With the current issue, my term as an Editor-in Chief of the PVRI Chronicle comes to an end. As we move on, I would like to pass the torch to Dr. Eileen Bauer, a young and enthusiastic PVRI fellow, to initiate the new beginnings henceforth.
The founding editor of the PVRI Journal, Dr. Harikrishnan once said “Change is constant and the course of life”. Indeed, PVRI Journal has evolved from PVRI Review to PVRI Chronicle. It has become the brand ambassador of the PVRI in upholding the Institute’s mission statement by focusing on the traditional triad of research, education, and clinical care, in activity and report alike. I am very fortunate to be a part of this progress.
This evolution brought different sections, PVRI News and Activities, Journal Club, Art Club, Learners’ Corner and Clinical Corner to accommodate articles from a wide range of areas and perspectives in order to form a truly inclusive view on the state of pulmonary vascular disease and the actions of the PVRI and its members. As journey continues in future issues, I would like to invite new ideas to further improve the journal and serve the institute’s mission in excellence.
In this issue, “Team PHenomenal Hope”, one of the articles in PVRI News and Activities certainly brings hope to the pulmonary hypertension community. Team PHenomenal Hope aspires to make impactful differences in the lives of people with pulmonary hypertension by educating and brining awareness about the disease as well as inspire others to rally to this cause through fundraising and awareness campaign. I would like congratulate Dr. Patricia George, President of Team PHenomenal Hope for such a noble initiative and echo for the action from PVRI community to race as a Team PH.
In PVRI News and Activities, Michael Seimetz and Mario Boehm succinctly summarized the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) that took place in Amsterdam from 26-30th September 2015. In addition, Prof. Ghazwan and Talent Sooronbaev reported the activities of the PVRI Central Asia Task force, now Central Asia Pulmonary Hypertension (CAPH) group. In the Journal Club, we have selected three interactive discussions: Pulmonary arterial hypertension and aging: Is there a connection?; Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension: hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction vs. vascular remodeling; and E-cigarettes: A fairy tale of a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes?. In the art club, current infography illustrates prevalence and hospital discharge status of human immunodeficiency virus–associated pulmonary arterial hypertension in the United States. The Learners’ Corner presents a review article on Pulmonary hypertension in Constrictive Pericarditis or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients?; Interview with Dr. Buddha Basnyat: High altitude physiology and medicine and potentiality of conducting high altitude research in Nepal and a Did You Know article “Secret anchors in the cell – tetraspanins”. The Clinical Corner presents an interesting case report on Upfront dual combination therapy in a patient with polymyositis complicated by pulmonary hypertension; an Interview: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Associated with Scleroderma: The Patient’s Perspective; and an original research article in Russian language on: Evaluation in Postoperative Period of Children with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
Editing and putting together the international journal takes enormous amount of time and dedication. I thoroughly enjoyed the editorial task, especially creatively designing PVRI Chronicle and its cover page cartoon. The opportunity of reviewing articles from the authors and communicating with PVRI fellows around the globe to collect feedback and make editorial decisions is in itself a reward and indeed of greatest satisfaction. Having said that, leading journal is a team work and I cannot thank enough to my fellow editors and the PVRI fellows who directly and indirectly helped me bring out Editorial Passing the torch 6 the best in PVRI journals. I would like to specially thank Prof. Ghazwan for his vision and providing me with this opportunity. Also, Nikki Krol, our past Executive editor of PVRI Journal (PVRI Review and PVRI Chronicle) equally deserves my sincere gratitude. She was a life-blood of PVRI. Finally, I would like to express my greatest thanks to the current Editorial Board members and CYCS members for their continuous support and help. Please join me in welcoming our new Editor-In Chief, Dr. Eileen Bauer as I pass on the torch.