Longtime member Robert Edwards was among the 70 newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the areas of medical sciences, health care and public health.
Dr. Robert H. Edwards is Cahill Professor of neurology and physiology at UCSF. Robert has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of both neurotransmitter release and neurogenerative disease. His work has included the molecular cloning of the first opioid receptor — the opioid system controls pain, reward and addictive behaviors — and of the synaptic vesicle protein, SV2. Synaptic vesicles store various neurotransmitters that are released at synapse. He identified three distinct families of proteins that transport classical transmitters into synaptic vesicles. Edwards also is exploring the physiological and pathological roles of the Parkinson’s disease-associated protein, alpha-synuclein. He has won a number of awards, including two Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.