The Founding Chairman was Professor Akira Yamamoto of Japan. The current President is Professor Richard O’Brien of Australia.
The main aim of the APSAVD is to provide a forum for Scientists and Clinicians in the region interested in atherosclerosis to meet regularly and share updates on the subject, as well as highlight similarities and differences of the disease as seen in the region compared to that seen in the western world where studies and guidelines usually originate. Given the changing health and disease patterns in the region, this is an increasingly important area.
In addition, regional collaboration on common research interests are encouraged. To achieve these aims, APSAVD conducts a regional Congress, which from 2018 will be held annually.
The 2016 Congress was in Japan and celebrated 20 years of APSAVD. In 2018 the congress was held in Iloilo, Philippines (2018) and future congresses will be in Taipei, Taiwan (2019), South Korea (2022) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2023). Other smaller meetings are also held in association with local Societies. Meetings which address a specific topic may also be arranged.