02 June 2018

PVRI ATS Get-together in San Diego

An evening in San Diego, California

The PVRI recently held our annual Get-together at the ATS this year and would like to thank all those for recently attending. The event was extremely well attended, with nearly 135 people present. We would like to thank Restaurant Asti for hosting us. Our president, Paul Hassoun said:

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you again and greeting new members over good food, wine and interesting conversation. Many of you brought your mentees and other colleagues to the event, and I thank you for introducing them to our community. Each day, the PVRI network grows because of small efforts such as these and in turn, it helps us get one step closer to achieving our mission of reducing the global burden of pulmonary vascular diseases worldwide.
Paul Hassoun PVRI President

We would very much appreciate you to encourage your colleagues, who attended the event, to sign up for membership to the PVRI. They can do so by clicking this link:


We would like to congratulate our PVRI members who received awards during the ATS. Find out who the winners were by clicking this link: https://pvrinstitute.org/en/professionals/news/2018/5/29/award-winning-pvri-members-at-the-ats-2018/

Finally, as mentioned during the event, our next Annual World Congress will be held in Barcelona from 31 January to 3 February 2019. For more information and to register, please follow this link:


We look forward to seeing each of you again at our next event.



Congratulations to award winning PVRI members at the ATS 2018

Congratulations to Ghazwan Butrous and Rebecca Vanderpool for winning esteemed awards at the ATS Annual Assembly 2018.


Professor Ghazwan Butrous, President Emeritus of the PVRI won the ATS Pulmonary Circulation Leadership Award 2018

Kurt Stenmark kindly introduced the award for Ghazwan with these words:

"Professor Ghazwan Butrous is widely accepted as one of the pioneers with regards to the modern management of Pulmonary Hypertension. During his time at Pfizer, thanks to his resilience and perseverance, he was the instrumental scientific mind behind the discovery for the use of ‘Sildenafil’ in the treatment of PH beyond its initial commercial success as an erectile dysfunction drug.

In order to enhance the understanding of PH throughout the world, he founded the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute in 2006, along with Stuart Rich, Martin Wilkins and Nick Morrell, with the ambitious aim of bringing the world’s leading voices together to openly collaborate in the name of moving the science forward. The first meeting of the PVRI was held in Malta in 2006 and attended by around 15 people. Twelve years on, the PVRI now holds more than 10 scientific meetings a year around the world reaching out to over 1,250 delegates of physicians and scientists. The PVRI professional membership has now expanded to over 7,500 contacts in 75 different countries.  

Professor Butrous still stands as the President Emeritus of the PVRI and is an honorary Professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. His exemplary attitude of openness and willingness to participate runs deeply within the values of the communities he has helped to build and is an inspiration to many as a result.”


Rebecca Vanderpool receives the ATS Early Career Achievement Award 2018. 

Also recognised was Rebecca Vanderpool, a post-doctoral scholar from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, USA and a member of the PVRI Committee for Young Clinicians & Scientists, who received the ATS Early Career Achievement Award 2018.


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