Dr Donal O’Mathuna

Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence School of Nursing and Human Sciences Dublin City University Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland donal.omathuna@dcu.ie office: +353 (0)1 700 7808 fax: +353 (0)1 700 5688

My research interests focus on ethics and evidence-based practice. With the latter I am actively involved in the Cochrane Collaboration which produces systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. Within ethics, my research has focused on issues of human dignity, moral reasoning and emotions in ethics. Bioethics topics of interest include emerging technologies, especially nanotechnology and stem cell research. Both research interests contribute to my involvement in JIGH via Disaster Bioethics. This developing project examines the ethical issues arising in planning for and responding to disasters. Our focus has primarily been on healthcare practitioners and researchers. We have gathered a network of academics and humanitarian organisations to develop a COST Action in disaster bioethics.

My lecturing is primarily focused on ethics. I coordinate ethics modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level for programmes at DCU in nursing, health and society, athletic therapy, and biomedical diagnostics. Other modules are coordinated on critical thinking, spirituality and health, and medicalisation in psychotherapy. I give lectures on research ethics and systematic reviewing in a number of different modules at DCU, other universities, and for the Cochrane Collaboration.

Web pages to be linked:

Disaster Bioethics Project: http://DisasterBioethics.com/

DCU staff page: http://www.dcu.ie/info/staff_member.php?id_no=1510

Personal publications: http://BioethicsIreland.ie/