Dr Pauline McCormack
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: pauline.mccormack@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3261
  • Address: PEALS (Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences) Research Centre
    Newcastle University
    4th Floor Claremont Bridge
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

Roles and Responsibilities

Pauline is a medical sociologist with a background in education, social policy and participatory methods. Her research encompasses: patient experiences of medical technologies, translational research and clinical trials; patient participation; and bioethics, with particular interests in notions of power and the patient voice @paulinemacco

She has worked empirically on several rare disease projects such as RD-CONNECT100,000 Genomes Project and TREAT-NMD. She is also working on 'When technology fails patients', exploring the experiences of patients with failed metal-on-metal hip replacements @metalhip_ncl

Publications: e-prints service

Qualifications

EdD Education, Newcastle University 'Fortress Education: a study of widening participation at an elite UK university'
MSc Computing Science, Newcastle University
BA (Hons) Classical Studies, Newcastle University

Previous Posts

  • Senior Research Associate, PEALS, Newcastle University
  • Lecturer, Open University
  • Curriculum Development Officer, Newcastle University
  • Production Manager, Lily Hill Theatre Company, Galway
  • Research Associate, Institute of Education, London
  • SINE Project Director, Newcastle University
  • Learning Technology Co-ordinator, Newcastle University
  • Humanities Computing Project Manager, Glasgow University


Research Interests

Pauline's publications are available at from Newcastle University's e-prints service.

Pauline's research interests are in medical sociology particularly, social and ethical approaches to new technologies, patient activism, and how policy translates to individuals. She often works in the field of rare diseases, investigating patient/patient advocates' experiences of new drug developments and technologies, particularly genomics.

Esteem Indicators

Co-lead (with Simon Woods) Genomics England Patient Involvement implementation group 2015-

Invited expert: Nuffield Council on Bioethics ‘Neurotechnologies and registries’ workshop 2013, London, UK 

Invited presenter: Nuffield Council on Bioethics ‘Children and research’ working party 2013, London, UK

Invited speaker: Evidence Live13 "Are patients just pound signs?": perspectives of people with failed metal on metal hip implants, Oxford, UK

Chairperson Rare Disease Patient and Ethics Council 2012-

Speaker: expert workshop for newborn screening in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, 2012, Naarden, Netherlands

Submission/publication of evidence to UK Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry on Medical Device Regulation, 2012, London, UK

Funding

2016 Wellcome Trust Small Grant £5,000

2015 Faculty Small Bids & SAgE £8,000

2013 GPS Research Fund & MSE £4,000

2011 Faculty Research Fund £3,800; EPSRC Impact Fund £36,000 (PI T J Joyce)

2010 GPS Technical Training £500

2004 PI on SINE Project, £390,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund

Projects

Current teaching includes lectures on:

MRes Neuromuscular Disorders

Previous teaching:

Sociology module Investigating the Body

Bioethics for Bioengineering - Newcastle University

Lecturer on MA Educational Enquiry - Open University

Module Leader Student Tutoring Masters level - Newcastle University

I have 20 years of experience teaching in education; historical/humanities computing; learning technologies and of supervising Masters' dissertations.