March 09, 2006
Nobel Prize winner Ferid Murad, a leading American physician and
pharmacologist in the development of drugs for the cardiovascular
system, will discus the evolving field of nitric oxide, 12:10 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 14, on the St. John’s University Queens campus.
The seminar, sponsored by the
St. John’s University student chapter of the American Chemical
Society and the Department
of Chemistry, will feature the “Discovery of Nitric Oxide –
Cyclic GMP Signaling Pathway and Applications to Drug Development,”
in Sullivan Hall B-14.
Murad, who received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or
Medicine, will discuss the biological effects of nitric oxide and
its ability to regulate a growing list of biochemical
Naturally produced in the body, nitric oxide helps to maintain
the flexibility of veins and arteries so that blood flows freely.
Based upon his discoveries, scientists know the role nitric oxide
plays in cardiovascular health and its essential nature in
maintaining the flexibility of blood vessels to support healthy
"The discovery of nitric oxide and its effects on the
cardiovascular system is a major scientific breakthrough," said
Murad, director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the
University of Texas Medical School at Houston and chair of the
university's department of integrative biology and
One application discovered by Murad was in the development of
the male erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Based on 28 years of
research, Murad also developed Cardio Discovery®, an innovative
nutritional health supplement that helps support the cardiovascular
system by increasing production of nitric oxide.
For further information, contact Joseph Harkins, Office of Media
Relations, St. John’s University, (718) 990-5789; email@example.com.