|PVRI FUNCTIONAL AND DISEASES TASKFORCES
|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 107
|Date of Web Publication||11-Jan-2012|
|How to cite this article:|
. Administrative Activities. PVRI Review 2011;3:107
The PVRI website has been renewed to reflect recent changes in PVRI collaborations. As PVRI moves into the new year, the website has become more open and more individualised across the board in order to encourage easy interaction and collaboration amongst Fellows and members. The new website offers the following new features:
- My PVRI - A individualised dashboard profile for each Fellow or member, which allows user-friendly updates to address, details and disclosure, collects the PVRI-related RSS feeds as preferred by the individual, and produces a PVRI membership certificate upon demand. It also features a PVRI-centric email, allowing users simple communication.
- PVD Image Gallery - Fellows and members are encouraged to upload their PVD related images with a caption, in an attempt to build a comprehensive image library on pulmonary vascular diseases.
- Content uploads - the new website allows user to upload content directly onto the server and to link to it, ensuring that taskforces can keep all relevant information in one universally accessible place on the website. The general public is not able to access these folders, allowing security and back-up of content.
- Content support - videos can now be uploaded to the website, as well as documents and images as necessary.
- PVRI Help- any questions will be answered by the FAQ, which also has short instruction videos regarding use of the website.
- PVRI Events Diary - Members and Fellows are encouraged to upload information on upcoming events onto the website, using the events diary as well as the general content creation to post blogs and pages.
PVRI Educational Website
PVRI has also created an e-learning website which will be released in 2012. The e-learning website features content such as lectures, slides and videos which allow students to learn on a virtual platform. It will be the vehicle for full certification in Pulmonary Vascular Diseases and CME/CPD credits.
The PVRI has created a smartphone app to allow easy access to the website and more for mobile phone users. The smartphone app will be available for download in the first quarter of 2012 for iPhone and iPad users. A Blackberry and Android app will be released later.
The current PVRI membership totals 554 membership. This is an increase of 117 members and Fellows during the year 2011 at the time of printing.
PVRI Research Grants 2010
Animal Model of Pulmonary Hypertension for Identification of New Therapeutic
Dr. Kashif Hanif, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.
Dr. Hanif was awarded a PVRI Travel grant in September 2010. He has now shown that an aqueous extract of pomegranate juice prevents the development of pulmonary hypertension in the monocrotaline rat model, reduces oxidative stress and inhibits a rise in ACE activity in the lungs. Dr. Hanif will begin training in Giessen from April 2012 onwards on the Animal Models of Pulmonary Hypertension for Identification of New Therapeutics.