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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Emeritus Professor Gareth Jones

PositionEmeritus Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsCNZM Bsc(Hons) MB BS(Lond) DSc(W Aust) MD(Otago) FRSB FAS
Research summaryResearch uses of human tissue – ethical analyses

Research

Research interests include human anatomy and ethics, including uses of human cadavers and tissues; neuroethics, including neuroimaging and dementia; stem cell technology, including induced pluripotent stem cells; artificial reproductive technologies, including developmental issues; enhancement and therapy; bioethics and theology.

Professor Jones has had a long involvement in anatomy. Until recent times little attention was given to any ethical dimensions surrounding the acquisition of bodies, such as the use of unclaimed bodies and bodies of the mentally ill. More recently there has been intense interest in retention of body parts, and this raises tensions between issues of informed consent and the availability of material for research. The extensive use of plastinated human material in teaching and research also raises difficult ethical questions, especially in terms of large public exhibitions of plastinated cadavers. Other questions of interest concern definitions of brain death and the status of the human embryo, the moral status of the blastocyst. Questions such as these can only be addressed by reference to the human body, in embryological, neurobiological and cell biological terms.

Publications

Jones, D. G., & King, M. R. (2017). Maintaining the anonymity of cadavers in medical education: Historic relic or educational and ethical necessity? Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(1), 87-97. doi: 10.1002/ase.1618

Jones, D. G. (2016). The world of cystic fibrosis: From diagnosis to dignity. In A. Picard & M. Habets (Eds.), Theology and the experience of disability: Interdisciplinary perspectives from voices down under. (pp. 21-31). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jones, D. G. (2016). Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 890-891). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Jones, D. G. (2016). The artificial world of plastination: A challenge to religious perspectives on the dead human body. New Bioethics, 22(3), 237-252. doi: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1238580

Jones, D. G. (2016). The changing face of the science-faith dialogue in a biomedical arena. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 68(3), 165-175.

Authored Book - Research

Jones, D. G. (2013). The peril and promise of medical technology. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 280p.

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Speaking for the dead: The human body in biology and medicine (2nd ed.). Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 296p.

Jones, G. (2007). Bioethics: When the challenges of life become too difficult. Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press, 255p.

Jones, D. G. (2005). Designers of the future: Who should make the decisions? Oxford, UK: Monarch Books, 256p.

Campbell, A., Gillett, G., & Jones, G. (2005). Medical ethics (4 ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press, 312p.

Jones, D. G. (2004). Human cloning: To fear or not to fear. Tauranga, New Zealand: AFFIRM, 31p.

Jones, D. G. (2001). Clones: The Clowns of Technology? United Kingdom: Paternoster Press, 189p.

Campbell, A. V., Gillett, G., & Jones, G. (2001). Medical Ethics (Third Edition). Australia: Oxford University Press.

Jones, D. G., Galvin, K., & Woodhouse, D. P. (2000). Universities as Critic and Conscience of Society: The Role of Academic Freedom. Wellington, NZ: NZ Universities Academic Audit Unit, 27p.

Jones, D. G. (2000). Speaking for the Dead: Cadavers in Biology and Medicine. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 275p.

Jones, D. G. (1999). Valuing People: human value in a world of medical technology. Cumbria, UK: Paternoster Press, 226p.

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Edited Book - Research

Jones, D. G., & Elford, R. J. (Eds.). (2010). A glass darkly: Medicine and theology in further dialogue. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 246p.

Elford, R. J., & Jones, D. G. (Eds.). (2009). A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue (Vol. 1). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 288p.

Jones, D. G., Tracey, D., Baume, P., Frith, J., Albertine, K. H., Garey, L., & Currie, R. W. (Eds.). (2000). Anatomica - The Complete Home Medical Reference. Auckland: David Bateman, 912p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Jones, D. G. (2016). The world of cystic fibrosis: From diagnosis to dignity. In A. Picard & M. Habets (Eds.), Theology and the experience of disability: Interdisciplinary perspectives from voices down under. (pp. 21-31). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jones, D. G. (2016). Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. In M. Davie, T. Grass, S. R. Holmes, J. McDowell & T. A. Noble (Eds.), New dictionary of theology: Historical and systematic. (2nd ed.) (pp. 890-891). London: Inter-Varsity Press. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Jones, D. G. (2015). Stem cells: Embryonic. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global bioethics. Springer International. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_401-1

Jones, D. G. (2014). Commentary: Therapy, enhancement, and eugenics. In A. Akabayashi (Ed.), The future of bioethics: International dialogues. (pp. 163-169). Oxford University Press.

