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Release: Feb. 7, 2002
NOBEL LAUREATE DR. FERID MURAD TO LECTURE
AT UI FEB. 7
Nobel laureate Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of integrative
biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston,
will give a lecture to University of Iowa medical faculty, students and staff
at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Medical Alumni Auditorium, E331 General
Hospital, at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Murad's talk, "Role of Nitric Oxide and Cyclic GMP in
Cellular Signaling," is part of the UI Department of Internal Medicine Research
Day. For more information on Research Day, visit the event's Web site at www.int-med.uiowa.edu/research/ResearchDay/.
Murad, along with researchers Robert Furchgott and Louis
Ignarro, received the 1998 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine. Murad analyzed
how nitroglycerin and related vasodilating compounds (those that widen blood
vessels) act, and in 1977 he discovered that they release nitric oxide, which
relaxes smooth muscle compounds. For more information on Murad's work, read
the news release of his work on the Nobel Prize Web site at www.nobel.se/medicine/laureates/1998/press.html.