Disaster Medical Science Division
Disaster Obstetrics and Gynecology Lab
Research Subject(s)
1. Analysis of the effects of stress during a disaster and subsequent changes in the living environment on women's health and the development of gynecological diseases
2. Analysis of the impact of disasters on gynecological cancer screening systems and women's health in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and around the world
3. 3. Analysis of the impact of disasters on maternal and child health such as pregnant women
Key Words
Disaster medicine / obstetrics and gynecology / pathology / cancer screening / oncology
Research Activities

The field of disaster obstetrics and gynecology aims to rethink women's health and obstetrics and gynecology diseases from the perspective of disasters. The first purpose is to analyze and examine the effects of a catastrophic disaster on the health care system centered on the gynecological cancer screening system and on diseases peculiar to gynecology in a multifaceted and long-term manner. It is to promote the health of local women. The second purpose is to analyze the impact of a catastrophe on mothers and children and establish standards that can be used in the future.

The field of disaster obstetrics and gynecology also aims to consider how women, pregnant women, and medical personnel will respond in the event of a major disaster.

Selected Works

Ito K, et al. (2020). A comparison of liquid-based and conventional cytology using data for cervical cancer screening from the Japan Cancer Society.
Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology. 50(2):138-144.doi: 10.1093/jjco/hyz161.
                                                                                                                             Miki Y, Tase T, Tokunaga H, Yaegashi N, Ito K.(2020)Cervical cancer screening rates before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake in the Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.PLoS One.15(3):e0229924.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229924. 
Ozawa N, Ito K, Tase T, Metoki H, Yaegashi N.(2016). 
Beneficial Effects of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine for Prevention of Cervical Abnormalities in Miyagi, Japan.
Tohoku J Exp Med. 240(2):147-151.DOI: 10.1620/tjem.240.147

Ito K, Miki Y, Suzuki T, McNamara KM, Sasano H (2016.) In situ androgen and estrogen biosynthesis in endometrial cancer: focus on androgen actions and intratumoral production.Endocrine Related Cancer. 23(7):R323-35. doi: 10.1530/ERC-15-0470

Sato N, Takagi K, Suzuki T, Miki Y, Tanaka S, Nagase S, Warita H, Fukudo S, Sato F, Sasano H, Ito K.(2014).Immunolocalization of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and its receptors (CRHR1 and CRHR2) in human endometrial carcinoma: CRHR1 as a potent prognostic factor.Int J Gynecol Cancer. 24(9):1549-57. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000269.

Selected Memberships
  • Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Japan Gynecologic Oncology Society
  • Japan Gynecologic Cancer Screening Society
  • Japan Clinical Cytology Society
  • Hormone and Cancer Research Group (Chairman from July 2019)
Selected Awards
  • Highly Read Author Award(one of the most read articles in Endocrine-Related Cancer during 2016、‘Top Downloaded Author’ certificate)

December 12th (Sat) and 13th (Sun), 2020,
The 25th Japan Society for Reproductive and Endocrinology will be held in Sendai (Gonryo Hall, Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University).