary social scientist of life sciences and biomedicine. I joined the Science Interpreter Training Program at the University of Tokyo as project assistant professor in April 2017. Before joining the program, I was a research fellow at Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies (STIS), University of Edinburgh (UK) on the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Making Genomic Medicine, of which I am still a member as a visiting research fellow.

My current research studies the increased importance of ‘rare diseases’ both as a focus of medical sciences and as a concern for public health policy since the late 20th century. Through qualitative analysis of the history, I aim to understand the valuable contribution that patients / patient organizations make in devising solutions for their diseases as well as the sacrifice that they have to make in making such a contribution.

Twitter: @koicox

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JSSTS – 2018 Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies (JSSTS) was held on 8th and 9th December at Seijo University. I attended only the first day of the Meeting but there were some interesting talks. My talk was scheduled in the very first session of the Meeting entitled ‘Rethinking ELSI,’ along … Continue reading JSSTS – 2018 Annual Meeting

9月2日(日)開催研究会 発表要旨

9月2日(日)に開催する研究会「Cases in the Past and Health of the Future」のProf. Steve Sturdy と見上の発表要旨を掲載しました。多くの方のご参加をお待ちしております。 Here are the abstracts of the talks by Prof. Steve Sturdy and myself to be given at the Cases in the Past and Health of the Future event on 2nd Sept (Sun). We hope to see many of you at the event! Disentangling … Continue reading 9月2日(日)開催研究会 発表要旨

Sociology of Science Society of Japan – 7th Annual Meeting

Yesterday, I attended the 7th Annual meeting of the Sociology of Science Society of Japan. The full-day event was held at Tokyo Denki University this year, and I was there for the entire event. I really enjoyed talking about our ongoing Re-conceptualization of ELSI project, as much as listening to the talks of other researchers. … Continue reading Sociology of Science Society of Japan – 7th Annual Meeting

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