Ethics and Safety Review Group (ESRG)

The Ethics and Safety Review Group (see WP schema) will serve as the main vehicle for progressing all study related issues concerning the conduct of the trial.  It will monitor study recruitment, follow-up, ADR ascertainment, Patient Safety and AE reporting.  It will communicate by phone/video conferences as needed for the reports that are due every six months during the trial or when a meeting is requested due to ethical and safety concerns. The ESRG consists of 3 independent experts with combined expertise in research ethics, geriatrics and pharmacotherapy.

Prof. Dr. Shaun O’Keeffe

Prof. Dr. Shaun O’Keeffe is a consultant physician in Geriatric Medicine at Merlin Park Hospital Galway. He holds a clinical senior lecturer appointment with National University of Ireland, Galway. He has extensive experience and a special interest in Ethics and the Law as it applies to older people. He has a wide range of research publications. He held the position of Chairman of the Irish Society of Physicians in Geriatric Medicine (ISPGM) until 2013. He currently represents the ISPGM on the full board of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS). He is an advisor to the Law Reform Commission of Ireland on issues relating to mental capacity of older people, including the preparation of the recently published report entitled ‘Vulnerable Adults and the Law’, which has a major influence on the preparation of the new Mental Health Act in Ireland (currently in draft stage, 2014). Contact

Prof. Dr. Deirdre Madden

Deirdre Madden

Dr. Deirdre Madden is Professor in Law in University College Cork, Ireland with research interests and publications primarily in the area of medical law and ethics. Her books include (Kluwer 2010, 2nd ed. 2013) and (Bloomsbury 2nd ed. 2011). Dr Madden was author of the Report on Post-Mortem Practice and Procedure (2005), and Chairperson of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance which published its Report in July 2008. Dr. Madden was also a member of the Expert Group on the Implementation of the judgment and she chaired the National Consent Advisory Group which produced the National Consent Policy for the HSE in 2013. Dr. Madden was appointed to the Medical Council in 2004 and was a member of the Fitness to Practise Committee and Chairperson of the Ethics Working Group of the Council until 2013. She was appointed in 2013 to CORU, the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. Dr. Madden is also currently a member of the National Patient Safety Advisory Group, the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics, the National Council of the Forum on End-of-Life, and HIQA’s Research Advisory Group. In addition to participation in a number of European research projects, Dr. Madden is also an expert evaluator for the European Commission and an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center in the United States. Contact

Mr. Robin Webster

Mr Robin Webster recently stepped down as Chief Executive of Age Action Ireland, a post he held since its establishment in 1992. Age Action Ireland is the leading national advocacy body on ageing and older people in Ireland. Its main aim is to improve the quality of life of all older people, especially those who are most frail and vulnerable, by combating discrimination and promoting equality and justice for people of all ages. He is a social science graduate, with post-graduate qualifications in education, social work and gerontology. He has wide experience of adult education, community development, social planning and social work through his professional and voluntary work. For over 35 years, his main interests have been ageing and older people with a particular interest in social policy. His previous positions include Director of AONTAS (the National Association of Adult Education in Ireland), Director of Age Concern Scotland, National Development Officer for the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College, Dublin, Lecturer in Gerontology, the Open University in Ireland and HM Inspector of Schools (Further Education) in the Scottish Education Department. Contact

Dr. Liam Plant

Liam Plant

Dr. Plant is a Consultant Renal Physician at Cork University Hospital. Between 2003 and 2009 he was Chair of the National Strategic Review of Renal Services. Since 2009 he has been the National Clinical Director of the HSE National Renal Office (NRO) in Ireland with responsibility for planning, co-coordinating and managing the strategic framework of Renal Services across the country. Contact