Prof Declan Devane

  • Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland
  • Scientific Director of Cochrane Ireland
  • Scientific Director of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network.
  • Chair in Health Research Methodology, NUI Galway
  • Deputy Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway


Declan trained as a nurse and a midwife, meandered (with the help of opportunity, interest and luck) his way into trial methodology and evidence synthesis and his work now focusses on a blend across randomised trials and synthesising evidence across a number of clinical areas.

He has published over 233 papers (h-index 41 Scopus, jan 2022) including numerous Cochrane systematic reviews. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of national and international Trial Steering Committees and Data Monitoring Boards.  He is an Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and has authored dozens of systematic reviews. 
Declan has been awarded over €€16 million in research funding as PI including 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), the Health Services Executive (Ireland) and the EU. 


Use of core outcome sets was low in clinical trials published in major medical journals
Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Kerry Avery, Jane M Blazeby. Declan Devane et al; Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2022-02 | Journal article, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.10.012

Evidence synthesis summary formats for clinical guideline development group members: a mixed-methods systematic review protocol.
Melissa K. Sharp, Barrie Tyner, Dayang Anis Binti Awang Baki , Cormac Farrell, Declan Devane et al; HRB Open Research 2021-07-15 | Journal article DOI: 10.12688/hrbopenres.13325.1