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0 November 4, 1999
Volume 30 Number 7
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Fourth Nobel Laureate to Visit Chico

The Nobel Prize honors the greatest minds and greatest contributions to humankind. Prize winner in Medicine, Dr. Ferid Murad, who will speak on November 11 as part of the President's Lecture Series, is the fourth Nobel Laureate to visit Chico in nine months.

In 1998, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Murad, Robert F. Furchgott, and Louis J. Ignarro for their discoveries concerning "nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system." Nitric oxide protects the heart, stimulates the brain, and kills bacteria. It works as a weapon against infections, as a regulator of blood pressure and as a gate keeper of blood flow to different organs. Nitric oxide is being explored for a growing list of potential therapeutic applications.

Murad is chair of the Department of Integrated Biology and Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Texas-Houston, Medical School and director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine also at the University of Texas-Houston.

Murad's brother, Turhon A. Murad, teaches in the Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico. The Murad brothers grew up in Indiana. Ferid Murad holds a B.A. from Depew University, and both his M.D. and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Western Reserve University, School of Medicine in Ohio.

Murad's lecture will be held on Thursday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of the President, Chico Performances, Butte College, and the City of Chico. -- KM

 

 


 

 

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