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Dr Oonagh Corrigan

Honorary University Fellow

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Role

My main areas of expertise are the Sociology of Health and Illness, and Socio-ethical aspects of Medicine and Health Policy.

Specific topics of interest include; Wellbeing, values in medicine and healthcare, consent, personalized medicine, genetics, clinical drug trials, bioethics, medical education, professionalism and the ‘ emotional work ’ of doctors and healthcare professionals.

 Methodology: Ethnographic methods, including observation, qualitative interviews, focus group interviews, visual methods, sensory methods and autoethnography.

 Theories: I have a long standing interest in Foucault in particular the work on governmentality as developed by Nicholas Rose and others. More recently I have become interested in the sociology of emotions and am reexamining some classic social theories such as those of Parsons, Goffman, and Simmel.

Qualifications

From

2008

To

2012

Position and Name/Address of Employer

Associate Professor, Sociology and Ethics of Medicine
Peninsula Medical School
Plymouth University

2005

2008

Senior Lecturer, Sociology
School of Law and Social Science
Plymouth University

2002

2005

Lecturer, Social Aspects of Human Genetics
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
University of Cambridge

2000

2002

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Wellcome Trust)
Department of Sociology
Goldsmiths’ College, University of London

Associate Professor, Sociology and  

Plymouth Universit

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Professional membership

British Sociological Association

Teaching interests

Selected Publications

Corrigan, O. P., Letherby, G and Brennan, N (Submitted) ‘Experiences of becoming a doctor: Doing emotional labour’, Health

 Corrigan, O. P., (2011) Personalized Medicine in a Consumer Age –Feature article. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine 9: 168-176 

Brice, J., and Corrigan, O. (2010) ‘The changing landscape of medical education in the UK’, Medical Teacher 32: 727–732.

Brenan, N., Corrigan, O.P., Allard, J., Archer, J., Bleakley, A., Barnes, R., Collett, T. and Regan de Bere, S. (2010). ‘From medical student to junior doctor: Today’s experiences of Tomorrow’s Doctors’. Medical Education. 44: 449–458*

Corrigan, O.P., Ellis, K., Bleakley, A. and Brice, J. (2010) Quality in Medical Education. In Swanwick, T. (ed.) Understanding Medical Education. London: Wiley-Blackwell. p.379-391

Corrigan, O.P. and Pinchen, I. (2009) Tomorrow’s Doctors, a Changing Profession: Reformation in the UK Medical Education System. In Brosnan, C. and Turner, B.(eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education. Oxford: Taylor and Francis. p. 242-260

Corrigan, O.P. andTutton, R. (2009) Biobanks and the challenges of governance, legitimacy and benefit. In Atkinson, P. Glasner, P., and Lock M. (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era, London: Routledge, p.302-318

Corrigan, O.P., McMillan, J., Liddell , K., Richards, M., & Weijer, C. (eds.) (2009) The Limits of Consent: A Socio-ethical Approach to Human Subject Research in Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Corrigan, O.P. (2008) Genetics and Social Theory in Turner, B. (ed.) The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. London: Wiley-Blackwell http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405169001,descCd-tableOfContents.html

Corrigan, O.P., & Petersen, A. (2008) UK Biobank: Bioethics as a technology of governance in Gottweis, H. and Petersen, A. (eds.) Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective. London and New York: Routledge, p.143-158

Corrigan, O. P., McMillan, J., and Weijer, C. (2008) ‘Introduction’ in Oonagh Corrigan, John McMillan, Kathleen Liddell, Martin Richards & Charles Weijer (eds.) (2009) The Limits of Consent: A Socio-ethical Approach to Human Subject Research in Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press, P. 1-9

Corrigan, O.P. (2008) 'Informed consent in operation'. In Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Corrigan, O.P., & Petersen, A. (2008) UK Biobank: Bioethics as a technology of governance in Gottweis, H. and Petersen, A. (eds.) Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective. London and New York: Routledge, p.143-158

 Others; policy reports, dictionary entries and journal commentaries

Archer, J., Regan De Bere, S., Clark, J., Corrigan, O., and Nunn, S. (2012) Revalidation in Policy, A Report for the Health Foundation. 

Corrigan, O. and Brennan, N. (2010) Longitudinal Evaluation of South West Peninsula Deanery F1 Doctors. End of Study Report.


Research interests

 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Completed PhDs:

2010 Supervisor for Lili Gao. Title: The development of ‘thinking as a doctor’ in medical students through multi-professional team placements. PhD Medical Education, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter.  

2008 Director of Studies for Eric Jensen. Title: The Human Cloning Debate in the US and the UK. PhD, Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.                                                                                            

2008 Director of Studies for Shirlene Badger. Title: A genetic diagnosis of obesity: social and moral experiences of the body and responsibility in childhood’ PhD Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.

Grants & contracts

Research Grant Income

Peninsula Medical School

2010-2013 

PhD Studentship funding. An exploration of the contemporary working life and professionalism of general practitioners.

