map showing APCSC participation by country.  Countries participating are mainland China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand
Map showing APCSC participation by country

The APCSC is a collaborative project that seeks to pool data from existing longitudinal studies with information on cardiovascular disease in the Asia Pacific.

The project's main research themes are:

  • risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • interactions between risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • prevalence and attributable risk for five major cardiovascular disease risk factors
  • the relationship of cancer incidence to cardiovascular disease risk factors

The APCSC database now has data on over 650,000 participants from 44 separate cohort studies in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. It is considered the largest epidemiological collaboration in the southern hemisphere and in the top five of the world's largest medical studies.

To date, over 40 papers from the project have been published or are in press in international peer reviewed journals.

Media Contact

Maya Kay, Communications Manager, Australia
The George Institute for Global Health