Patrícia Silva, PhD, director of science content —

Patrícia holds a PhD in medical microbiology and infectious diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal. Her work in academia was mainly focused on molecular biology and the genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites. Patrícia earned several travel awards to present her work at international scientific meetings. She is a published author of several peer-reviewed science articles.

Articles by Patrícia Silva

Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Orlando Heart Institute Accredited by PHA

The Orlando Health Heart Institute’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program was recently recognized as an accredited comprehensive care center through the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s accreditation program for Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCCs). Qualifying PHCCs are either designated as a  PHA-accredited Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) or PHA-accredited Regional Clinical Program (RCP) based on…

3 PH Centers Newly Accredited by PHCC for High Level of Patient Care

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) announced that three more centers recently received Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) accreditation, raising the total number of PHA-accredited clinics to 32 across the U.S. In addition to acknowledging a high level of patient care, accreditation allows these centers to contribute to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry…

Oral Selexipag Approved in Canada for PAH

Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., recently announced that the selective IP receptor agonist Uptravi (selexipag) has been granted Notice of Compliance (NOC) approval by Health Canada for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Uptravi (selexipag) was originally discovered and synthesized by Nippon Shinyaku as an oral, prostacyclin receptor agonist formulated…

Phaware Teams with Super Bowl 50 for 2016 PH Awareness Contest

The phaware global association knows the soon-to-be-played Super Bowl 50 will attract plenty of fans and attention — and it’s teaming with the biggest sporting event in the U.S. (and a popular one elsewhere) to kick off its 2016 pulmonary hypertension global awareness campaign — Engage for a Cure — with the BIG GAME…

New PAH Blood Biomarkers May Lead to Better Treatment for Patients

Work on a doctoral dissertation at Umeå University in Sweden led to the discovery of new blood biomarkers reflecting vasoreactivity in lung blood vessels of patients with heart and lung disease, which can lead to simplified diagnostics and better treatment evaluation in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). L-arginine and dimethylarginines, the…

Pulmonary Hypertension Association To Highlight 25 Years of Achievements at This Year’s PHA Conference

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2016 by highlighting major Pulmonary Hypertension treatment advances made over the past two decades, in order to encourage those with PH to remain hopeful for the development of future therapeutic advancements that will improve quality of life and lifespan. To mark the occasion, the association…

PAH Study to Test Tocilizumab as Potential Disease Modifying Treatment

A new study is investigating whether tocilizumab, an immunosuppressive drug mainly used as a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, might also be a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Treatment options now available for the condition only alleviate disease symptoms. Tocilizumab may become the first disease modifying PAH drug. The…