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Professor Declan Devane

Professor Declan Devane Professor Declan Devane is Chair of Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Professor Devane has a particular interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care and on methods of fetal monitoring including cardiotocography and intermittent auscultation. His methodological areas of expertise are randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Declan is an Associate Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, an Associate Senior Lecturer with the UK Cochrane Centre and an author of numerous Cochrane systematic reviews. He is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Expert Network of Research Advisors; a former member of the Midwifery Committee of An Bord Altranais (National Nursing and Midwifery regulatory board for Ireland), a member of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) National Advisory Group and a member of the National Midwifery Network of the Health Service Executive (HSE). Declan is also a member of the Editorial Board or Advisory Panel of a number of international peer review journals in the area of maternity care and women’s health.

He holds or has held awards from the Health Research Board (Ireland), Department of Health and Children (Ireland), National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (Ireland), Royal College of Midwives (UK) and the Health Services Executive (Ireland). Prof. Devane is Principal investigator for the Irish arm of the OptiBIRTH trial, which is an EU Commission FP7 Framework Programme (HEALTH 2012 3.2-1 call) funded cluster randomised trial in Ireland, Germany, and Italy.