For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2005

Morris Lectureship features Heineken Prize for Medicine
Recipient, Salvador Moncada, M.D., Ph.D.

DAYTON, OHIO-Internationally recognized scientist Dr. Salvador Moncada, from London, England, will discuss his seminal work at a free, public event on Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Moncada is the invited guest speaker for the Earl H. Morris Endowed Lectureship to be held in Room 171 Frederick A. White Health Center on Wright State's campus.

The work of Professor Moncada has revolutionized our understanding of cardiovascular function and pathology through his research on the role of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule. Moncada's research involves endothelial cells - flat cells that form a layer lining blood and lymphatic vessels, and even the heart - and how the nitric oxide these cells produce actually relaxes the vessels. His research explains how nitroglycerin, used since 1867 for angina pectoris, is so effective, and his discoveries are the basis for new medicines, including Viagra. Moncada is the director of The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London.

Dr. Mariana Morris, professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology at Wright State University School of Medicine, emphasizes that all interested persons in the community are welcome. "This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to hear such a renowned scientist, one who has made outstanding contributions to medical science," she says.

Moncada has published more than 700 scientific papers, and has written and edited several books on inflammation and cardiovascular research. He is the most cited British scientific author in Biomedicine. He has received the Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize for Science and Technology, the Heineken Prize for Medicine, and the Amsterdam Prize for Medicine, among other awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

This lectureship was endowed by Herbert C. and Marion Morris to honor the memory of Earl H. Morris, M.D., and to support biomedical research. Born in Bellbrook, Ohio, Dr. Morris graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1903 and practiced medicine in the Dayton area for more than 50 years. An avid learner throughout his lifetime, Dr. Morris was keenly interested in medical research and advances in clinical practice. This lectureship is a tribute to his dedication to the science of medicine.

For more information about the lecture, contact Wright State's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at (937) 775-2168.