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is only the first and most immediate therapeutic application, but
it is hardly a trivial one, since impotency affects some 9 percent
of the world's human males. Ignarro is proud of the pile of letters
he has accumulated from grateful spouses.
as that may be, Ignarro believes his work eventually will help prevent
the vascular complications of diabetes, and his ultimate goal is
advancing his work to the point of "actually cutting back on
deaths due to cardiovascular disease." He hopes the prestige,
and the accompanying financial clout, from the Nobel Prize will
help him to accelerate progress in that direction.
he has found that "the dean and chancellor and others here
at UCLA certainly have developed a little bit more respect for me,
which is a good thing." Friends look at him differently, too
and, in the competitive sports Ignarro still enjoys, "they
let me win."
Sharon Ignarro M.D. '96, is also a resident at UCLA, where she teaches
family medicine. When they married, two-and-a-half years ago, "she
thought she was marrying a nice, quiet professor. She's a bit shy,
and I think the first thing she thought after the Nobel Prize was
announced was, 'Oh, my lord, now I have to go meet all these new
people.' But she's really enjoyed this, and the Nobel Prize has
opened up some avenues for her. She gets treated with respect here
as a physician and she's had opportunities to practice family medicine
in different ways."
changed is Ignarro's commitment to teaching. He is the winner of
11 consecutive Golden Apples, the award UCLA medical students give
to the year's best teacher. "Most people either focus on research
or focus on teaching," Ignarro says. "I work very hard
to focus on both."
the academic year, he arrives at work at 4 o'clock in the morning,
works on his lecture 'til 8, delivers the lecture and then spends
another four hours preparing for the next one. "I am very busy,
but I do not do it at the expense of my research."
the Nobel laureate, the Golden Apple is "a great reward."