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Dónal O’Mathúna – Profile

Dr. Dónal O’Mathúna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence at Dublin City University, Ireland and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University, USA. He is the Director of the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics and was Chair of the EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics, 2012-2016. Further information on his publications is available at –

Webinar Title: Disaster Research Ethics: Developing Evidence Ethically

Presentation Abstract:

Disaster responders need evidence to help guide their decisions as they plan for and implement responses. Disaster risk reduction requires evidence for policies and programs. The need for evidence creates an ethical imperative to conduct research on and in disasters. Some of that research involves human participants and raises another ethical imperative to protect participants.

This webinar will provide an overview of some ethical challenges arising from balancing these dual imperatives in disaster research. Such issues have been highlighted by the inclusion of disaster research within the 2016 revision of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) ethics guidelines for biomedical research.

The webinar will discuss examples from medical intervention research during the Ebola outbreak and with qualitative research in humanitarian crises. Disaster research also challenges current approaches to research ethics approval procedures and some modified approaches will be examined.

The webinar is being co-hosted by the Division of Bioethics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics.

If you are located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, you can attend the presentation in person:

Graves Hall, Room 1187, 333 West 10th Avenue