£58,166

The Health Foundation

2010-2011

Co-applicant

What is Revalidation in Policy?

£82,519

London Deanery

2008-2010

Co-applicant Development of evaluation tool for postgraduate supervisors.

£58,000

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

2009

Principal Applicant

MMC, Modernising Medical Careers Study.

£7,000

South West Peninsula Deanery and PCMD

2008-2009

Principal Applicant

Longitudinal Evaluation of Peninsula Medical School Graduates (F1 doctors study).

£60,000

Leverhulme Trust

2007-2008

Principal Applicant Study Abroad Fellowship, Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia.

£21,000

W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC

2007

Research Stipend

£3,000

Wellcome Trust

2005

Conference Grant

After Consent: A Socio-ethical Approach to Human Subject Research in Medicine.

£3,000

Wellcome Trust

2004

Working Launch Workshop

Genetic Databases: Socio-ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA

£5,000

Wellcome Trust

2000-2003

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship The socio-cultural and ethical implications of innovative genetic-based drug development

£97,000

Creative practice & artistic projects

 2001: Workshop leader on genetics and ethics for the Wellcome Trust’s national schools theatre initiative, Science CentreStage, The Waterfront, Belfast, Oct.

Research groups

  • Health

 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles: 
Brice, J., and Corrigan, O. (2010) ‘The changing landscape of medical education in the UK’, Medical Teacher 32: 727–732 

Brenan, N., Corrigan, O.P., Allard, J., Archer, J., Bleakley, A., Barnes, R., Collett, T. and Regan de Bere, S. (2010). From medical student to junior doctor: Today’s experiences of Tomorrow’s Doctors. Medical Education. 44: 449–458 

Corrigan, O.P. (2008) 'Informed consent in operation'. In Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Corrigan, O.P . and Williams-Jones, B. (2006) ‘Pharmacogenetics: the bioethical problem of DNA investment banking’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 37: 549-564

Corrigan, O.P. and Tutton, R. (2006) ‘What’s in a name? Subjects, volunteers, participants and activists in clinical research.  Clinical Ethics. 1(2): 101-104

Corrigan, O.P. (2006) Biobanks: can they overcome controversy and deliver on their promise to unravel the origins of common diseases? [Commentary] Medical Education. 40: 500-502

Corrigan, O.P. (2005) Pharmacogenetics, ethical issues: review of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Report. [Commissioned review article] Journal of Medical Ethics. 31:144-148

Corrigan, O.P. (2003) Empty ethics: the problem with informed consent. Sociology of Health and Illness, 25(7): 768-92.

Williams-Jones, B. & Corrigan, O.P. (2003) Rhetoric and hype: where’s the ‘ethics’ in pharmacogenomics? American Journal of Pharmacogenomics, 3(6): 375-383.

Corrigan, O. P. (2002) A risky business: the detection of adverse drug reactions in clinical trials and post-marketing exercises, Social Science and Medicine 55(3): 497-507.

Corrigan, O. P. (2002) ”First in man”: the politics and ethics of women in clinical drug trials’, Feminist Review 72: 40-52. 

Edited Books: 
Corrigan, O.P., McMillan, J., Liddell , K., Richards, M., & Weijer, C. (eds.) (2009) The Limits of Consent: A Socio-ethical Approach to Human Subject Research in Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press 

Tutton, R. & Corrigan, O.P. (eds.) (2004) Genetic Databases: Socio-ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA, London: Routledge.

 Book Chapters: 
Corrigan, O.P., Ellis, K., Bleakley, A. and Brice, J. (2010) Quality in Medical Education. In Swanwick, T. (ed.) Understanding Medical Education. London: Wiley-Blackwell. p.379-391

Corrigan, O.P. and Pinchen, I. (2009) Tomorrow’s Doctors, a Changing Profession: Reformation in the UK Medical Education System. In Brosnan, C. and Turner, B.(eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education. Oxford: Taylor and Francis. p. 242-260

Corrigan, O.P. andTutton, R. (2009) Biobanks and the challenges of governance, legitimacy and benefit. In Atkinson, P. Glasner, P., and Lock M. (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era, London: Routledge, p.302-318 

Corrigan, O.P. (2008) Genetics and Social Theory in Turner, B. (ed.) The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. London: Wiley-Blackwell http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405169001,descCd-tableOfContents.html 

Corrigan, O.P., & Petersen, A. (2008) UK Biobank: Bioethics as a technology of governance in Gottweis, H. and Petersen, A. (eds.) Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective. London and New York: Routledge, p.143-158

Corrigan, O.P. (2005) ‘Informed consent: the contradictory ethical safeguards in pharmacogenomics’ in Redclift, N. and Gibbon, S. (eds.) Genetics: Critical Concepts in Social and Cultural Theory. London: Routledge

Corrigan, O. P. (2005) ‘Morality, risk and informed consent in clinical drug trials’, In Redclift, N. (ed.) Contesting Moralities: Science, Identity, Conflict, London: UCL Press, p. 59-74 

Corrigan, O.P. (2004) Informed consent: the contradictory ethical safeguards in pharmacogenetics. In Tutton, R. and Corrigan, O. P. (eds.) Genetic Databases: Socio-ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA, London: Routledge, p. 78-96. 

