The Ethics Advisory Board (EAB)

Main task

The HIP Trial EAB will consist of participants and experts with strong interests or background in medical ethical issues. They will observe all issues that are relevant to ethics in human studies, and will deal with all issues that have relevance in this context. Where in doubt specialised advice will be obtained from national or local ethics committees and/or data protection authorities.


Deirdre Madden
Deirdre Madden

Dr Deirdre Madden

Dr Deirdre Madden is a graduate of University College Cork, National University of Ireland (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.

Dr Madden is a member of a number of national and international committees and research projects related to medical law and ethics, and is also a Fellow of the Hastings Center in the United States.



David Smith
David Smith

Prof. Dr David Smith

Dr David Smith is Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Director of the MSc in Health Care Ethics and Law in RCSI and RCSI Bahrain, Medical University of Bahrain.

Dr Smith lectures on Health Care Ethics in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Hibernia College. He is an Ethics Consultant to the Bon Secours Health System, Daughters of Charity Services for People with Intellectual Disability, Mercy University Hospital, Beaumont University Hospital, Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary Services, and the Church of Ireland's Ethics Committee. He was a member of the Irish Council for Bioethics. He is a member of the Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice.

Currently, he is a member of the International Association of Bioethics, the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine, the Health Care Ethics Working Party of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice, the European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC), the Ethics Review Group of the Irish Medical Council, the National Council of the Forum on End of Life in Ireland and the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics.

Dr Smith is a member of a number of Research Ethics Committees in Ireland and the United Kingdom and has written on business and health-care ethics. Recently, he has completed in conjunction with University College Cork "End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law", an ethical framework for end-of-life care.


Daniel Nuzum
Daniel Nuzum

Daniel Nuzum

Daniel Nuzum is a parent member of the EAB. Daniel is the proud father of twin boys Rory and Killian who were born prematurely and spent 8 weeks in a neonatal unit. Daniel brings the perspective of parents to this exciting project.

Daniel now works as a Healthcare Chaplain and Spiritual Carer at Cork University Maternity Hospital, is a member of the Neonatal Developmental Care Committee and is currently a PhD student in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University College Cork researching the spiritual and pastoral dimensions of stillbirth.

Dr Keelin O'Donoghue