Associate Professor of Psychiatry
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
stress and addiction; cocaine addiction; cannabis; withdrawal; neurobiology of addiction; neuroendocrinology of addiction; pharmacological treatment
Dr. Sarnyai obtained his M.D. and PhD in Neuroscience from University of Szeged, Hungary. He conducted post-doctoral work on stress and addiction in primates at Harvard Medical School at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center/McLean Hospital. He then joined the Rockefeller University as an independent investigator (Research Associate), working jointly in the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology and in the Laboratory of Biology of Addictive Diseases. In 1999 Dr. Sarnyai joined the behavioural neuroscience-based biotechnology company, PsychoGenics Inc. as Director of Neurobiology and later assumed the role of Vice President. Before joining JCU in 2012 he was a University Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge where he served as Director of Studies for Medicine. He was awarded the Curt P. Richter Prize by the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology for his work on neuropeptides and drug addiction and was a recipient of the prestigious Du Pont Warren Fellowship from Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).