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Albany Medical College's 176th Commencement Ceremonies

Keynote Speaker


Solomon Snyder, MD, Director of the Department of Neurosciences and Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins UniversitySolomon Snyder, M.D., director of the Department of Neuroscience and Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University, was recognized with the 2007 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, one of America’s largest such prizes.

Dr. Synder was one of the first to identify neurochemical receptors in the brain that control and manage pleasure and pain perceptions. He identified opiate receptors, which are the targets of morphine and codeine, as well as heroin and other drugs of abuse. Advances in molecular neuroscience stemmed from Dr. Snyder’s identification of receptors for neurotransmitters and drugs and elucidation of the actions of psychotropic agents.

Dr. Snyder has received many national awards and honors including the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Biomedical Research (1978), Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Northwestern University (1981), Georgetown University (1986), Ben Gurion University (1990), Albany Medical College (1998), Technion University of Israel (2002), the Wolf Foundation Prize in Medicine (1983), the Dickson Prize of the University of Pittsburgh (1983), the Bower Award from the Franklin Institute (1991), the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research (1996) and the Gerard Prize of the Society for Neuroscience (2000).

Snyder is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Snyder has written over 1000 journal articles and several books.


View Dr. Snyder's Publications