FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How is the APCSC funded?

APCSC has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the Health Research Council of New Zealand and Pfizer Inc., through an unrestricted medical grant.

Who 'owns' the data?

The APCSC makes no claim of ownership on any of the data submitted to the Collaboration. The data from each study remain the sole property of the principle investigators of that study and will not be used for any presentation or publication without the consent of the collaborating investigators from the studies involved. Any data queries that may arise are discussed and resolved in confidence with the responsible collaborating investigator. The data provided for inclusion in the APCSC are held in strict confidence by the Secretariat.

How do you keep in touch with Collaborators?

The APCSC Secretariat coordinates all correspondence primarily through regular e-mails. An APCSC Newsletter is issued every 4 months or so and an Executive Committee Meeting is held annually, with the meeting minutes made available to all collaborators. Executive Committee teleconferences are organised as the need arises. A password protected link on this website is available to all APCSC collaborators to access specific APCSC documents.

How do you disseminate results from APCSC analyses?

We are very active in participating in local, regional and international conferences and encourage and support collaborators to attend conferences on behalf of the APCSC. Over 35 papers have been published in international peer-reviewed journals using data from the APCSC. We aim to highlight the results of the APCSC through appropriate media coverage in the region.

How can my study join the APCSC?

Participation Criteria

Studies are potentially eligible for inclusion in this project if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • A study population from the Asia-Pacific region
  • Prospective cohort study design
  • At least 5000 person-years of follow-up recorded or planned
  • Date of birth (or age), gender, and blood pressure recorded at baseline
  • Date of death or the age at death recorded during follow-up

How to Participate

If you are interested in joining APCSC and believe that you study satisfies the eligibility requirements, please contact the APCSC Secretariat by emailing apcsc@george.org.au or alternatively in writing, by sending correspondence to the Project Coordinator, APCSC Secretariat, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia. We would be most happy to hear from you!