The ethics advisory group will observe all issues relevant to ethics in human as well as animal studies. They will deal with all issues of relevance in this context. Where in doubt specialised advice will be obtained from relevant national or local ethics committees and/or data protection authorities.
Dr. Deirdre Madden is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, LLM, PHD) and a qualified barrister-at-law. She is a Senior Lecturer in Law in UCC with research interests and publications in the area of medical law and ethics. She has been a member of the Irish Medical Council since 2004.
In 2005 she was appointed by the Minister for Health to write a final report on post mortem practice and procedure, subsequently known as the Madden Report. Dr. Madden was also appointed Chairperson of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance which published its Report, entitled Building a Culture of Patient Safety, in July 2008.
His research interests include maternal-fetal medicine, epidemiology, health services research incorporating risk management, quality of service and translational research.