Jones, D. G. (2014). Primary topic article: Neural repair as a case study in neuroethics. In A. Akabayashi (Ed.), The future of bioethics: International dialogues. (pp. 46-64). Oxford University Press.

Jones, D. G. (2014). Response to commentaries: The optimism of misguided ventures in repairing the brain. In A. Akabayashi (Ed.), The future of bioethics: International dialogues. (pp. 80-87). Oxford University Press.

Jones, G., & Whitaker, M. (2012). Transforming the human body. In C. Blake, C. Molloy & S. Shakespeare (Eds.), Beyond human: From animality to transhumanism. (pp. 254-279). London: Continuum.

King, M., Whitaker, M., & Jones, G. (2011). Speculative ethics: Valid enterprise or tragic cul-de-sac? In A. Rudnick (Ed.), Bioethics in the 21st Century. (pp. 139-158). InTech. doi: 10.5772/19684

Jones, D. G. (2011). The anatomy museum and mental illness: The centrality of informed consent. In C. Coleborne & D. MacKinnon (Eds.), Exhibiting madness in museums: Remembering psychiatry through collections and display. (pp. 161-177). New York: Routledge.

Jones, D. G. (2010). The biomedical technologies: Prospects and challenges. In D. G. Jones & R. J. Elford (Eds.), A glass darkly: Medicine and theology in further dialogue. (pp. 9-32). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G. (2010). Conclusion: The necessity of dialogue. In D. G. Jones & R. J. Elford (Eds.), A glass darkly: Medicine and theology in further dialogue. (pp. 211-238). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G. (2009). Introduction. In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 9-16). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G. (2009). Is PGD a form of eugenics? In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 143-161). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G. (2009). The human body: An anatomist's journey from death to life. In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 105-121). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G. (2009). Enhancement: Is baseless speculation misleading theologians and bioethicists? In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 123-142). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Scientific fraud: The demise of idealistic science. In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 89-104). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). In vitro fertilization and the embryonic revolution. In R. Luppicini & R. Adell (Eds.), Handbook of research on technoethics (Vol. II). (pp. 609-622). Hersey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Jones, D. G. (2009). Regulatory procedures. In R. J. Elford & D. G. Jones (Eds.), A tangled web: Medicine and theology in dialogue. (pp. 201-219). Oxford, UK: Peter Lang.

Jones, D. G., & Galvin, K. A. (2007). Human reproductive cloning. In R. E. Ashcroft, A. Dawson, H. Draper & J. R. McMillan (Eds.), Principles of health care ethics. (2nd ed.) (pp. 759-765). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Jones, D. G. (2006). Neuroscience and the modification of human beings. In C. Deane-Drummond & P. M. Scott (Eds.), Future perfect? God, medicine and human identity. (pp. 87-99). London, UK: T&T Clark International.

Jones, G. (2006). The human embryo: Its ambiguous nature. In M. Jeeves (Ed.), Human nature. (pp. 25-40). The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Towns, C. R., & Jones, D. G. (2006). Stem cells: Public policy and ethics [Reprinted from New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 5(1), 2004, pp. 22-28]. In M. Ruse & C. A. Pynes (Eds.), The stem cell controversy: Debating the issues. (2nd ed.) (pp. 329-341). Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Jones, D. G. (2004). The emergence of persons. In M. Jeeves (Ed.), From cells to souls - and beyond. Changing portraits of human nature. (pp. 11-33). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans.

Jones, D. G. (2004). A neurobiological portrait of the human person: Finding a context for approaching the brain. In J. B. Green (Ed.), What about the soul? Neuroscience and Christian anthropology. (pp. 31-46). Nashville: Abingdon Press.

Jones, D. G. (2003). Cloning, stem cell technology and genetic modification: Reinventing the human person. In M. L. Y. Chan & R. Chia (Eds.), Beyond determinism and reductionism: Genetic science and the person. (pp. 16-35). Adelaide: ATF Press.

Jones, D. G. (2001). Workplace ethics: Tightrope or bridge? In D. Mathieson (Ed.), Faith at Work. (pp. 61-79). Auckland: Castle Publications.

Jones, D. G. (2001). The contemporary world of bioethics: The demanding interface between science and christianity. In L. R. B. Mann (Ed.), Science and Christianity. (pp. 69-85). Auckland: University of Auckland Centre for Continuing Education.

Jones, D. G. (1998). Ethics principles: What of the future? In J. Goodall & K. Sanders (Eds.), Changing World - Unchanging Values. (pp. 216-226). Cambridge, UK: International Christian Medical & Dental Association.

