Our mission is to use expert diagnostic neuropathology, coupled with research, to understand chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other brain pathology that is associated with repetitive head injury in sport. We empower families and loved ones by providing accurate diagnoses, and we use donor tissue to facilitate research into CTE and other brain disorders.
Our vision is for Australia to be a nation that recognises and acts on CTE and other brain disorders associated with repetitive head injury. We will provide help and advocacy for those individuals and families affected. We are working to achieve our vision through:
educating the public and medical practitioners about CTE
connecting affected families to create a support network
facilitating world class research on CTE through our brain donor program
inviting potential brain donors to participate in research while they are living
Associate Professor Michael Buckland is the ASBB Founding and Executive Director
Michael Buckland is a senior neuropathologist and the Head of the Department of Neuropathology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Head of the Molecular Neuropathology Program at the Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank.
Doctor Rowena Mobbs is the ASBB Clinical Director
Dr Mobbs is a neurologist with sub-specialty expertise in cognitive disturbance, neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer' disease and other forms of dementia, and neuropsychiatric disorders. She is also Clinical Lecturer at The University of Sydney where she undertakes clinical research. She has a particular interest in understanding (and treating) both the short- and long-term effects of concussion in sportspeople.
Associate Professor Alan Pearce is the Research Manager ASBB - Victoria
Associate Professor Pearce is a neurophysiologist who has spent 20 years researching sports-related concussion. Specifically his research program, using electro physiological techniques, particularly transcranial magnetic stimulation, centres on brain physiology to quantify cognitive and motor impairments in the acute phase post-concussion, and chronic manifestations of repeated concussions associated with mental health and neurological impairment.
Dr Catherine Suter is the ASBB Scientist
Dr Suter is responsible for the direction and scientific integrity of ASBB tissue research. She is a world recognised expert of research into environmental influence on disease risk, particularly epigenetics. Dr Suter brings this expertise to the concussion arena to understand how and why concussion and other head injuries can have life-long consequences in some individuals.
Doctor Antony Harding is the ASBB Manager
Dr Harding is an experienced brain bank coordinator, managing multiple brain banks under the auspices of RPAH Neuropathology, including the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Brain Bank. He has a BSc from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD in Teratology from the University of Sydney. Dr Harding has a long- standing interest in neurological disease. He has represented Australia at multiple World Transplant Games. He is a passionate advocate for organ donation programs, and holds multiple honorary scientific positions.
A/Prof Clare Fraser Neuro-opthamology, University of Sydney
A/Prof Jennifer Batchelor Neuropsychology, Macquarie University
Professor Steve Vucic Neurology, University of Sydney
Professor Glenda Halliday Neuropathology, University of Sydney
Dr Thomas Robertson Neuropathology, Royal Brisbane Hospital
Dr Linda Iles Neuropathology, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
A/Prof Vicky Fabian Neuropathology,University of Western Australia
Dr Adrian Cohen Sports Medicine, HeadSafe