Tamami Fukushi is a visiting researcher at Division of Cerebral Integration in Department of System Neuroscience, National Institute of Physiological Sciences (NIPS). She graduated Nara Women’s University (Physical Education) and Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University (Primatology) then took Ph.D. in Behavioral Science at Department of Psychology, Hokkaido University in March 1999. Defended thesis in the field of neuroscience on an experimental investigation of neural function of non-human primate frontal cortex during visually guided isometric force production task. From 1999 to 2005, she worked for Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota as Postdoctoral/Research Associate for motor control research focusing on human and non-human primates.
She started career in Neuroethics in 2005 when she moved back to Japan at the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as a researcher of cohort project called “Japan Children’s Study Group”. She organized the first international symposium of neuroethics in Asian region in July 2006 in Tokyo, and contributed to a dissemination of neuroethics to Japanese and Asian stakeholders. After closing the cohort project in 2009, she experienced science policy at Center for Research and development Strategies (CRDS) in JST and regulatory science at Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). During those years, she extended her career to science policy making and international cooperation policy in life science and medicines. In June 2017, she joined Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) as policy and information analyst and rebooted Neuroethics activity as a visiting researcher in NIPS from June 2020.
Her current interest of neuroethics is ELSI of advanced technology of neuroscience in the context of science policy and regulatory science. In 2015 She published a book chapter entitled “Social Implementation of Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Neuroethics” In: Wada, K., (ed.) Neurodegenerative Disorders as Systemic Diseases. Pp.295-304, Springer and “Neuroethics in Japan” In: Johnson, L.S.M. and Rommelfanger, K., (eds.) Handbooks in Neuroethics. Routledge Pp.442-456.