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RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEE

The Beacon Hospital Research Ethics Committee (REC) was established to ensure ethical standards of scientific research investigations involving human subject participants are maintained to international standards, to protect participants from harm, to preserve their rights and to provide reassurance through the review process that this is being done. All research carried out in or under the auspices of Beacon Hospital must have prior approval from the REC before taking place.

The main functions of the REC are:

  1. To review all proposals for planned research investigations involving individuals to ensure that the proposed study is scientifically valid and justifiable in terms of its possible benefits compared with any risk of inconvenience or harm;
  2. Adequate steps have been taken so that physical or psychological harm does not occur
  3. The confidentiality of all personal and medical information is ensured and privacy maintained
  4. Consent is truly valid (informed) and given without any form of duress
  5. Adequate arrangements are available to compensate subjects whose health might be damaged by such an investigation.

The committee reviews and offers opinion on research involving:

  • Patients/users of Beacon Hospital
  • Relatives/carers of patients/users of Beacon Hospital
  • Research involving the use of Beacon Hospital patient data (past and present)
  • Beacon Hospital staff, recruited as research participants by virtue of their professional role.

Committee Members:

Chair

  • Dr. Ray McDermott, Consultant Medical Oncologist

Vice-Chair

  • Mr. Arthur Cummings, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Members

  • Mr. Gavin Lawler, Oncology/Radiation Therapy Research Specialist
  • Ms. Paula Vernon, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Manager
  • Ms. Elizabeth Brennan, Research Manager Wellington Eye Clinic
  • Ms. Elizabeth Coghlan, External Medical Person
  • Ms. Catherine Curran, Hospital GDPR Committee
  • Mr. Stephen McMahon, Lay Member
  • Ms. Ruth Whelan, Beacon Academy
  • Dr.  David Burke, Cardiologist

Administrator

Dr. Victoria McEneaney

 

Contact the Committee

 

Email:

ethics@beaconhospital.ie

 

Post:

FAO Dr. Victoria McEneaney, Research Ethics Committee Administrator, Beacon Academy, Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin 18