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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. (2017). Dead human bodies and embryos: Commonalities and disparities in ethical debate. In R. M. Shaw (Ed.), Bioethics beyond altruism: Donating and transforming human biological materials. (pp. 35-59). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55532-4_2

Jones, D. G. (2017). Bioethical aspects of commemorations and memorials. In G. Štrkalj & N. Pather (Eds.), Commemorations and memorials: Exploring the human face of anatomy. (pp. 15-25). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. doi: 10.1142/9789813143159_0002

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). 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 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.

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

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. (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. (2017). Dead human bodies and embryos: Commonalities and disparities in ethical debate. In R. M. Shaw (Ed.), Bioethics beyond altruism: Donating and transforming human biological materials. (pp. 35-59). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55532-4_2

Jones, D. G. (2017). Bioethical aspects of commemorations and memorials. In G. Štrkalj & N. Pather (Eds.), Commemorations and memorials: Exploring the human face of anatomy. (pp. 15-25). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. doi: 10.1142/9789813143159_0002

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 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. (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). 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, 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, 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.

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.

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. (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., & 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. (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). 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. (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., & 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.

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. (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.

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

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

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

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. (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

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

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

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

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

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). Finding a context for discussing human life-extension. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(12), 77-79. doi: 10.1080/15265160903318376

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

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

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

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

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

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. (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.

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

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

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., 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. (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.

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. (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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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