Nitric Oxide – The Miracle Molecule
From diabetes to hypertension, cancer to drug addiction, stroke to intestinal motility, memory and learning disorders to septic shock, sunburn to anorexia, male impotence to tuberculosis, there is probably no pathological condition where nitric oxide does not play an important role. Only within the last 25 years was Nitric Oxide discovered as a product of enzymatic synthesis in mammals, there are more than 114,000 scientific papers dealing with this remarkable molecule with most of these published within the last eight years.
The Nitric Oxide Society was founded in 1996 and incorporated in the State of California in order to promote the advancement of basic and applied scientific research in all aspects of nitric oxide research, to disseminate important research results to the general public concerning nitric oxide, to develop and enhance the education and training of students and researchers in this field, to foster interdisciplinary communication by convening conferences, by publishing meritorious scientific articles in the official Journal of the Society Nitric Oxide Biology and Chemistry, and by employing other appropriate methods of communication and to engage in such other conduct as shall be in furtherance of the corporation’s general and specific purposes.
“The discovery of nitric oxide is one of the most important discoveries in the history of cardiovascular medicine.”
VALENTINE FUSTER| M.D. 1998, President of the American Heart Association.
History - The Nobel Prize
Three American pharmacologists were awarded the Nobel Prize on Monday for their surprising discoveries of how natural production of a gas, nitric oxide, can mediate a wide variety of bodily actions.
Those include widening blood vessels, helping to regulate blood pressure, initiating erections, battling infections, preventing formation of blood clots and acting as a signal molecule in the nervous system.
The prize, for physiology or medicine, went to Dr. Robert Furchgott, 82, of the State University of New York in Brooklyn; Dr. Louis Ignarro, 57, of the University of California at Los Angeles, and Dr. Ferid Murad, 62, of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
Bringing together the best minds to discover the true power of Nitric Oxide.
Board of Directors
Prof. Andrew Gow
Dr. Neil Hogg
Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Harry Ischiropoulos
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Dr. Philip James
Wales Heart Research Institute
Dr. Chris Kevil
Dr. Dennis Stuehr
Dr. Martin Feelish
University of Warwick
Dr. Ulrich Forstermann
Johannes Gutenberg University
Dr. Steven S. Gross
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Louis J. Ignarro
UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Jack R. Lancaster, Jr.
University of Alabama Birmingham
Dr. Salvador Moncada
University College London
Dr. Jonathan S. Stamler
Case Western Reserve University
Letter from the past President
Dear Nitric Oxide Society Member,
As you know the Nitric Oxide Society has been existence since the 1990s and has operated chiefly to support the biennial international meeting. In addition, members of the society have served to edit, contribute to, and maintain the NO journal. Up until this point in time the society has operated as a community of colleagues who were interested in furthering NO research, but without a formalized structure for interaction. This has been satisfactory through the early development of the society but now the time has come for us to move forward.
The first stage of this reorganization has been to restructure the society web page (www.nitricoxidesociety.org) and to arrange electronic access for members to the NO journal. Please contact the NO Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain your login credentials for the NO journal. Please explore this NO website and see the new resources that are available to you. It is very important that as we embark on this new phase that we receive feedback from the membership as to how well the society fits their needs, so please send comments on the content that is there, but also if you have other ideas either related to the site or about the society itself please let us know.
In the upcoming months we will be sending a proposed structure for the future government of the society and as to how you can be involved in its development. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours in research,
Andrew Gow, President of the Nitric Oxide Society