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High Altitude Task Force

Task force leaders

Qadar Pasha, India

Max Gassmann, Switzerland

Type of task force

Disease & Speciality

Striving to carry out research and develop new pulmonary vascular treatments for patients suffering from PVD and pulmonary hypertension associated with high altitude and hypoxia.

2019 Annual Report

This year, the PVRI High-Altitude Task Force has been very active in scientific interactions. It participated in the 12th Annual World Congress of the International Society of Mountain Medicine in Nepal. It is important to emphasise that most of the participants were young women researchers and scientists. Their exposure was part of their educational training and skill development.

In addition to their active participation in the scientific presentations, they interacted with several imminent researchers in the field. Another significant development was the participation from Defence organisations, especially the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi, India.

It was an opportunity for my DIPAS colleagues, and several of our PVRI friends, to interact and share scientific interests. Dr Aastha Mishra, a PVRI member who delivered a talk in one of the sessions, was considered one of the best young speakers by the international jury and was awarded for her excellent work.

Among other young researchers, Drs Manjari Rain, Kavita Sharma; Tsering Palmo and Manjula Miglani, all provided either oral or poster presentations on high altitude pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Qadar Pasha was assigned responsibility to organise and chair a special session on high altitude research activities by the ISMM scientific committee, as well as delivering in another session. Dr Max Gassmann also delivered a very dynamic and well-received presentation. 

Other meetings & conferences

Dr Qadar Pasha was invited to participate and deliver talks in the following two international conferences: 

  • The PRVI 13th Annual World Congress on Pulmonary Vascular Disease, Barcelona, in January 2019.
  • The Grover Conference, under American Thoracic Society (ATS), on ‘Pulmonary Vasculature in Lung Development, Homeostasis, Injury, Repair and Aging’, at Lost Valley Ranch Sedalia, Denver, USA, in September 2019. 

It is with mixed feelings that we announce Dr Ghulam Mohammad’s retirement after 30 years of dedicated service to his patients. He was a Senior Consultant and Head of Department of Medicine at the Sonam Nurboo Memorial Hospital (SNM) Hospital, Leh, Ladakh. He was one of our most active PVRI family members from India, a great friend and a crucial collaborator in our high-altitude pulmonary hypertension research.

Colleagues at the SNM Hospital gave him a befitting farewell. We salute our colleague for his great contribution to the medical field and scientific initiatives. His contribution has also been enormous in arranging the volunteer subjects at the hospital, whether controls or patients, of HAPE (high-altitude pulmonary edema).

He was highly instrumental in developing the ‘High-altitude Research Lab’ at the SNM Hospital, and continues to carry out his private clinic work, as well as having also joined other private hospitals in Leh, as a Consultant. We wish him a healthy and beautiful life ahead and every success in his professional activities. 

Future Conferences

‘The 6th International Leh Symposium’ is to be organised in September 2020, at the most scenic and equally most peaceful land of Buddha, Leh, Ladakh, India. Further details will be available on the PVRI website in due course, but we invite our all PVRI family members and colleagues from other fields to attend this event.

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