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Heather McCann

Current Appointments

Manager, Sydney Brain Bank

Key Research Areas

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Heather McCann has worked for over 20 years in brain banking and neuroscience research and has utilised valuable donor brain tissue to publish a number of neuropathology-focused primary research papers and reviews on a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Lewy body disease, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal degeneration, multiple system atrophy and myoclonus dystonia. As Manager of the Sydney Brain Bank, her primary roles are overseeing the processing and storage of donated brain and spinal cord tissue with an emphasis on maintaining the highest possible tissue quality and liaising with national and international researchers to provide tissue specimens for merit-based research projects.

Heather has a particular interest in the histopathological analysis of brain and spinal cord tissue, which is essential for the classification of cases and enables careful construction of disease group cohorts.


2024, 01 Apr

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy neuropathologic change in former Australian rugby players.

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1111/nan.12972

2023, 01 Mar

Riluzole is associated with decreasing neuritic plaque severity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awac467

2022, 04 Jul

Prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the Sydney Brain Bank

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1093/braincomms/fcac189

2021, 13 Jul

Aging-Related Tau Astrogliopathy in Aging and Neurodegeneration.

View full review on https://europepmc.org/articles/PMC8306417


Globular glial tauopathy with a mutation in MAPT and unusual TDP-43 proteinopathy in a patient with behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/wos-op/publon/43245394/


A Practical Approach to Differentiate the Frontotemporal Tauopathy Subtypes

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/wos-op/publon/37051135/


Coexisting Lewy body disease and clinical parkinsonism in frontotemporal lobar degeneration

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/wos-op/publon/19722028/


Heritability in frontotemporal tauopathies

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/wos-op/publon/19013544/


Von Economo Neurons in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia with Underlying Alzheimer's Disease

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/publon/28315718/


Neuropathology of -synuclein propagation and braak hypothesis

View full journal-article on https://publons.com/publon/7145197/