DR. FERID MURAD, NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE (1998) ADDRESSED THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF KIIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ON 3RD JANUARY 2014.

Dr. Ferid Murad, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (1998) addressed the students and Faculty of KiiT International School as part of the Inspire Program of KIIT to encourage school students from all over Odisha to pursue Science and research as a career choice in life. Dr. Murad's key research demonstrated that nitroglycerin and related drugs worked by releasing nitric oxide into the body, which acted as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system, making blood vessels dilate.

After a brief introduction, he showed a short film about his life and the journey that led to the Nobel Prize. Willingness to research subjects of research by asking oneself questions that are unanswered and working towards finding those answers is what he explained lucidly as research. The thrill and joy of finding answers to questions and the realization that the person who has the answers is the only one in the world to do so is the source of immense joy and satisfaction.

Dr. Murad also said that though there is no greater reward and recognition for scientific research than the Nobel Prize, but one cannot embark on research with an aim to win the Prize. He also emphasized that humble moorings and family patronage or the lack of it should not deter one from giving up on his passion in life. Rather, pursuing it with focus and determination, despite the odds is the way forward.

During his discourse, he answered questions from the young student audience from different Schools of India, encouraging them to take up Science and pursue a career in research as a viable option in life. When asked about his future plans in life, he said that he wanted to win the Nobel Prize once again if it was possible.
Dr. Murad was able to connect with the students and faculty who were part of the program, and made it an experience of a lifetime for all those who were part of it.