Dónal P. O’Mathúna

Dónal P. O’Mathúna
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B.Sc.(Pharm), MA, PhD
Associate Professor
383 Newton Hall
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1585 Neil Avenue
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Research Interests

Dónal O’Mathúna has research interests in both healthcare ethics and evidence-based practice. In the latter area, has has been actively involved in the Cochrane Collaboration, and was the director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017 (http://ireland.cochrane.org/). This role involved developing and conducting systematic review training in Ireland and the UK. He has co-authored six Cochrane systematic reviews and published peer-reviewed articles on evidence-based practice.

His ethics research has focused on disasters and humanitarian crises, in particular examining ethical issues in disaster research. From 2012 to 2016, he led an EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics (http://DisasterBioethics.eu) and contributed to ethics initiatives with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNISDR. As the director of the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics (http://www.ge2p2.org/cdhe), he is developing practical tools and support strategies that facilitate reflection on ethical issues in humanitarian research. He has spoken and published widely in bioethics, including co-editing Disaster Bioethics: Normative Issues When Nothing is Normal (Springer, 2014) and writing Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Recent Research Activities


January 20, 2021

by Pat Ford-Roegner

As the country turns the page to a new administration, the chaos that has defined this political cycle has unfortunately extended to pockets of our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first orders of business for the new administration is the strategy around the fair and equitable distribution of the various vaccines available to us. Not an easy task!

January 12, 2021

Publication wins first place in Nursing Management and Leadership category

The book Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare, edited and organized by leaders at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, placed as the top publication in the Nursing Management and Leadership category of the American Journal of Nursing’s 2020 Book of the Year Awards.