Jones, D. G., & Harris, R. J. (1996). Synaptic plasticity: the relevance and limitations of morphological approaches. In C. K. Tan & E. A. Ling (Eds.), Perspectives in Neuroscience Research. (pp. 31-44). Singapore: Singapore Neuroscience Association.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Jones, D. G. (2011). Death, definition of. In J. B. Green, J. E. Lapsley, R. Miles & A. Verhey (Eds.), Dictionary of scripture and ethics. (pp. 205-206). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Jones, D. G. (2011). Introductory essay to Religion and the rise of modern science. In P. I. I. Das (Ed.), A companion to the ISSR library of science and religion. (pp. 413-414). Cambridge, UK: International Society for Science and Religion.

Jones, D. G. (2011). Introductory essay to Playing God? Genetic determinism and human freedom. In P. I. I. Das (Ed.), A companion to the ISSR library of science and religion. (pp. 341-342). Cambridge, UK: International Society for Science and Religion.

Jones, G. (2009). Borderlands. In R. J. Berry (Ed.), Real scientists: Real faith. (pp. 58-71). Oxford, UK: Monarch Books.

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Journal - Research Article

Jones, D. G., & King, M. R. (2017). Maintaining the anonymity of cadavers in medical education: Historic relic or educational and ethical necessity? Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(1), 87-97. doi: 10.1002/ase.1618

Jones, D. G. (2016). The artificial world of plastination: A challenge to religious perspectives on the dead human body. New Bioethics, 22(3), 237-252. doi: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1238580

Jones, D. G. (2016). The changing face of the science-faith dialogue in a biomedical arena. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 68(3), 165-175.

Jones, D. G. (2015). Genetic privacy and use of archival human material in genetic studies: Current perspectives. Medicolegal & Bioethics, 5, 43-52. doi: 10.2147/MB.S56057

Jones, D. G. (2015). In vitro fertilization and the destruction of embryos. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 37(3), 163-174.

Jones, D. G. (2015). Bridging the science-theology divide: Challenges posed by biomedical technology for Christian attitudes. Stimulus, 22(1), 4-13.

Singh, R., Tubbs, R. S., Gupta, K., Singh, M., Jones, D. G., & Kumar, R. (2015). Is the decline of human anatomy hazardous to medical education/profession? A review. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 37, 1257-1265. doi: 10.1007/s00276-015-1507-7

Subasinghe, S. K., & Jones, D. G. (2015). Human body donation programs in Sri Lanka: Buddhist perspectives. Anatomical Sciences Education, 8(5), 484-489. doi: 10.1002/ase.1525

Jones, D. G. (2014). Christian responses to challenging developments in biomedical science: The case of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Science & Christian Belief, 26(2), 143-164.

King, M. R., Whitaker, M. I., & Jones, D. G. (2014). I see dead people: Insights from the humanities into the nature of plastinated cadavers. Journal of Medical Humanities, 35(4), 361-376. doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9230-z

Jones, D. G. (2013). The importance of realism in assessing technological possibilities: The role of Christian thinking. ISCAST. Retrieved from http://www.iscast.org/journal/articles/Jones_G_2013-06_Realism

Jones, D. G. (2013). Moral enhancement as a technological imperative. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 65(3), 187-195.

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2012). Anatomy's use of unclaimed bodies: Reasons against continued dependence on an ethically dubious practice. Clinical Anatomy, 25(2), 246-254. doi: 10.1002/ca.21223

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. (2012). Reorienting bioethics by releasing it from any religious moorings. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(12), 24-26. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2012.719269

Jones, D. G. (2011). Academic leadership and departmental headship in turbulent times. Tertiary Education & Management, 17(4), 279-288. doi: 10.1080/13583883.2011.605906

Jones, D. G. (2011). Is multiple authorship in conceptual bioethics ethically sustainable? American Journal of Bioethics, 11(10), 30-32. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2011.603809

Jones, D. G. (2010). Abortion: An alternative to the conflict paradigm. Interface, 13(1&2), 11-21.

Jones, D. G. (2010). Peering into people's brains: Neuroscience's intrusion into our inner sanctum. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 62(2), 122-132.

Jones, D. G. (2009). Gauging public opinion towards the reproductive technologies. Kōtuitui, 4(3), 221-224. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2009.9522456

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Finding a context for discussing human life-extension. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(12), 77-79. doi: 10.1080/15265160903318376

Jones, D. G., King, M. R., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Who gets born? How did New Zealand's Bioethics Council arrive at its recommendations? [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1294). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1294/3585/content.pdf

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Engaging with plastination and the Body Worlds phenomenon: A cultural and intellectual challenge for anatomists. Clinical Anatomy, 22(6), 770-776. doi: 10.1002/ca.20824

Jones, D. G. (2008). Embryonic stem cells: How dogmatic should Christians be? Stimulus, 16(2), 11-15.

