January 2013--Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., professor of neuroscience, was named a 2012 charter fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Snyder is one of 98 new fellows that will be inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents at a ceremony during the 2nd annual NAI Conference on Feb. 23rd in Tampa, FL. Honorees will receive a trophy and a rosette pin.
Academic inventors, like Snyder, are nominated to the NAI by their peers for innovations that improve quality of life, economics or the wellbeing of society. His discovery of the brain’s opiate and other types of neural message receptors led to the design of new drugs to treat psychiatric illness and an understanding about how currently used treatments behave in the brain.