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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Cindy Towns

PositionHonorary Senior Lecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsBSc(High Hons) MB ChB PhD
Research summaryBioethics, health policy, general medicine, and geriatrics
MembershipsSpecialist Advisory Committee for Geriatrics, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
ClinicalInternal medicine and geriatrics

Research

My research interests are broad. My PhD analysed the scientific, ethical and regulatory issues pertaining to stem cell research and resulted in 3 publications.

I have co-authored a paper on the prevalence of walking to school with reference to childhood obesity and also published a critique of Don Brash's original and highly controversial Orewa Speech. We argue that it was misleading and risked further undermining Maori Health.

In terms of medicine I have co-authored a case report on New Zealand's first case of extensively drug resistant Tuberculosis and am the primary investigator for the Dunedin site of the ISOPP study – an international study examining differences in prescribing practices for pain in medical in-patients.

I have just finished a paper, co-authored with Professor Dave Gerrard, on blood doping which is under review with an Australian journal.

Publications

Burden, M., Keniston, A., Wallace, M. A., Busse, J. W., Casademont, J., Chadaga, S. R., … Towns, C. R., … Albert, R. K. (2019). Opioid utilization and perception of pain control in hospitalized patients: A cross-sectional study of 11 sites in 8 countries. Journal of Hospital Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3256

Towns, C. R. (2017). The science and ethics of cell-based therapies for Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 34, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2016.10.012

MacKenzie, E., Towns, C., Tiong, I. S., & Petrich, S. (2015). Primary endometrial uterine Burkitt lymphoma in a 65-year-old woman. Gynecologic Oncology Reports, 13, 30-32. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2015.05.003

Towns, C. R., & Gerrard, D. F. (2014). A fool's game: Blood doping in sport. Performance Enhancement & Health, 3(1), 54-58. doi: 10.1016/j.peh.2014.11.001

Yelavich, S., Towns, C., Burt, R., Chow, K., Donohue, R., Sani, H. S. H., Taylor, K., Gray, A., Eberhart-Phillips, J., & Reeder, A. I. (2008). Walking to school: Frequency and predictors among primary school children in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1271). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1271/2976/content.pdf

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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Journal - Research Article

Burden, M., Keniston, A., Wallace, M. A., Busse, J. W., Casademont, J., Chadaga, S. R., … Towns, C. R., … Albert, R. K. (2019). Opioid utilization and perception of pain control in hospitalized patients: A cross-sectional study of 11 sites in 8 countries. Journal of Hospital Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3256

Towns, C. R., & Gerrard, D. F. (2014). A fool's game: Blood doping in sport. Performance Enhancement & Health, 3(1), 54-58. doi: 10.1016/j.peh.2014.11.001

Yelavich, S., Towns, C., Burt, R., Chow, K., Donohue, R., Sani, H. S. H., Taylor, K., Gray, A., Eberhart-Phillips, J., & Reeder, A. I. (2008). Walking to school: Frequency and predictors among primary school children in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1271). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1271/2976/content.pdf

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

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

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.

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Journal - Research Other

Towns, C. R. (2017). The science and ethics of cell-based therapies for Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 34, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2016.10.012

MacKenzie, E., Towns, C., Tiong, I. S., & Petrich, S. (2015). Primary endometrial uterine Burkitt lymphoma in a 65-year-old woman. Gynecologic Oncology Reports, 13, 30-32. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2015.05.003

Towns, C., Watkins, N., Salter, A., Boyd, P., & Parkin, L. (2004). The Orewa speech: Another threat to Maori health? [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1205). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1205/1145/content.pdf

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