M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D.
M. Therese Lysaught, (Ph.D., Duke University, 1992, Theological Ethics) specializes in Catholic moral theology and health care ethics.
In addition to consulting with health care systems on issues surrounding mission, theology, and ethics, her major research foci have included the anointing of the sick, genetics, gene therapy, human embryonic stem cell research and issues at the end-of-life. Her first co-edited book, Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (Eerdmans 2007, co-editor David M. McCarthy), provides an introduction to Catholic moral theology. In 2008, the book received third place honors in 'Theology' from the Catholic Press Association. Her second book, On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics, 3rd edition (Eerdmans, 2012), is co-edited with Joseph Kotva.
Her current research involves three projects. The first is the Human Powered Nebulizer Project (www.hpnproject.org), a global health project designed to address significant burden of respiratory conditions among the poor in developing contexts. With Lars E. Olson, Ph.D. (Marquette, Biomedical Engineering), she is exploring the role of community health workers in the development of appropriate medical technologies, for the treatment of asthma, COPD, and LRIs, better diagnosis of tuberculosis, and the potential for better delivery of vaccines. Her second project brings to fruition a two-year research project funded by the Science of Virtue Program of the Arete Foundation at the University of Chicago examining the cultural constructions of virtue, vice and poverty in contemporary work on the neurosciences. With Jeffrey P Bishop, M.D., Ph.D. (Director, Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University) and Andrew A. Michel, M.D. (College of Medicine, Vanderbilt University) she is completing a book manuscript entitled Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality (University of Notre Dame Press). Her final project, a scholarly monograph, is entitled Anointing of the Sick and the Theo-Political Economy of Medicine (Eerdmans).
In addition to authoring almost 50 articles/book chapters and presenting almost 100 invited lectures and conference papers, Dr. Lysaught has served as an advisor to the Catholic Health Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Catholic Moral Theology. From 1995-1998, she served as a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the National Institutes of Health. She has served as a member of the advisory boards for the Program of Dialogue Between Science, Religion, and Ethics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and from 2008-2011, she was a member of the U.S. Catholic-Episcopal Theological Consultation under the aegis of the USCCB.
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