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Dr. Robert F. Furchgott was an extraordinary scientist who made major contributions to our understanding of cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology. He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for identifying the fundamental role that nitric oxide (NO) plays in the regulation of cardiovascular function.


Dr. Furchgott was the first to discover that the cells lining blood vessels produce a substance that induces vascular relaxation. He subsequently proposed that this novel endothelial-derived relaxing factor is nitric oxide. Dr. Furchgott’s discoveries have helped scientists understand and find new treatments for cardiovascular diseases and a host of other conditions ranging from immune disorders to memory loss, pulmonary disease, and erectile dysfunction.

The Robert F. Furchgott Society supports graduate students, fellows and residents conducting basic science and clinical studies in a broad array of subjects. Each year one exceptionally talented graduating Ph.D. student and one medical student is honored with The Robert F. Furchgott Award for Excellence in Research. The Society also provides annual Research Fellowship awards to deserving clinical and/or basic research postdoctoral fellows, residents


In addition, the Society has established an annual Visiting Professorship and brings the most prominent and accomplished researchers to our institute to share knowledge, expertise and perspective.