Paroian Family PHA Canada PH Research Scholarship - Description of Virginie F. Tanguay's Project

Paroian Family PHA Canada PH Research Scholarship - Description of Virginie F. Tanguay's Project


Metabolic Syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension

Researchers: Virginie F. Tanguay, Simon Malenfant, Sandra Breuils-Bonnet, Olivier Boucherat, Sébastien Bonnet, and Steeve Provencher, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec.

Increasing scientific evidence supports the idea that metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, may play a role in the development of pulmonary hypertension. The goal of this project is to evaluate the impact of metabolic syndrome in pulmonary hypertension patients (WHO Group 1—pulmonary arterial hypertension and WHO Group 2—PH associated with left-sided heart disease). More specifically, the project will study the accumulation of fats in different organs and the relationship to cardiac and pulmonary functions, muscular strength, and medium-term prognosis. This innovative research will shed light on the clinical pertinence of metabolic disorders, thus increasing our understanding of pulmonary hypertension and its treatment. 

About Virginie F. Tanguay


Virginie F. Tanguay began her doctorate in medicine in 2012 at Université Laval, Québec, QC. Her internship with the IUCPQ research group in pulmonary hypertension and vascular biology solidified her interest in pursuing research in
this area and led her to begin a master’s degree in experimental medicine in 2015. Virginie believes that her master’s degree will enable her to better invest in her patients in the future: “I am convinced that this course of study, in parallel to the pursuit of my doctorate in medicine, will equip me with tools to better face future clinical and research challenges and will make me a more well-rounded clinician.”  Virginie will continue to pursue her objective of bettering the quality of life of patients when she undertakes PH research as part of her postdoctoral studies next year.

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