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September 10, 2002

Thornton B. Alexander Mason, MD, PhD, Appointed Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Thornton B. Alexander Mason II, MD, PhD, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

After earning his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia, he took his first residency in Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical Center and then went on to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for a residency in Pediatric Neurology. In 2000, he completed his PhD in Neurobiology at Columbia University, and became a fellow in Sleep Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, he received a National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Penn, providing him the opportunity to further his research. Mason is currently an attending neurologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Prior to coming to Penn, Mason was Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology.

Mason's clinical research interests focus on pediatric sleep disorders. He was recently awarded a mentored research career development grant from NIH to study periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) in children with Williams Syndrome (WS). Mason will investigate to see if the PLMS is determined by WS. The research will also serve to provide new insights into WS as a model for PLMS in the general population, and possibly identify a specific gene(s) implicated in the origin of the movements.

Mason has co-authored a number of original research studies in peer-reviewed journals, as well as abstracts and book chapters. He is a member of several national professional and scientific organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Child Neurology Society, the Society of Neuroscience and the Sleep Research Society.


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