Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, is the Director of the Cochrane Affiliate of The Ohio State University, and is also an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Ohio State. His degrees are in pharmacy and ethics, with research interests focused on both evidence-based practice (EBP) and healthcare ethics. His EBP activities have focused on systematic reviews with the Cochrane Collaboration and he was director of Cochrane Ireland from 2014 to 2017. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the recently formed Cochrane U.S. Network. He has conducted systematic review training in Ireland, the UK, and the United States, and is co-author on a number of systematic reviews in the Cochrane Library.
His ethics research has focused on disasters and humanitarian crises, most recently being co-editor of Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Issues (Springer, 2018). O’Mathúna is the Principal Investigator on funded research projects examining research ethics in the context of disasters and humanitarian crises. He has contributed to ethics initiatives and guidelines with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). He has spoken and published widely, including peer-reviewed articles in The Lancet, Bioethics, BMC Medical Ethics, Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, and Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.