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Europe Task Force

Task force leaders

Dario Vizza, Italy

Stefano Ghio, Italy

Type of task force

Regional

The European PVRI Task Force aims to create networks between European research institutes and clinics, international colleagues and PH specialists, to facilitate clinical projects and further develop pulmonary hypertension treatment.

2019 Annual Report

In 2019, the European PVRI Task Force creating networks between European and International Colleagues and collaborated on clinical projects in the field of pulmonary hypertension (PH) – the central objective that the European Task Force, and PVRI as a whole, considers of outstanding importance.

As in previous years, many efforts in 2019 have been dedicated to this cause:

In Pulmonary Hypertension Group 3

The PVRI is sponsoring the international "SUPPORT" project, led by Lucilla Piccari, Patrizio Vitulo and John Worth, aimed at clarifying the phenotype of specific pulmonary hypertension patients.

The feasibility of the study was extensively discussed with the representatives of a dozen centres of the Italian Pulmonary Hypertension Network (iPHNET) and experts in the management of the third pulmonary hypertension group. Lucilla Piccari presented this project during the 2nd meeting of the European PVRI Task Force.

In PH Group 2

The international multicentre collaboration is aimed at gaining insights on reversibility or irreversibility of pulmonary hypertension is moving forward, with results projected for 2020/21.

In PH Group 1

The international multicentre collaboration on pathophysiological objectives which will never be the aims of randomised clinical trials is also moving forward. Results are also projected 2020/21.

The second meeting of the European Task Force was held at Acireale in October. Again, as in 2017, the wonderful Sicily has hosted some of the best known PVRI scientists, discussing hot topics in the field of pulmonary hypertension.

The presentations of the meeting can be found in the PVRI website, accompanied by a short but focused comment prepared by Valentina Mercurio.

Eastern Europe

  •         During the Russian Congress of Cardiology – a branch of the European Society of Cardiology – held in Kiev, Ukraine (24-26 September 2019), the PVRI Eastern Europe Task Force, led by Yuriy Sirenko, held a session dedicated to pulmonary hypertension.
  •         Held in the Olympic Stadium Congress, Dr Abdullah Aldalaan, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Saudi Arabia), presented the following talk: ‘SAUDI Pulmonary Hypertension Registry: Compared to west registries’.

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