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South America Task Force

Task force leaders

Gabriel Diaz, Colombia

Vinicio de Jesus Perez, United States

Gustavo Heresi, United States

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The PVRI's South American Task Force aims to improve the collaboration between Latin American countries and overall quality of pulmonary hypertension treatments in the region.

2021 Annual Report

Another turbulent year with Covid-19 mutations hitting the world hard.

Over the last few years, this Task Force has organised the following conferences:

  • August 2018 San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • May-June 2019 Lima, Peru
  • July 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • May 2021, Chile (virtual)

All conferences featured both local and international speakers and benefited from grass roots organisation by local patients’ PH associations.

The programmes were sponsored by local medical colleges and were a huge success and very well attended.

In this difficult year, the main focus of this Task Force has been our work with Dr Isanet Barrrantes a senior paediatric consultant from Panamá.

We have been planning the organisation of the 4th Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children which will be held in Panama in October 2022, the dates have not yet been confirmed.

The meeting in Panama will introduce a new approach to these symposia, which takes into account two important aspects: • Expanding the role of the PVRI South American Task Force to include an adult PH topic. • Analysing the important situation of children with PH who reach adulthood.


2021-22 Actions & Aspirations

  • Paediatric and adult PVD activities in Latin America to be one initiative. Children with PVD are living longer thanks to the care that physicians are providing. Adult PVD experts are now starting to take care of these patients and could learn a lot from paediatric colleagues. The experience gained from managing adults, carrying out basic/clinical research in adult patients could help paediatric colleagues to understand the evolution of these patients and set the stage for exciting collaborations. 
  • The 1st PVRI Latin America Adult Task Force Symposium 2022. The Latin America Task Force are hoping to hold an Adult PH symposium to be carried out over one day following The Panama Symposium on Paediatric PH. The symposium would include colleagues from Latin America and international PVRI members to discuss relevant topics covering research and clinical practice.
  • Collaborations between adult and paediatric experts in PVD. A major goal for the Latin America Task Force is to encourage clinical and scientific research collaborations between adult and paediatric experts in PVD. The Task Force is also working towards exciting international collaborations with PVRI members carrying out research in high-altitude PH to discuss genetics, biomarkers, and clinical studies.

 Annual Report

Like most organisations Covid-19 had a major impact on our activities and sadly no activities were undertaken in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

Activities under consideration for 2021

  • The 4th Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children, Scheduled for October 2021 in Panama, organised by Dr Isanet Barrantes. This will depend on the status of the Pandemic.
  • Latin American Webinars on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children potentially to be organised every 3 months.


2019 Annual Report

  •         In 2019, the principal activity of the South American Task Force was the preparation of the 3rd Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension, which took place in Merida México, from 2-4 May 2019. This event, organised by Dr Humberto García, was highly successful with more than 180 delegates attending from different countries.
  •         On 20 August 2019, in conjunction with Dr Sonia Muñoz and sponsored by Janssen, the Task Force organised a workshop on pulmonary hypertension in Children at Altitude in Pasto, South of Colombia, which is located at 2,550 metres above sea level. This workshop was attended by approximately 30 participants. 
  •         On 5-8 November 2019, the 17th Congress of the Latin Society of Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiovascular Surgery was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Esteemed PVRI member Dr Gabriel Diaz presented a talk on pulmonary hypertension. Dr Diaz hopes to share insights of this event in Lima. 
  •         The 3rd Latin American Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Children was held in Mexico, on 3-4 May 2019. It was well attended with 187 delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru. 

3rd Latin American Symposium on PH in Children in Mexico, 3-4 May 2019 

The faculty included 9 international speakers: 

-         María Jesús del Cerro, Spain

-         Shahin Moledina, UK

-         Pei Ni Jone, United States

-         Dora Haag, Argentina

-         Gabriel Diaz, Colombia

-         Lina Maria Caicedo, Colombia

-         Usha Raj, United States

-         Santiago Ucros, Colombia

-         Jaime Alberto Franco, Colombia 

We would like to thank the three PVRI sponsored speakers, Maria Jesus del Cerro Marin, Dunbar Ivy and Shahin Moledina, for their input and contributions. 

Workshops, Presentations & Discussions

On the first day, the following workshops took place: 

  • Basic echocardiography workshop
  • Advanced echocardiography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance workshop 

Presentations and discussions followed the over the next two days, that were well received, on topics such as: 

  • Clinic PAH
  • Image in paediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Haemodynamics
  • Pulmonary hypertension (PH) in neonatology
  • Surgery and intervention in congenital heart disease associated with PH
  • Intensive care and PH

Delegates had a stimulating and thought-provoking learning experience coupled with amazing South American hospitality and entertainment. 

The Symposium Scientific Committee would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the esteemed faculty for making this event a memorable one. 

The 4th Latin American Symposium on PH in Children will take place in Panama City in 2021.

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