Albany Medical College Announces 2014 Commencement Ceremonies


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Albany Medical College Announces 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

May 2, 2014 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., May 2, 2014 - Albany Medical College commencement ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The college expects to award more than 200 degrees at the ceremony, including medical degrees, Master of Science degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, Nurse Anesthesiology and Bioethics, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Biomedical Science and Bioethics.

This year's keynote speaker, Solomon Snyder, M.D., was one of the first to identify neurochemical receptors in the brain that control and manage pleasure and pain perceptions. He also identified opiate receptors, which are the targets of morphine and codeine, as well as heroin and other drugs of abuse. The application of Dr. Snyder's techniques has enhanced the development of new agents in the pharmaceutical industry by enabling rapid screening of large numbers of candidate drugs.

Dr. Snyder, who received the 2007 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, is the Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University.

Also addressing the graduates will be Vincent Verdile, M.D., Class of 1984, dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at Albany Medical Center, and Peter Elitzer, vice chair of the Board of Directors of Albany Medical Center, as well as student representatives of the Class of 2014.

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Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: or


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