Sendai, Miyagi Pref., April 4 (Jiji Press)–Tohoku University said Wednesday it has set up an organization to study the long-term health effects of last year’s earthquake and tsunami on some 150,000 people in devastated areas in northeastern Japan.
The Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, established in the university’s faculty of medicine, is the second largest biobank in Japan after the one led by the University of Tokyo, officials said.
Over the next 10 years, the university in Sendai plans to collect health and genetic information from people of all ages living in the badly affected prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi.
The organization will compare the different health conditions of people living within the same environment.
It will also compare the health of three generations of family members to find out if children born after the disaster suffer particular illnesses.