Committee Chair:

Dr Daryl Freeman


  • George Christoff
  • Andrew McIvor
  • Mark FitzGerald
  • Todor Popov
  • Richard Russell
  • John Blakey
  • Omar Usmani
  • Nicolas Roche
  • Patrick Souverein
  • Bernardino Alcazar
  • Mihaela Stefan
  • Jenni Quint
  • Andrew Wilson
  • Elizabeth Kern
  • Job van Boven
  • Miguel Roman-Rodríguez
  • Fabrizio Luppi
  • Jens Søndergaard
  • Aji Barot
  • Alexandra Dima

The Anonymised Data Ethics & Protocol Transparency (ADEPT) Committee is commissioned by the Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG) to review database research protocols for their scientific quality and rigour. To date, the Committee has reviewed protocols for the OPCRD, iHARP and NOSTRADATA. The Committee’s aim is to ensure database research is clinically appropriate and continues to bring genuine value to patients, public health and healthcare.

The committee seeks counsel from a wide range of independent researchers with appropriate clinical, statistical, epidemiological and/or database expertise.

The ADEPT review process involves evaluation of database protocols in terms of their fulfilment of the following key criteria:

  • Practice and patient confidentiality will be maintained
  • There is a well-defined hypothesis or clear question to be addressed
  • The proposed databases are suitable for the research
  • The methodology is considered appropriate and robust
  • There is scientific and academic rigor

Each protocol is assigned to 2-3 members of the committee for review, and further reviewed by the committee chairperson. Reviews are requested within 2-weeks of receipt. The review process is supported by the team at Cambridge Research Support (CRS).

Click here for the Standard Operating Procedure of the ADEPT Committee

Applications may be submitted to the Research Co-ordinator at any time.
To submit protocols, questionnaires and CVs please download the ADEPT Application Form and submit online using the form below.