AUGUSTA, Ga. – Seven-hundred and ninety-five future health care professionals will be recognized as the newest graduates of Georgia Health Sciences University at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Augusta’s James Brown Arena.
Ferid Murad M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology, professor, physician and scientist, will be the guest speaker for this year’s commencement.
|Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Oliver Smithies, also speaks at GHSU.
Dr. Murad is a University Professor and Director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Signaling at the George Washington University (“GWU”) in Washington, D.C., where he currently also leads a laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, on the Pre-Medicine track, from DePauw University, Dr. Murad enrolled in one of the earliest physician-scientist training programs, earning his M.D./Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1965. His training included an Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Murad served as faculty and Chairman of various departments at the University of Virginia, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of Texas–Houston, prior to joining GWU in 2011. He has also advised and developed many biotechnology companies over the years, serving, for instance, as the Vice President of Research and Development at Abbott Laboratories from 1988 to 1993. Over the years, Dr. Murad has advised approximately 140 trainees in his laboratories, many of whom have gone on to become academic and pharmaceutical industry leaders.
His revolutionary findings demonstrated the important role of Nitric Oxide in the body as a signaling molecule to increase cyclic GMP and dilate blood vessels; for his work on Nitric Oxide, Dr. Murad earned the Nobel Prize along with Drs. Furchgott and Ignarro. This work has immensely impacted medicine, patient care, and drug development, illuminating, for instance, how nitroglycerin and similar drugs work.
In addition to the Nobel Prize, Dr. Murad has earned various other distinctions such as the Albert and Mary Lasker Award for Basic Research; the AHA Ciba Award; the AAMC and University of Texas Research prizes; and 13 honorary degrees. He is a member of many foreign academies as well as the National Academic Society, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Each of the university’s five colleges also will hold individual year-end ceremonies as follows: College of Allied Health Sciences Honors Convocation, 6 p.m., May 10, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 11, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way; College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 11, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 10, Bell Auditorium; and College of Nursing Convocation, 10:30 a.m., May 11, Bell Auditorium.
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