1989 …2024

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Personal profile


Catriona McLean is currently Professor and Director of the Department of Anatomical Pathology at The Alfred, Director of the Victorian Brain Bank based at the Howard Florey Neurosciences Institute (where she holds a Professorship), and Director of the Victorian Neuromuscular service based at the Alfred, as well as pathologist to the Victorian Melanoma Service.

She is the past Chair of the Pathology Board for Monash University, and past Director of the Australian Brain Bank Network.

She has developed multiple pathology curricula for undergraduate and post-graduate medicine. Her qualifications include BSc, MBBs, FRCPA, MD, FFSc (RCPA), FAHMS.

She works collaboratively with the Cancer Council Victoria and colleagues within The Alfred, the MHRI, Melbourne University, Sydney University and Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute. She is involved in many on-going research projects into malignancies, disorders of muscle and neurodegeneration.

Catriona has a strong track record with over 500 published articles, more than 41,000 citations and an H-Index of 97. She has 3 patents in the field of breast cancer diagnosis

Monash teaching commitment

Catriona has developed a series of teaching innovations for current technologies to enable relevant and compelling learning of Pathology at a national and international level. She uses visual and clinically integrated approaches to learning of a core subject within the medical curriculum. These innovations conform to the Monash University vision of continuing ‘to enhance teaching and learning by development and application of advances in information technology’ and applying ‘such advances to increase flexibility in teaching and learning whether on or off-campus’.

  • Member of the Year 3 curriculum committee Monash MBBS
  • Tutor for the Year 3 program
  • Coordinator of State-wide MBBS tutorial program
  • Development of Year 5 module (2007)
  • Modification of program for Monash Malaysia (2006)
  • Member of new Theme 3 committee (2007 - 2011)
  • Modification for Monash Traralgon program Year A and Year B (2007)
  • Development of ‘Basis of disease modules’ for Year 2 MMBS
  • Year 5 module audit  (2011)
  • Revaluation of course and IT requirements (2011)
  • On-line Practical developed (2012)
  • Initiation of novel on-line assessment method for submissions developed (2012)

University Service

University and Professional Activities

Alfred Hospital_Anatomical Pathology
  • Routine diagnostic workload of 4,000 cases reported per annum includes frozen sections and cytology
  • Oversee consultant pathologists, scientific staff and trainees
  • Administration of department
  • Implementation of a Molecular laboratory 2014 NATA accredited for testing of solid tissue
  • Diagnosis and Report writing for molecular Pathology
  • Attendance at numerous multi-disciplinary meetings each week; Specifically, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Rheumatology, Oncology, Lung transplantation
  • Weekly review of all Melanoma cases for the State Melanoma service
  • Submission of regular Quality assurance program (QAP)
  • Recent quality audit initiatives; molecular MASSarray sensitivities in limited human samples, autopsy and clinical accuracy correlation
Royal Childrens Hospital 
  • Visiting honorary Specialist Neuropathologist
  • Presenting paediatric cases of rare neuromuscular diseases
Monash Health
  • Visiting honorary Neuropathologist to oversee all diagnoses of brain and muscle diseases
  • Running fortnightly Multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Teaching of Neurosurgical trainees

Community service

Professor McLean regularly engages with the public to help promote Neuroscience and brain research. A summary of some of her activities is listed below:

20233AW radio interview about Multiple Systems Atrophy
2018Catriona McLean – The Conversation.

Catalyst January 2015– Powering the Mind.  | Ambassador’ for the Fred Liuzzi Foundation of Rare Neuromuscular disorders


774 ABC Melbourne and Perth Conversation Hour, Jon Faine. Brain banking July 2013 


ABC Radio Canberra. Brain donation in ACT February 2012


Triple R radio interview. February 2011.  The role of an Anatomical Pathologist | Parkinson’s Victoria Annual Meeting, donation acknowledgement.


ABC radio, Brain Donation for research.  C McLean & B Dean.  | ABC Gippsland, Brain Donation for research.  C McLean & B Dean |Yahoo 7 News Queensland, Brain Donation for research.  C McLean & B Dean.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

CJD Neuropathologist (Honorary), Department for Health and Wellbeing (trading as SA Health) (South Australia)

2018 → …

Professor, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (FINMH) (Victoria)

1 Jan 2014 → …

Honorary Consultant Neuropathologist , Monash Health

2013 → …

Chief Pathologist, Victorian Melanoma Service, Alfred Hospital

2009 → …

Inspector – National Authority for Laboratory testing (NATA), National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)

2008 → …

Head of Anatomical Pathology, Alfred Hospital

1 Jan 2004 → …

Honorary Pathologist , Burnet Institute (Australia)

2004 → …

Research area keywords

  • Malignancies
  • Muscle disorders
  • Neurodegeneration

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Common variants in breast cancer risk loci predispose to distinct tumor subtypes

