Heart Health Research Center
About the Center
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer. Each year, it is responsible for 17.5 million premature deaths, and this is expected to rise to 23 million within the next two decades. In China it is the leading cause of morbidity, mortality, and disability, with an estimated one in five adults having some form of it.
The Heart Health Research Center is a joint venture launched in October 2016 by The George Institute for Global Health and leading healthcare organization Cardio Union. This academic collaborative venture aims to rapidly translate reliable research outcomes into clinical practice, to improve the performance of health care systems, and help address health issues like heart disease and stroke in China.
The Center’s key priorities are to:
- Provide high quality research services in the field of cardiovascular disease of the heart, brain and kidney - major causes of premature death, disability and suffering.
- Assist doctors, researchers and industry to obtain grants, design protocols, undertake the best research, and publish results in the world’s top journals.
- Propel high-level research at clinical, population, and healthcare cardiovascular services.
- Promote better prevention and management of cardiovascular disease in China through multi-center randomised controlled trials, disease registries, and community surveillance studies.
- Provide training and capacity building activities in research methods, analysis and technical report writing.
The Heart Health Research Center is led by:
- Professor Craig Anderson, Executive Director, The George Institute, China
- Professor Xin Du, Chief physician in cardiology, Anzhen Hospital
About Cardio Union
Cardio Union was co-founded in June 2015 by a group of well-known Chinese cardiologists, and has become a leading healthcare organization focused on the prevention and treatment of cardiology diseases. As of late 2016, 388 Chinese cardiovascular disease experts have signed up as core experts of Cardio Union: 316 of them being chief physicians and professors, and 72 being deputy chief physicians and associate professors. The network covers 30 provinces and 68 major cities, and engaged in 28 medical centers.