Department of Neuroscience Renamed to Honor
Solomon Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of
Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, has been at the
helm of the
of Neuroscience since its founding in 1980. On Friday
night, the School of Medicine commemorated his 25th
anniversary as director and paid tribute to him during a
gala dinner hosted by the departments of
Psychiatry. Snyder is expected to step
down from the directorship this year (he will remain as a
full-time faculty member and continue to head his research
lab), and the evening allowed friends and colleagues to
celebrate his accomplishments as a researcher, as well as
his legacy in helping build the Department of Neuroscience
into a world-renowned program.
"Like many other Hopkins faculty members, Sol Snyder
has given the gift of his creative research discoveries,"
President William R. Brody said.
"The originality, diversity and scope of Sol's discoveries
are legendary. They exceed those of possibly any other
neuroscientist in the past half-century. Sol has been at
Hopkins for 40 years now, and we all stand in awe of what
he has achieved."
In an interview last week with The Baltimore
Sun, Snyder disclosed that he had, over the years, made
a number of large gifts to the department in the form of
stocks and a charitable remainder trust; in addition, he
said, reserve funds he has accumulated from grants and
gifts he has raised will also be provided to the
At the event, Edward Miller, dean of the medical
faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced that
the Department of Neuroscience will be renamed in
recognition of Snyder's lifetime of achievement at Johns
Hopkins and his extraordinary generosity. "We want to make
sure that the scope and originality and significance of
Sol's many contributions to Johns Hopkins and to the field
of neuroscience will always be recognized," Miller said.
"It is my great pleasure and honor to announce that
henceforth these tremendous research advances will come
from the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at
the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine."
The event followed a daylong symposium titled
Discovery of Hope: From the Molecule to the Mind, A
Celebration of Brain Science at Johns Hopkins.
Prominent neuroscientists, including two Nobel laureates,
honored Hopkins' long history of contributions to
understanding the brain and presented their most recent
findings on topics such as understanding smell, vision,
learning and memory, decision making, and balance-eroding
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