Jones, D. G., & Whitaker, M. I. (2007). The tenuous world of plastinates. American Journal of Bioethics, 7(4), 27-29.

Jones, D. G. (2007). Anatomical investigations and their ethical dilemmas. Clinical Anatomy, 20, 338-343.

Jones, D. G., & Galvin, K. A. (2006). Neural grafting in Parkinson's disease: Scientific and ethical pitfalls on the road from basic science to clinical reality. Research Communications in Biological Psychology, Psychiatry & Neurosciences, 30-31, 75-101.

Jones, D. G., & Towns, C. R. (2006). Navigating the quagmire: The regulation of human embryonic stem cell research. Human Reproduction, 21(5), 1113-1116.

Galvin, K. A., & Jones, D. G. (2006). Adult human neural stem cells for autologous cell replacement therapies for neurodegenerative disorders. NeuroRehabilitation, 21, 255-265.

Jones, D. G. (2006). Enhancement: Are ethicists excessively influenced by baseless speculations? Medical Humanities, 32, 77-81.

Jones, D. G. (2005). Genetic prospects: Finding a balance between choice and acceptance. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 57(3), 202-210.

Jones, D. G. (2005). Responses to the human embryo and embryonic stem cells: Scientific and theological assessments. Science & Christian Belief, 17(2), 199-222.

Towns, C. R., & Jones, D. G. (2004). Stem cells, embryos, and the environment: A context for both science and ethics. Journal of Medical Ethics, 30, 410-413.

Towns, C. R., & Jones, D. G. (2004). Stem cells: Public policy and ethics. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 5(1), 22-28.

Jones, D. G. (2004). Why should cloning and stem cell research be of interest to theologians? Interface, 7(2), 73-94.

Jones, D. G., Gear, R., & Galvin, K. A. (2003). Stored human tissue: An ethical perspective on the fate of anonymous, archival material. Journal of Medical Ethics, 29, 343-347.

Jones, D. G., Anderson, E. R., & Galvin, K. A. (2003). Spinal cord regeneration: Moving tentatively towards new perspectives. NeuroRehabilitation, 18, 339-351.

Jones, D. G. (2002). Biomedical manipulation: arguing the case for a cautiously optimistic stance. Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 54(2), 93-102.

Jones, D. G., Dias, G., Mercer, S. R., Zhang, M., & Nicholson, H. D. (2002). Clinical anatomy research in a research-driven anatomy department. Clinical Anatomy, 15, 228-232.

Jones, D. G., & Galvin, K. (2002). Retention of body parts: Reflections from anatomy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 267-269.

Jones, D. G. (2002). Re-inventing Anatomy: The impact of plastination on how we see the human body. Clinical Anatomy, 15, 436-440.

Mercer, S. R., Galvin, K., & Jones, D. G. (2002). Academic freedom in physiotherapy teaching. Physiotherapy, 88(5), 303-306.

Jones, D. G. (2002). The use of human tissue: An insider's view. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 3(2), 8-12.

Jones, D. G. (2002). Human cloning: A watershed for science and ethics? Science & Christian Belief, 14, 159-180.

Galvin, K. A., & Jones, D. G. (2002). Adult human neural stem cells for cell-replacement therapies in the central nervous system. Medical Journal of Australia, 177, 316-318.

Mercer, S. R., & Jones, D. G. (2002). Physiotherapists in a University environment: The challenge to the profession. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 30(3), 18-21.

Jones, D. G., & Sagee, S. (2001). Xenotransplantation: Hope or delusion? Biologist, 48(3), 129-132.

Jones, D. G., & Galvin, K. A. (2001). The brave new world of central nervous system regeneration. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114, 340-342.

Jones, D. G. (2000). What is Anatomy? Implications for anatomy as a discipline and for Clinical Anatomy as a journal. Clinical Anatomy, 13, 151-154.

Elkin, K., & Jones, D. G. (2000). Guthrie Cards: Legal and ethical issues. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 1(2), 22-26.

Johnson, G., Zhang, M., & Jones, D. G. (2000). The fine connective tissue architecture of the human ligamentum nuchae. Spine, 25(1), 5-9.

Jones, D. G. (2000). The human embryo: A reassessment of theological approaches in the light of scientific developments. Stimulus, 8(1), 38-45.

Jones, D. G. (1999). Genes, cloning and new birth technologies. Stimulus, 7(1), 42-47.

Jones, D. G. (1999). Research-based clinical anatomists: Response to 'AACA: Purpose, vitality and pride'. Clinical Anatomy, 12, 223-224.

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