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Associate Professor Mark Sheehan

Associate Professor Mark Sheehan

Overview of Ethics - Irish Citizens' Assembly

Q & A - Irish Citizens' Assembly

Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Public Lecture: Why Do PPI?

Should you involve patients and the public in research? Is it important for society to ensure patients and the public are involved in research at all or some of the stages in the research process?

Mark Sheehan

BA (Hons), MA (Hons)/BSc, PhD

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Ethics Fellow

  • Associate Professor
  • Research Fellow, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy

Mark Sheehan is Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Ethics Fellow at the Ethox Centre and a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in the Faculty of Philosophy.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from The City University of New York, where his PhD thesis was on the nature of moral judgements. Prior to his PhD, he received an MA (Hons) and a BA (Hons)/BSc from the University of Melbourne. Prior to coming to Oxford he was a lecturer in the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, Ethics Fellow at the Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York and Adjunct Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at The City College of New York.

He is a National Research Ethics Advisor for the National Research Ethics Service, a member of NICE’s Highly Specialised Technology Evaluation Committee, co-leader of the Ethical Analysis of Key Concepts GECiP sub-domain in the context of the 100K Genome Project and was recently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Group on research in children and. He is also a member of the Thames Valley Priorities Committee in the NHS. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Finally, he Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford.

As BRC Ethics Fellow, Mark is involved in Research Ethics and Governance as well as Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) across the Oxford NIHR BRC themes. This involvement includes discussions with researchers about research ethics issues in their work, collaborating on research proposals with ethical components and conducting research on issues in research ethics, ethics generally and PPI that engage with the research themes within the BRC.

Mark teaches a range sessions on research ethics across the University aimed primarily at practitioners and researchers. He also teaches Medical Ethics and Law to the Graduate Entry Medical students at the Medical School.

He has published in a broad range of bioethics and medical journals such as the Journal of Applied Philosophy, the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Cambridge Quarterly on Healthcare Ethics, the British Medical Journal and the American Journal of Bioethics. With colleagues from the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, he wrote an EU-funded textbook on research ethics (which can be downloaded from


Current Research Themes:

1.       Research Ethics and Governance

2.       Ethics and Reproductive Technologies

3.       Ethical issues in Resource Allocation

4.       Commercialisation and Health

5.       Methodology in Applied Ethics and Bioethics

Recent publications

More publications

Good to share? Data, research, privacy and the NHS

A video of an hour-long debate on issues around mass sharing of patient data to support research and improve patient care can now be viewed online. “Good to share? Data, research, privacy and the NHS” was held as part of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre’s Public Open Day – Celebrating Biomedical Research on April 21 at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The mediated debate featured Professor Martin Landray, Deputy Director of the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute; Carol Moore, Head of Projects, Healthwatch Oxfordshire and Professor Jim Davies, Professor of Software Engineering, University of Oxford, Frederica Lucivero, Marie Curie Research Fellow, King’s College London and Chair Dr Mark Sheehan, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Ethics Fellow at the Ethox Centre and a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Who cares about research integrity?

(audio file)