Bioinformatics initiative


The Bioinformatics Initiative integrates departments and institutions on and off campus for cooperation on large-scale data analysis of human disease at the Graduate School of Medicine and Osaka University Hospital. Our goal is to be a core unit that promotes bioinformatics research. Our main objectives are as follows.

  • Application of large-scale human data for clinical practice
  • Clarification of diseases and development of therapeutic and diagnostic agents based on human genome information and clinical information
  • Training the next generation of bioinformaticians

Director’s message

Bioinformatics Initiative Director
Akira Kikuchi

Advances in medical research in recent years have been accompanied by extraordinary innovations in medical technology around the world that have advanced the translation of basic research to practical application to human. Countless projects involving the analysis of large-scale data have been conducted across Japan, and the application of these results to clinical practice is key national scientific policy. In these circumstances, we need to put our utmost effort to integrate and analyze data from studies on the genome, blood chemistry, imaging and pathology compiled at the university.

To maximally exploit the large-scale data on human diseases at the Graduate School of Medicine and Osaka University Hospital, we are working with departments and organizations inside and outside the university to develop bioinformatics research and advance medical sciences and treatments.


1.Collaboration with Graduate School of Medicine and Osaka University Hospital

  • Streamline the organization and recruitment of sample collecting
  • Management of large-scale computers
  • Construction of a database for clinical information
  • Analysis and storage of genomic data
  • Maintenance of the pipeline for genomic data analysis
  • Management of the brain bank
  • Use of the Center for Twin Research

2.Collaboration within University

  • Increasing the number of fiber optics connections with other faculties
  • Software development
  • Education and training regarding cultivation of human resources for informatics

3.Collaborations with partner hospitals

  • Implementation of drug development and clinical trials based on large-scale data analysis
  • Contracted genetic testing
  • Integration of electronic health records