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Release: Feb. 7, 2002

MEDIA ADVISORY:

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.