International Pathology Day 2023

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: The Impact on Athletes
Wednesday 8 November 2023, RCPA Sydney HQ and online
10am to 12pm

Thank you to everyone who joined us for International Pathology Day 2023. If you missed it, you can watch the full recording below.


International Pathology Day is an annual awareness day which is dedicated to highlighting the pivotal role pathology plays in healthcare, and our overall health and wellbeing.

The theme for International Pathology Day 2023 is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and its links to contact/combat sports.

CTE is a neurodegenerative disease that occurs in individuals that have a history of exposure to repetitive traumatic brain injury, usually in the context of repetitive head impacts encountered with participation in contact or combat sports. The prevalence of CTE in Australia remains unknown as it can currently only be definitively diagnosed by examination of the brain at autopsy.

The case of CTE highlights the indispensable role of pathology in providing answers for families, and in underpinning the formation of preventative healthcare policy.

Please join us as the following speakers take to the stage to discuss CTE and the importance of medical autopsy as a fundamental tool in the identification of previously unrecognised disease to advance modern medicine.


Associate Professor Michael Buckland

Associate Professor Michael Buckland is a Senior Staff Specialist and the Head of the Department of Neuropathology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is also the founder and Director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank (ASBB), Co-Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Australia Brain Bank, and Head of the Molecular Neuropathology Program at the Brain & Mind Centre.


Associate Professor Linda Iles

Associate Professor Linda Iles is Head of Forensic Pathology Services at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) and co-ordinates the Institute's neuropathology service. Due to VIFMs partnership with the ASBB, A/Prof Iles facilitates the management of a deceased person that may have suffered from CTE.


Renée Tuck

Sister of the late Richmond player Shane Tuck, Renée Tuck has lived experience of how CTE can impact families. After taking his own life in 2020, following a long battle with mental health, Shane was found to have suffered from severe CTE during a brain autopsy. It was this diagnosis, made possible due to the practice of pathology, which helped Shane's family to rebuild their lives thanks to the answers it gave them. Renée feels passionately about supporting other families who are going through loss due to this disease.


Amanda Green

Amanda Green is campaigning to raise awareness of CTE after her husband, NRL legend Paul Green, was found to have a severe form of the disease after being found unresponsive in his home last year. After his brain was donated to the ASBB for examination, a definitive diagnosis helped Paul's family to understand what had happened and finally brought them some closure. Amanda hopes to shine a light on her late husband's diagnosis, so we can advance our approach to detection, education, treatment and support for people suffering from CTE.

Master of Ceremonies

Sophie Scott OAM

Sophie is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker on topics such as preventing burnout, managing your mental wellbeing during times of change, the science of high-performance habits, and how to use neuroscience to stick to new habits and overcome unwanted ones.

An award-winning journalist and former National Medical Reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sophie now helps tens of thousands of people around the world using evidence-based science and her own personal journey.

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