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Emeritus Professor
Department of Anatomy
CNZM Bsc(Hons) MB BS(Lond) DSc(W Aust) MD(Otago) FRSB FAS
Research summary
Research uses of human tissue – ethical analyses


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.


Jones, G. (2024). Change management meets biomedicine. Otago Daily Times, (11 June). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Jones, G. (2024). The university challenges heading our way. Otago Daily Times, (22 January). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Jones, G. (2024). Responding ethically when things go wrong: An object lesson on TV. Otago Daily Times, (16 April). Retrieved from Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Jones, D. G. (2024). Do religious and cultural considerations militate against body donation? An overview and a Christian perspective [Review]. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.2425 Journal - Research Article

Jones, D. G. (2024). [Review of the book Coming to faith through Dawkins: 12 essays on the pathway from New Atheism to Christianity]. Christian Perspectives on Science & Technology, 3. doi: 10.58913/LJKG1262 Journal - Research Other

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