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David Albert Jones is Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford; he was appointed in 2010. He is also a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University and a Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Professor Jones read Natural Sciences and Philosophy at Cambridge (1984-1987), and Theology at Oxford (1992-2000). In 2002 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University, Twickenham where he helped establish an MA in Bioethics. Subsequently, he was appointed Professor in Bioethics and co-founded the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies. Professor Jones's doctorate was published as Approaching the End: a theological exploration of death and dying (Oxford University Press, 2007). His previous book The Soul of the Embryo: An enquiry into the status of the human embryo in the Christian tradition (Continuum, 2004) was short-listed for the Michael Ramsey Prize.

He is Vice-Chair of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee, an examiner for the Society of Apothecaries Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine, and serves on the steering group of the End of Life Care Audit - Dying in Hospital. He is a member of the Health and Social Care Advisory Group and the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and is a member of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE) Working Group on Ethics in Research and Medicine. In 2009 he was a member of a working party of the General Medical Council which helped draft its 2010 guidance on Treatment and Care Towards the End of Life and was also on the National Reference Group of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient. He has contributed to a number of documents of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, including A Practical Guide to the Spiritual Care of the Dying Person (CTS, 2010). His most recent book, co-authored with Stephen Barrie, is Thinking Christian Ethos: the meaning of Catholic education (CTS, 2015).

Selected publications (not mentioned above)

Books, booklets and reports

On the ethics of organ transplantation: a Catholic perspective, the report of a working party Oxford: Anscombe Bioethics Centre, 2014 (contributor and co-editor with M. Jarmulowicz et al.).

Chimera's Children: Ethical, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Human-Nonhuman Experimentation London: Continuum, 2012 (co-editor with C. MacKellar).

Healthcare Allocation and Justice: Applying Catholic Social Teaching London: CTS, 2010 (with P. Gately and A. Beck).

Angels: A history Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, Very Short Introduction edition 2011.

The Mental Capacity Act and 'Living Wills': a practical guide for Catholics London: CTS, 2008 (contributor and co-editor).

Living Life to the Full: An Introduction to the Moral and Social Teaching of the Catholic Church Oxford: Family Publications, 2001; Slovak translation, 2010; London: CTS Year of Faith edition 2013, under the title Living Life to the Full: An Introduction to Christian Morality.

Christianity: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith Oxford: Family Publications, 1999, German translation 2000; Japanese translation 2001; Sydney: World Youth Day edition 2007; London: CTS Year of Faith edition 2012.

Chapters in books/encyclopedia articles

'Is dignity language useful in bioethical discussion of assisted suicide and abortion?' in C. McCrudden (ed.) Understanding Human Dignity London: British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2013.

'Death by Equivocation: A manifold definition of terminal sedation' in S. Sterckx et al (eds.) Continuous Sedation at the End of Life: Ethical Perspectives Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

'A Good Death' in P. Gilbert (ed.) Spirituality and End of Life Care Brighton: Pavilion, 2013.

'Respecting Patients' Religious Beliefs' in C. Cowley (ed.) Reconceiving Medical Ethics London: Continuum, 2012.

'Christian Ethics, Roman Catholic' in R. Chadwick (ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics 2nd edition Elsevier Press, 2012.

'Incapacity and personhood: respecting the non-autonomous self' in H. Watt (ed.) Incapacity and Care: Controversies in healthcare and research London: The Linacre Centre, 2009.

'An Unfounded Diagnosis: Challenges to the Medical and Metaphysical Justifications of "Brain Death"' in John P. Lizza (ed.) Persons at the Beginning and End of Life: Readings on Personal Identity and Bioethics Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

'John Paul II and Moral Theology' in G. O'Collins and M. Hayes (eds.) The Legacy of Pope John Paul II London: Continuum, 2008.

'The Encounter with Suffering in the Practice of Medicine in the Light of Christian Revelation' in L Gormally (ed.) Issues for a Catholic Bioethic London: The Linacre Centre 1999.

Journal Articles

'How does legalization of physician assisted suicide affect rates of suicide?', Southern Medical Journal [forthcoming] (with D Paton)

'The other woman: Evaluating the language of "three parent" embryos', Clinical Ethics [forthcoming]

'Human dignity in healthcare: A virtue ethics approach', New Bioethics 2015, 21.1: 87-97.

'Magisterial teaching on vital conflicts: a reply to Rev Kevin Flannery SJ', National Catholic Bioethics Quarterl 2014, 14.1: 81-104.

'Doctors, dying children and religious parents: dialogue or demonisation?', Clinical Ethics March 2013, 8.1:2-4 (with D.R Katz and J. Wyatt)

'Aquinas as an advocate of abortion?: the appeal to "delayed animation" in contemporary Christian ethical debates on the human embryo', Studies in Christian Ethics February 2013, 26.1:97-124

'The "special status" of the human embryo in the United Kingdom: an exploration of the use of language in public policy', Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 17.1:66-83.

'Loss of faith in brain death: Catholic controversy over the determination of death by neurological criteria', Clinical Ethics 2012, 7: 133-141. doi: 10.1258/ce.2012.012m07.

'Thomas Aquinas, Augustine and Aristotle on "delayed animation"', Thomist 2012, 76:1-36.

'Germ-line genetic engineering: a critical look at Magisterial Catholic teaching', Christian Bioethics 2012; doi: 10.1093/cb/cbs016.

'Is there a logical slippery slope from voluntary to non-voluntary euthanasia?', Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal December 2011, 21.4: 379-404.

'Is the creation of admixed embryos "an offense against human dignity"?', Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 2010, 16.1: 87-114.

'Consent for biobank tissue in somatic-cell nuclear transfer?', Lancet 12 September 2009, 374.9693: 861-863 (with Calum MacKellar).

'What Does The British Public Think About Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos?', Journal of Medical Ethics 2009, 35:168-170.

'Why Emergency Contraception remains controversial', Southern Medical Journal January 2009, 102.1:5-7 (with Trevor Stammers)

'Surveying the Foundations of Medical Law: A Reassessment of Glanville Williams's The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law', Medical Law Review 2008, 16.1: 85-126 (with John Keown).

'The Hippocratic Oath III: Hippocratic principles applied to the withdrawal of treatment and the mental capacity act', Catholic Medical Quarterly 2007, 57.2:15-23.

'The Hippocratic Oath II: Modern adaptations of the classical doctors' oath', Catholic Medical Quarterly February 2006, 56.1: 6-16.

'The human embryo in the Christian tradition: a reconsideration', Journal of Medical Ethics December 2005, 31.12: 710-714.

'The appeal to the Christian tradition in the debate about embryonic stem cell research', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations July 2005, 16.3.

'The Hippocratic Oath I: its content and the limits to its adaptation', Catholic Medical Quarterly August 2003, 54.3: 9-17.

'A Theologians Brief On the place of the human embryo within the Christian tradition and the theological principles for evaluating its moral status', Ethics and Medicine 2001, 17. 3: 143-153.

'Nagging Doubts about Brain Death', Catholic Medical Quarterly 1995, 47.3.