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Subspecialties Forensics, Profession, Neurology

Coming to a Cinema Near You…

We’ve made it one of our missions to highlight and tackle (pun intended) the low public perception of pathology, the damaging consequences of poor awareness (or complete lack thereof), and the urgent need for positive promotion of the field. So when I learned of a new movie that features Hollywood A-lister Will Smith as a pathologist, I thought: Bingo!

The story of Bennet Omalu, a man who battled against the odds in a quest for a diagnostic breakthrough, clearly caught the eye of the film star. What were those “odds”? Well, just the might of the most powerful and lucrative sports league in the world. The untimely death of 50-year-old, former National Football League (NFL) player Mike Webster – and the autopsy performed by Omalu – led to the discovery of a new condition: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which he linked directly to the trauma induced by the sport. Not a typical day in the office; the autopsy changed the course of Omalu’s life.

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About the Author

Fedra Pavlou

After graduating with a pharmacology degree, I began my career in scientific publishing and communications. Now with more than 16 years of experience in this field, my career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. My past experiences have taught me something very important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere where I now work with old colleagues and new. Though we are a hugely diverse team, we share several things in common – a real desire to work hard to succeed, to be the best at what we do, never to settle for second best, and to have fun while we do it. I am now honored to serve as Editor of The Pathologist and Editorial Director of Texere Publishing.

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