The focus of GW-ICC has been elevated to a new level since 2000. Today’s Congress attaches heavy emphasis on cross-disciplinary integration and research on areas such as cardiovascular diseases and endocrinology, diabetes, neurology, examination, psychology, medical imaging, among others. This development has led to the progress of many unique Chinese research projects, while encouraging broad collaborations with foreign cardiovascular specialist societies and associations. The scope and fields of academic exchange have fully expanded, demonstrating China’s research achievements in cardiovascular disease.
In the past four years, led by GW-ICC, the Asia Pacific Heart Association (APHA) was established jointly by leading experts, scholars and academic organizations of cardiovascular and related fields across the Asia-Pacific region. Together with APHA, GW-ICC held the Asia Pacific Heart Congress (APHC) to feature the latest insights on cardiovascular disease prevention, health promotion and health education development in China and the Asia Pacific region. These events also delved into developments within the field of cardiology worldwide, as well as major trends in societal development, medical research and disease control.
GW-ICC & APHC 2011 attracted 13,000 experts and doctors from 29 countries and regions. The congress had 23 sub-venues, 1,507 academic speakers, 316 sessions and 45 special topics. To harness the large scale and depth of content presented, the Congress adopted new communication technologies to strengthen foundational research, promote disease prevention and control, and standardize clinical practice and service to the general public.