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The Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (TMiMS) began operations in April 2011 as a brand new institute integrating the formerly independent institutes of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Psychiatry, and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science. Furthermore, on April 1, 2012, the Institute was certified as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the Governor of Tokyo.

Our institute aims to develop our achievements to date and take a comprehensive approach to medical research. While promoting the study of medicine and contributing to improve the medical treatment and welfare of citizens in Tokyo through the dissemination of research results, we promote the goals listed in the “Tokyo in Ten Years” plan for the next decade of Tokyo’s development. This plan includes such projects as the development of diagnostic methods for the early detection and assessment of cancer, the promotion of research to support the health care measures identified as a focus for the national capital, and the promotion of the rapid utilization and clinical application of research results. The plan also includes the improvement of diagnostic accuracy and development of new diagnostic methods by promoting research in collaboration with municipal hospitals and other sites at the forefront of actual medical practice.


The pamphlet below offers an introduction to our institute.

Principal Activities

  • Promoting project-based research that aims to respond to the needs of the citizens of Tokyo and help them benefit from the results of our research.
  • Special research into targeted areas including countermeasures against cancer and new strains of influenza.
  • Research dissemination activities including public lectures about the results of our research and training workshops for researchers.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation) has introduced a “Project-based Research System” aimed at addressing and solving the challenges listed below.

Research Activities

Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science implements a series of project research focusing on the issues listed below.

Research topics in Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science

Cancer and infectious diseases ① Genome and cancer
② Overcoming infectious diseases
Encephalopathy③ Dementia and intractable neuropathies
④ Development of children’s brain
Psychiatry⑤ Research on the cause of mental illness
⑥ Promotion of healthy mind
Care for the recovering and
the disabled
⑦ Nursing, caring, and rehabilitation
Advanced Basic Research⑧ Protein metabolism and diseases
⑨ Host defense mechanism
⑩ Genetics of diseases
⑪ Higher brain function and dysfunction
⑫ Motion perception and disorder

Project research system aims to promote effective and efficient research progress which meets the citizens’ needs and contributes to public welfare. Each project is carried out with clear research theme, objective, and time schedule, which will be regularly evaluated by external committees.