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Inspiration for this Foundation

Eric J. Simon Ph.D. Professor Emeritus

NYU Medical Center School of Medicine

Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology

Dr. Simon did research as head of a laboratory at New York University School of Medicine for 54 years. He was frequently invited to speak at international conferences and to consult for the US government and for private companies. He is internationally known in the field of brain research, as it pertains to drug addiction & pain. He retired at the age of 90. He serves as Chair of the IESBRF Scientific Committee and is an integral part of the selection process of our summer fellows.

A Few of Dr. Simonís Many Accomplishments:

  • Discovered opiate receptors (heroin, morphine) in the brain
  • Provided the first map of receptor distribution in the human brain
  • Coined the word endorphin (to describe morphine-like molecules in the nervous system).
  • Published over 250 original scientific papers and reviews.
  • 2 published papers became Citation Classics
  • Studied Vitamin E metabolism-two metabolites became known as Simon Metabolites
  • Trained numerous students, who are now successful scientists
  • Hosted numerous visiting scientists

Honors and Award:

  • Pacesetter Award by National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Louis and Bert Freedman Foundation Award from NY Academy of Sciences
  • Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award from the Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Alumni Professional Achievement Citation from the University of Chicago
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Universite Rene Descartes (Sorbonne) Paris, France
  • Numerous named lectures and visiting professorships
  • Founders Day Award INRC

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