    Ahearn, T. U., Zhang, H., Michailidou, K., Milne, R. L., Bolla, M. K., Dennis, J., Dunning, A. M., Lush, M., Wang, Q., Andrulis, I. L., Anton-Culver, H., Arndt, V., Aronson, K. J., Auer, P. L., Augustinsson, A., Baten, A., Becher, H., Behrens, S., Benitez, J., Bermisheva, M., & 142 othersBlomqvist, C., Bojesen, S. E., Bonanni, B., Børresen-Dale, A. L., Brauch, H., Brenner, H., Brooks-Wilson, A., Brüning, T., Burwinkel, B., Buys, S. S., Canzian, F., Castelao, J. E., Chang-Claude, J., Chanock, S. J., Chenevix-Trench, G., Clarke, C. L., Collée, J. M., Cox, A., Cross, S. S., Czene, K., Daly, M. B., Devilee, P., Dörk, T., Dwek, M., Eccles, D. M., Evans, D. G., Fasching, P. A., Figueroa, J., Floris, G., Gago-Dominguez, M., Gapstur, S. M., García-Sáenz, J. A., Gaudet, M. M., Giles, G. G., Goldberg, M. S., González-Neira, A., Alnæs, G. I. G., Grip, M., Guénel, P., Haiman, C. A., Hall, P., Hamann, U., Harkness, E. F., Heemskerk-Gerritsen, B. A. M., Holleczek, B., Hollestelle, A., Hooning, M. J., Hoover, R. N., Hopper, J. L., Howell, A., Jakimovska, M., Jakubowska, A., John, E. M., Jones, M. E., Jung, A., Kaaks, R., Kauppila, S., Keeman, R., Khusnutdinova, E., Kitahara, C. M., Ko, Y. D., Koutros, S., Kristensen, V. N., Krüger, U., Kubelka-Sabit, K., Kurian, A. W., Kyriacou, K., Lambrechts, D., Lee, D. G., Lindblom, A., Linet, M., Lissowska, J., Llaneza, A., Lo, W. Y., MacInnis, R. J., Mannermaa, A., Manoochehri, M., Margolin, S., Martinez, M. E., McLean, C., Meindl, A., Menon, U., Nevanlinna, H., Newman, W. G., Nodora, J., Offit, K., Olsson, H., Orr, N., Park-Simon, T. W., Patel, A. V., Peto, J., Pita, G., Plaseska-Karanfilska, D., Prentice, R., Punie, K., Pylkäs, K., Radice, P., Rennert, G., Romero, A., Rüdiger, T., Saloustros, E., Sampson, S., Sandler, D. P., Sawyer, E. J., Schmutzler, R. K., Schoemaker, M. J., Schöttker, B., Sherman, M. E., Shu, X. O., Smichkoska, S., Southey, M. C., Spinelli, J. J., Swerdlow, A. J., Tamimi, R. M., Tapper, W. J., Taylor, J. A., Teras, L. R., Terry, M. B., Torres, D., Troester, M. A., Vachon, C. M., van Deurzen, C. H. M., van Veen, E. M., Wagner, P., Weinberg, C. R., Wendt, C., Wesseling, J., Winqvist, R., Wolk, A., Yang, X. R., Zheng, W., Couch, F. J., Simard, J., Kraft, P., Easton, D. F., Pharoah, P. D. P., Schmidt, M. K., García-Closas, M., Chatterjee, N., NBCS Collaborators, ABCTB Investigators & kConFab/AOCS Investigators, 1 Dec 2022, In: Breast Cancer Research. 24, 1, 13 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    11 Citations (Scopus)
  • Cytomegalovirus and Aspergillus co-infection in an immunocompetent patient with severe COVID-19

    Dessauer, A., Hussey, D., Khan, S. F., McLean, C. A. & Gardiner, B. J., Feb 2024, In: Pathology. 56, 1, p. 110-114 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

  • Subcorneal pustular dermatosis induced by dupilumab: A novel case

    Hall, S., Chew, C. Y., Kovitwanichkanont, T., Ip, K. H. K., Cahill, J., Gin, A., McLean, C. A. & Gin, D., Feb 2024, In: Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 65, 1, p. 74-76 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

  • Acute leg pain and weakness in pregnancy: A new diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy

    Heron, V. C., Thomas, A., Liu, B., Crosthwaite, A. A., Skrzypek, H., McLean, C. A. & Paizis, K., Dec 2023, In: Obstetric Medicine. 16, 4, p. 253-255 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

  • A peptide-centric quantitative proteomics dataset for the phenotypic assessment of Alzheimer’s disease

    Merrihew, G. E., Park, J., Plubell, D., Searle, B. C., Keene, C. D., Larson, E. B., Bateman, R., Perrin, R. J., Chhatwal, J. P., Farlow, M. R., McLean, C. A., Ghetti, B., Newell, K. L., Frosch, M. P., Montine, T. J. & MacCoss, M. J., Dec 2023, In: Scientific Data. 10, 1, 13 p., 206.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)