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

Departments & Organizations

Diabetes Research Center

Diagnostic Radiology: Bioimaging Sciences: Magnetic Resonance Research Center; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy | Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program

Office of Student Research

Psychiatry: Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY)

Biography

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.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1991)
BS The Pennsylvania State University, Nuclear Engineering, Minor in Spanish (1986)
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Nuclear Imaging Research, Birmingham, AL
Postdoctoral Research Associate Yale University, New Haven, CT
Graduate Study Yale University, New Haven, CT
Research Assistant Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Honors & Recognition

  • NIH Graduate Fellowship National Institutes of Health (1986), (1991)

  • National Science Foundation Fellowship Honorable MentionNational Science Foundation (1986)

  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) ScholarshipInstitute of Nuclear Power Operations (1984), (1986)

  • John White Scholarship for Excellence in Spanish (1984), (1986)

  • Student Travel AwardsSociety of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (1991), (1992)

  • Stanley Foundation Young Investigator AwardStanley Foundation (1998), (2000)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2000), (2002)

  • Honorable Mention – alternate for Memorial Travel Award for American College of NeuropsychopharmacologyAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2000)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2002), (2004)

  • Memorial Travel AwardAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2002)

  • Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Special Distinction Radiology (2003), (2004)

  • Editor's Recognition for ReviewingBiological Psychiatry (2009)

  • Editor's Recognition for Reviewing Biological Psychiatry (2011)

  • Editor's Recognition for ReviewingBiological Psychiatry (2012)

Professional Service

  • Protocol Review Committee Magnetic Resonance Research Center (2005)

  • Protocol reviewer Yale Human Investigation Committee (2000 - 2004)

  • Advising on imaging-related protocols Yale Human Investigation Committee (2004)

  • Grant review National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (2003 - 2009)

  • Grant reviewer National Institutes of Health (2003 - 2013)

  • Chair-Elect, then Chair, then Past Chair Psychiatric MR Study Group, in the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2012 - 2015)

  • Member, Education Committee Research Society on Alcoholism (2013)

  • Journal Editorial Board Biological Psychiatry (2002)

  • Conceived and organized Psychiatric Magnetic Resonance Study Group International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2001 - 2003)

  • Psychiatric MR Study Group International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2003 - 2005)

  • Past Chair of Psychiatric MR Study Group International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2005 - 2006)

  • Member of the Study Group Review Committee International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2003 - 2005)

  • Ad-Hoc Presidential Appointee to Study Group Review Committee International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2007 - 2008)

  • Program Committee Research Society on Alcoholism (2006 - 2008)

  • Research Priorities Committee Research Society on Alcoholism (2008 - 2009)

  • Program Committee Society of Biological Psychiatry (2011)

  • Scientific Advisory Board Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association of America (2005 - 2009)

International Activity

  • Measurement of Heterogeneous Metabolism by 13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Practicalities and Strategies Lexington, KY, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Metabolic Kinetics in Psychiatric Disease Lisbon, Portugal (2013 - 2013)

  • MR Spectroscopy and Imaging for Beginners – parts 1 and 2 Lisbon, Portugal (2013 - 2013)

  • Alcohol and the Brain: a Metabolic Perspective Orlando, Florida, United States (2013 - 2013)

  • Ethanol, its Metabolism, and the Brain Boston, Massachusetts, United States (2013 - 2013)

  • 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

  • Efectos de Étanol en Neuroquímicos Cerebrales Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009 - 2009)

    Chair, Organizer of Symposium

  • Member Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Committee Lanzhou, China (2009)

    Member Doctoral Thesis Evaluation Committee

  • 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

  • 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

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Alberta, Canada; Banff, Canada (2005 - 2005)

    Chair, Organizing committee for the educational ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

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Contact Info

Graeme F Mason, PhD
Office Location
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste N 141

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Magnetic Resonance Research CenterN-141 TAC-MRRC, Yale School of Medicine
300 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8042

Curriculum Vitae

Magnetic Resonance Research Center