Graeme F Mason PhD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Psychiatry; Director Metabolic Modeling and Director Psychiatric MRS; Director, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program; Chair, Magnetic Resonance Research Center Protocol Review Committee

Biographical Info

Dr. Grame F. Mason develops experimental models and methods for studies of brain metabolism using 1H and 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in conjunction with 13C isotopic labeling in vivo. His work began during his graduate studies at Yale where he used a rat model for the experimental determination of brain glucose transport kinetics and substrate competition for oxidative brain metabolism. Dr. Mason received further training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he guided the group's 13C-labeling studies of the human brain in vivo in the 4.1T whole-body MR system. Dr. Mason currently studies metabolism and neurotransmission in the brain in vivo, including effects of psychiatric disorders and substances such as alcohol and nicotine; Dr. Mason examines healthy subjects and patients to investigate relationships among GABA, glutamate, and glutamine concentrations and their rates of synthesis and release in the brain, in particular with regard to effects of alcohol and nicotine in acute and chronic use.


International Activity

  • Dynamic Imaging and Spectroscopy of Psychiatric Illness
    Portugal   (2013 - 2013)
    Chair, organizing committee for the ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy for Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Member Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Committee
    Lanzhou, China   (2009)
    Member Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Committee
  • Efectos de Étanol en Neuroquímicos Cerebrales
    Buenos Aires, Argentina   (2009 - 2009)
    Chair, Organizer of Symposium
  • Espectroscopia por Ressonância Magnética
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   (2008 - 2008)
    Co-chair of Educational Series at the Congresso IBRO/LARC de Neurociências da América Latina, Caribe, e Península Ibérica, Búzios, Brazil
  • Neurotransmitters in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
    Quebec, Canada   (2008 - 2008)
    Chair, organizing committee for the educational ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy for Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
    Banff, Canada; Alberta, Canada   (2005 - 2005)
    Chair, Organizing committee for the educational ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Education & Training

B.S.
The Pennsylvania State University (1986)
Ph.D.
Yale University (1991)
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Nuclear Imaging Research, Birmingham, AL, Medicine  (1993 - 1994)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Yale University, New Haven, CT, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry  (1991 - 1993)
Graduate Study
Yale University, New Haven, CT, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry  (1986 - 1991)
Research Assistant
Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 

Honors & Recognition

  • NIH Graduate Fellowship
    National Institutes of Health (1986-1991)
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention
    National Science Foundation (1986)
  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Scholarship
    Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (1984-1986)
  • John White Scholarship for Excellence in Spanish
    (1984-1986)
  • Student Travel Awards
    Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (1991, 1992)
  • Stanley Foundation Young Investigator Award
    Stanley Foundation (1998-2000)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2000-2002)
  • Honorable Mention – alternate for Memorial Travel Award for American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
    American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2000)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    NARSAD (2002-2004)
  • Memorial Travel Award
    American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2002)
  • Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Special Distinction
    Radiology (2003, 2004)
  • Editor's Recognition for Reviewing
    Biological Psychiatry (2009)
  • Editor's Recognition for Reviewing
    Biological Psychiatry (2011)
  • Editor's Recognition for Reviewing
    Biological Psychiatry (2012)

Professional Service

  • National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (6/1/2003 - 6/1/2009)
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2007 - 2008)
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2005 - 2006)
  • Chair, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2003 - 2005)
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2003 - 2005)
  • Member, Biological Psychiatry (2002 - now)
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2001 - 2003)
  • Member, Research Society on Alcoholism (06/25/2008 - 06/25/2009)
  • Member, Research Society on Alcoholism (06/25/2006 - 06/25/2008)
  • Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry (06/01/2011)
  • Chair-Elect, then Chair, then Past Chair, Psychiatric MR Study Group, in the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (05/15/2012 - 05/15/2015)
  • Member, Education Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism (02/15/2013)
  • National Institutes of Health (02/01/2003 - 10/7/2013)
  • Member, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association of America (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2009)

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