The launch of the Department two years ago has been made possible by a generous initial gift from Dallas philanthropist, Ms. Lyda Hill. The scientific focus of the Department is on creating computational methods for integrative analysis and modeling of complex biomedical processes in high-dimensional and multi-modal data sets. The development of this program is driven under the premise that bioinformatics in its core is a pattern recognition problem whose solution builds on the combination of computational theory and algorithms that are shareable across all biomedical data types and research applications. Accordingly, the Department will be composed of a faculty that tackles fundamental questions in computer science while effectively translating the results into high-impact basic and clinical research. The Department is also home to the Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Bio-High Performance Computing group, which provide robust analytical and computational workflows to end users across campus.
The admissions scandal whereby Tokyo Medical University admitted to manipulating females' entrance exams did not come as a surprise for many women doctors, but rather was verification of what they had suspected for a long time: Some medical universities set the bar higher for women. That suspicion was backed up by the fact that the ratio of women who have passed the national medical exam consistently stayed at around 30 percent for nearly 20 years. "We heard rumors a number of times that medical universities were placing caps on the number of female students," said Ruriko Tsushima, an obstetrician and the head of Tsushima Ruriko Women's Life Clinic Ginza in Tokyo. "Such practices should not be forgiven." Another doctor who currently works at a private hospital in Tokyo also said it was "common knowledge" among female students who were planning to apply for medical school.