Tutton, R. & Corrigan, O.P. (2004) Public participation in genetic databases. In Tutton, R. and Corrigan, O. P. (eds.) Genetic Databases: Socio-ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA, London: Routledge, p. 1-18.

Corrigan, O. P. (2003) ‘The limitations of current ethical regulations’ in Abraham, J. Towse, A., and Lawton-Smith, H. (eds.) Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Industry, London: Palgrave, p.195-211.

Others:
Corrigan, O.P. (2006) ‘Genetics’, 4,000 word entry in Bryan Turner (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 235-240.

Corrigan, O.P. (2006) ‘Biotechnology’, 1,000 word entry in Bryan Turner (ed.) Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 38-40.

Corrigan, O.P., Liddell, K., McMillan, J., Stewart, A., and Wallace, S. (2005) Ethical, legal and social issues in stem cell research and therapy [briefing paper], Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park

Corrigan, O.P., and Williams-Jones, B. (2003) Consent is not enough…putting incompetent patients first in clinical trials. [Commentary] The Lancet, 361(9375): 2096-2097.

Reports & invited lectures

Invtited International Presentations & Keynote addresses 
'Too Much Medicine? [Presentation.] Prato Healthy Living Conference, Monash University, Prato Conference Centre, Italy June 23-27 2009. 

‘Revisiting Illich’, [Present and journal paper discussion] Division of Medical Education Journal Club, Universiry of Michigan, USA. 29th October 2008.

'Vulnerability and Consent’, [presentation] Bioethics Seminar, at School of Medicine,Universiry of Michigan, USA. 29th October 2008.

'Vulnerability and Consent’, [Presentation] The Centring of the Human Subject Advisory Board Meeting, The Listel Hotel Vancouver, Canada, 24th October 2008

‘UK Biobank: New Risks for Bioethics’, [presentation] Centre for Healthy Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, 7th Nov 2007.

‘UK Biobank’s Model Governance and Ethics’, [Presentation] Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics Seminar Series, UBC, Canada, 20th Sept 2007.

‘Social science: an international perspective’, [Presentation] Public Policy and the Governance of Human Genetic Databases Symposium University of Western Australia, Perth, 30th Nov 2006. 

'Biobanks and the 'Social Turn' in Bioethics' [Public lecture] for Public Policy and the Governance of Human Genetic Research Databases Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth, Nov 29th 2006.   

'Property matters: public and private ventures in human genetic databases’ [Presentation] Human Biotechnology and Public Trust Conference, Centre for Law and Genetics and the Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society, Melbourne, Nov 24th 2006.

‘Broad and Thin Consent: Relations of Fragile Trust in the Collection of Human Tissue’ [Key note address] Information-Based Decision-Making in the Medical Context Workshop of the TRAFO* project “Informed Consent: Space of Negotiation between Biomedicine and Society”, Department of Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna, Sept 15th 2006.

'UK Biobank: Governing Science and Society', [Presentation] Conference on Biobanks: “Biobank Governance in Comparative Perspective: Strategies - Ethics - Resistance”, Political Science Department, University of Vienna, June 19th 2006. 

‘Pills, experiments and panaceas: informed consent in clinical drug trials’ [Presentation] The Emanuel and Robert Hart Lecture Series, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, United States, March 1999.

Other academic activities

Public Service

 2010: Sociology of Health and Illness new writer’s prize judge. 

2009: Invited to attend GMC meeting/consultation on forthcoming update of Tomorrow’s Doctors policy guidance. 

2007 Invited as independent Chair for Public meeting of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council, 3rd December 2007, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 

2005-2007 Co-convener BSA Medical Sociology Group and Book prize award judge.

2003-2005 Member of Clinical Ethics Forum, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2001: Workshop leader on genetics and ethics for the Wellcome Trust’s national schools theatre initiative, Science CentreStage, The Waterfront, Belfast, Oct. 

1997–1999: Chair, West Essex LREC (Health Authority Local Research Ethics Committee)

Media Consultation 

2010: Interviewed by presenter Belinda Dixon on Good Morning Devon about ethical issues relating to Muslim patients not taking treatment during Ramadam, 18th July 2010.

2003: Ethics and Pharmacogenomics, by Karen Smith, Horizon, The Naked Scientist Online Corporate Liason Office, University of Cambridge (review article) http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/Columnists/karensmithcolumn1.htm

2004: Consent Rules in EU Clinical Trial Directive Triggers Concern, The Lancet (News article) Vol. 363 March 6, p. 785