About PVRI

Our vision and mission

Our vision is to reduce the global burden of pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) within the next two decades. We will achieve this through global collaboration, striving for excellence in clinical care, research and education in PVD.

Who we are

The Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) is a charity that brings the best medical professionals in the world together in order to carry out research on pulmonary vascular disease (PVD), which can be more commonly described as high blood pressure in the lungs. This is a fatal illness that can affect people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, including many fit young athletes. It is estimated that over 60 million people in the world suffer from PVD, although this figure could be much higher as the disease is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

The PVRI is the only global medical research charity fighting PVD. All our efforts, as an organisation, are to improve the care of patients with PVD throughout the world by raising awareness of PVD, facilitating research and encouraging the development of medicines to treat PVD.

We have established Regional and Specialist Task Forces all over the world to raise awareness of the disease and to facilitate research.

Our members

Map of the PVRI members around the world

The PVRI has established itself as the professional international organisation fighting PVD on a global scale. Our network has expanded to over 6,500 people spread across 90 different countries worldwide, including an active membership of 1,250 PH professionals. We are immensely proud of our international reach and global representation as the PVRI is the only organisation in the disease area with a truly global reach.

Our collaborators

World Health


Medical societies

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Industry: Our Roundtable members

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Patient groups

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Online educational content


Each year, we organise two large scientific meetings:

  1. The PVRI Annual World Congress on PVD 
  2. The Drug Discovery & Development Symposium.

These events take place on different continents and are aimed at our members, the pharmaceutical industry and the drug regulatory bodies.

The scientific agenda for these events includes conference talks, discussions, interviews and abstract presentations from our global network. The e-learning side of our site is populated by these very talks and discussions, and allows us to educate all areas of the world that have access to the internet.

Task Forces


While our educational content is distributed online, our network of doctors and clinicians also help educate other professionals on the ground. Spanning over 75 different countries, our Task Forces specialise in nine different forms of the disease.

Our Task Forces include: 

Disease and Speciality Task Forces

  • Exercise
  • Genetics & Molecular 
  • High Altitude
  • HIV 
  • Imaging
  • Innovative Drug Development Initiative
  • Paediatric & Congenital Heart Disease
  • Women's Health & Pregnancy 

Regional Task Forces

  • Central Asia Task Force
  • China Task Force
  • Eastern Mediterranean & Saudi Arabia /SAPH 
  • Europe Task Force
  • India Task Force
  • North America Task Force
  • South America Task Force
  • South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa Task Force
  • South East Asia Task Force


Partner Organisations

The PVRI is proud to work with professional partner organisations around the world. PVRI members are, in many cases, members of one or more of these organisations and are encouraged to participate in get-togethers held during partner events. We emphasise the value that all levels of collaborative effort can bring in combatting a disease of common-focus. Listed here are details of organisations, which we collaborate with.

Our research platform is the world.

Through worldwide collaboration, we can begin to answer the question of a global disease.

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