Ferid Murad

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Murad, Ferid,

1936–, American pharmacologist, b. Whiting, Ind., M.D., Ph.D. Western Reserve Univ. (now Case Western Reserve Univ.), 1965. Murad taught at the Univ. of Virginia (1975–81), Stanford Univ. (1981–89), and Northwestern Univ. (1988) and worked in the private sector for Abbott Laboratories (1988–92) and Molecular Geriatrics Corporation (1993–95). In 1997 he became a professor at the Univ. of Texas, Houston. In 1998, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Louis J. IgnarroIgnarro, Louis Joseph,
1941–. American pharmacologist, b. Brooklyn, N.Y., Ph.D. Univ. of Minnesota, 1966. He was on the faculty at Tulane Univ. from 1979 to 1985, when he became a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.
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 and Robert F. FurchgottFurchgott, Robert Francis,
1916–2009, American biochemist, b. Charleston, S.C., Ph.D. Northwestern Univ., 1940. Furchgott spent his entire career as a professor (1956–89) at the State Univ. of New York. With Louis J.
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 for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide's function as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. Murad analyzed the action of nitroglycerin and other vasodilators and discovered that they relax smooth muscle cells through the release of nitric oxide. The finding has had significant medical implications in the treatment of not only cardiovascular disease but also impotence, septic shock, and cancer; the work led to the development of the anti-impotence sildenafil citrate (Viagra).
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Ferid Murad, two major international conferences being held in Boston from July 22 to 25.
Ferid Murad also spoke at the conference's official opening, saying the range of session topics over the four-day conference, as well as the inaugural two-day Biotechnology World Congress, would offer many thought-provoking discussion points and stimulating opportunities for more than 750 conference delegates.
Nitric oxide was selected as the 1992 Molecule of the Year by the journal Science, and the 1998 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology was awarded to Louis Ignarro, Ferid Murad, and Robert Furchgott, the founders of nitric oxide research.
Aside from the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine he received in 1998, Furchgott has also got a Gairdner Foundation International Award for his groundbreaking discoveries (1991) and the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1996), the latter with Ferid Murad. (ANI)
And late last year, recognizing the growing need of baby boomers to maintain heart health, Leiner created Cardio Discovery, a supplement based on 28 years of research by Nobel Prize winner Ferid Murad.
Ferid Murad. It is designed to help support the cardiovascular system by increasing the production of nitric oxide, which helps to maintain the flexibility of veins and arteries so that blood flows freely.