After graduating from the University of Alberta in Medical Laboratory Science, Ms. Thompson worked for 19 years as a University Research Technologist in Medical Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Her two main areas of research over this time period were Diabetes and AIDS. In 1992 her son Trent was born with Angelman syndrome and Ms. Thompson retired from the lab and full time research. Her interest in Angelman syndrome has kept her current and up to date on the latest AS medical research. A member of the scientific advisory board since 2001, she co-chaired the 2003 Scientific Symposium at the IASO/ASF conference in Washington D.C.