NCASM Speakers

Mary Carskadon, PhD, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Prof. Carskadon is an authority on adolescent sleep. Her research has raised public awareness about the consequences of insufficient sleep in adolescents and has influenced education policy, prompting many school districts to delay school start times for teens. Carskadon’s past research examined sleep and circadian rhythms bioregulatory processes in adolescents and the influence of parental alcohol use history on sleep and circadian rhythms of youth. Current research assesses depressed mood and serotonin genes in college students and effects of circadian timing on smell, taste, and food choices in overweight and normal weight teens. Dr. Carskadon is a distinguished alumna of Gettysburg College with a doctorate in neuro- and bio-behavioral sciences from Stanford University. She has received awards from national organizations recognizing her scientific, educational, and public policy contributions. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kiran Maski, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Kiran Maski, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and child neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed her general pediatric residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She received her pediatric neurology residency and pediatric sleep fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). She now runs the Neurology Sleep Clinic at BCH and is the Assistant Program Director for the Child Neurology Residency. Dr. Maski’s clinical work and research is focused on pediatric narcolepsy. Dr. Maski has created a hypersomnia clinic at BCH where she sees children and youg adults with central nervous system hypersomnia conditions from all over the world. She is an advocate for pediatric narcolepsy in promoting awareness of this condition among health care providers and schools. She was honored with the “Outstanding Physician” award by Wake Up Narcolepsy, a patient advocacy group, for this work in 2015. Dr. Maski currently serves as the Chairperson of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine  Task Force for the Treatment of Central Nervous System Hypersomnias.  Her clinical research in narcolepsy is focused on neurophysiological biomarkers that help diagnose and treat narcolepsy patients. She has received grant support from the American Academy of Neurology. American Sleep Medicine Foundation, Wake Up Narcolepsy, BCH Research Council Fund and Jazz Pharmceuticals, Inc.

Flavio Frohlic, PhD, UNC Neuroscience
Flavio received a degree in electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, an International Diploma in electrical engineering at the Imperial College in London, and his PhD in computational neurobiology at UC San Diego. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University studying cortical network activity. Flavio’s goal is to revolutionize how we treat psychiatric illnesses. His vision is that understanding brain network activity will enable the development of novel non-invasive brain stimulation paradigms. Flavio is convinced that such rational design of neurotherapeutics will open the door for individualized, highly effective brain stimulation in psychiatry. Flavio is passionate about combining different methodological approaches to scientific problems and is a pioneer in the field of network neuroscience. His research integrates neurobiology, engineering, and medicine. The Frohlich Lab (1) performs computer modeling, (2) combines electrophysiology, imaging, brain stimulation, and behavioral assays in animal models, (3) records and modulates human brain activity, and (4) studies new treatments in randomized controlled clinical trials. Flavio has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain Behavior Foundation, the Human Frontier Science Program, the Foundation of Hope, and Tal Medical. Flavio is the author of the textbook Network Neuroscience, frequently talks about his work at invited meetings and seminars, and has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2013 NIMH Award for Innovative New Scientists in Biobehavioral Research and a 2014 NARSAD Independent Investigator Award. Flavio is also the founder and chief scientific officer of Pulvinar Neuro LLC, a company that provides cutting-edge neurotechnology to brain researchers.

Jamison R. Spencer, DMD, MS, Director of Dental Sleep Medicine, Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, Raleigh-Durham, NC
Dr. Jamison Spencer is the director of Dental Sleep Medicine for Lane & Associates Family Dentistry.  Dr. Spencer is the Past-President of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and has a Masters in Craniofacial Pain from Tufts University.  He taught head and neck anatomy at Boise State University and is adjunct faculty at the Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center in both the craniofacial pain residency and dental sleep medicine programs.  Dr. Spencer is also adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Spencer has been invited to give lectures on TMD, dental sleep medicine, and head and neck anatomy throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and India.  He is a founding faculty member of the AACP’s Institute, the AACP/Tufts Dental Sleep Medicine program, and the UOP Dental Sleep Medicine mini residency.

Nicole Mims, MD, Carolinas Healthcare, Charlotte, NC
Dr. Mims graduated with her MD from UAB and then completed neurology residency at VCU.  She completed her sleep and epilepsy fellowship here in the triangle at Duke with Dr. Husain and Dr. Radtke.  She now works in Charlotte at Charlotte medical clinic in Carolinas healthcare system as a sleep medicine physician.

Thomas Heffron, AASM Director of Communications
Mr. Heffron provides leadership and direction for the specialty societies that are managed by the AASM, supervising the staff coordinators for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST), American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF), Sleep Research Society (SRS) and Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM). As senior director of communications and advocacy for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Thomas Heffron helps to guide the Academy’s corporate, online, public relations, and social media communications strategies. He also oversees the Academy’s advocacy initiatives addressing legislative and regulatory issues that impact the field of sleep medicine. He is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Mary Mondul, RPSGT, Danville Virginia
Ms. Mondul is the Sleep Center Technical Director at Danville Pulmonary Sleep Center in Virginia.

Greg Essick, DDS, PhD
Dr. Essick is Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and in the Center for Pain Research and Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is director of the new Dental Sleep Clinic at the UNC School of Dentistry, where he treats patients, trains students, and conducts research. He provides the school's continuing education in sleep medicine to practicing dentists in North Carolina. He authors/co-authors 115 journal articles and book chapters, the most recent ones pertaining to sleep medicine.

Zheng (Jane) Fan, MD
Dr. Fan is an Associate Professor in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Neurology. She completed her MD at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Fan is interested in clinical care and research in sleep disorders in pediatric genetic diseases including muscular dystrophies, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Angelman syndrome.

Bradley V. Vaughn, MD
Dr. Vaughn is the medical director of the UNC Sleep Program and Bachelor’s degree program in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science. He has served in many administrative positions within the AASM, AAN and ACNS and his research focuses on the overlap of sleep and epilepsy. Dr. Vaughn received his MD from Hershey Medical School at Pennsylvania State University and joined UNC in 1987.