Robert F. Furchgott Society

A tribute to Dr. Robert Furchgott's outstanding achievements and research contributions.
Furchgott with King

A Brief History

During the 1950s, Dr. Robert Furchgott developed a method for determining how blood vessels respond to medications, neurotransmitters, and hormones, using a piece of rabbit aorta cut in the form of a helix. Dr. Furchgott's major research advances came in 1980, when he discovered a substance produced by endothelial cells that causes relaxation of vascular smooth muscle. He called this substance endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). This substance was later identified as nitric oxide. On October 12, 1998, Dr. Furchgott received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Furchgott's discoveries have helped scientists understand and discover new treatments for cardiovascular disease and a host of other conditions, ranging from immune disorders to memory loss, pulmonary diseases, and erectile dysfunction.

20th Anniversary Celebration

In October of 2018 the Robert F. Furchgott Society celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Dr. Furchgott's receipt of the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his historic SUNY Downstate-based research on nitric oxide. The reception and dinner gala was held at the New York Academy of Sciences located on the 40th Floor of 7 World Trade Center in New York City, hosted by SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D.

Dr. Robert F. Furchgott 20th Anniversary Celebration Tribute to Dr. Robert F. Furchgott,