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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 30, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 32
Solomon Snyder Is Co-Recipient of $500,000 Albany Prize

Solomon Snyder

Solomon Snyder of Johns Hopkins and two other pioneering investigators who determined how cells communicate with their environment through the use of receptors, have been named the recipients of the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, America's largest cash prize in medicine.

In announcing the winners, the Albany Medical Center said, "Their groundbreaking discoveries of how receptors transmit signals from hormones, drugs and other stimuli to trigger action within the cell helped give rise to a new and rapid phase of drug development, including many of today's most commonly used prescription drugs."

The researchers, working independently and simultaneously on cell receptors, will each receive one-third of the award.

Snyder, currently Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, established the School of Medicine's Department of Neuroscience in 1980 and served as its director until 2006. In 2005, on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as director, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced that the department would be renamed the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience in recognition of his lifetime of achievement and his extraordinary generosity.

Snyder is the recipient of numerous professional honors, including the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Biomedical Research, the National Medal of Science and seven honorary doctor of science degrees. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and author of more than 1,000 journal articles and a number of books, including Uses of Marijuana, Madness and the Brain, The Troubled Mind, Biological Aspects of Abnormal Behavior, Drugs and the Brain and Brainstorming.

The other co-recipients of the Albany Prize are Robert J. Lefkowitz, the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and HHMI Investigator at Duke University, and Ronald M. Evans, HHMI Investigator at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The annual Albany Prize, announced each spring, was created to encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving health care and promoting biomedical research with translational benefits applied to improved patient care. It was endowed by Morris "Marty" Silverman in 2000 with a $50 million gift commitment to Albany Medical Center.


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