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How NCD-RisC functions

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) is a network of health scientists around the world that provides rigorous and timely data on risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for 200 countries and territories. The group works closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), through the WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Surveillance, Epidemiology and Modelling at Imperial College London. NCD-RisC pools high-quality population-based data using advanced statistical methods, designed specifically for analysing NCD risk factors. The Collaboration currently has data from over 3,300 population-based surveys from 197 countries since 1957, with nearly 200 million participants whose risk factor levels have been measured.

NCD-RisC is coordinated by the WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Modelling at Imperial College London, and by its Director, Professor Majid Ezzati. NCD-RisC members are researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields and disciplines who re-analyse specific population-based data that are eventually included in the Collaboration’s pooling analyses. They come from all regions of the world, and are indicated on the map below by country of their primary institution. Core funding for the NCD-RisC database is provided by the Wellcome Trust, with specific analyses also funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), Research England, European Union, WHO, NCD Alliance, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a charitable grant from the AstraZeneca Young Health Programme.

To join NCD-RisC, please complete the NCD-RisC data request and study information file and send to together with additional information about your study, including publications, websites and protocol documents.




Population-based surveys



List of collaborators by country

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