Infection and Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Consortium

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The risk of subjects developing pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is perhaps four to six times higher in developing countries compared to developed regions probably because of infectious diseases.   Many infections can contribute to PHT such as Schistosomiasis and other Helminthic diseases; Viral infection, such as HIV.  Fungal in infections, like P. brasiliensis which causes Paracoccidioidomycosis and bacterial infections, such as B. Pertussis, and probably tuberculosis.

More we need systematic and coherent efforts to investigate the role of infection in PHT. Thus, a group of scientists met in Canterbury in October 2018 and establish a consortium (iPVD) to enhance research and education in this area.

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