About the Authors

Jemma B. Wilk

jwilk@bu.edu

Affiliation Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ting-hsu Chen

Affiliations Pulmonary Center, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Daniel J. Gottlieb

Affiliations Pulmonary Center, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States of America, Veteran's Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Robert E. Walter

Affiliations Pulmonary Center, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Michael W. Nagle

Affiliation Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Brian J. Brandler

Affiliation Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Richard H. Myers

Affiliation Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ingrid B. Borecki

Affiliation Division of Statistical Genomics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Edwin K. Silverman

Affiliation Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Scott T. Weiss

Affiliation Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

George T. O'Connor

Affiliations Pulmonary Center, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Competing Interests

EKS received an honorarium for a talk on COPD genetics in 2006, grant support for two studies of COPD genetics (2004–2008), and consulting fees (2006–2008) from GlaxoSmithKline. EKS received an honorarium from Wyeth for a talk on COPD genetics in 2004. EKS received an honorarium from Bayer for a symposium at the ERS Meeting in 2005. EKS received honoraria for talks in 2007 and 2008 and consulting fees in 2008 from AstraZeneca.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JBW REW RHM EKS STW GTO. Performed the experiments: MWN BJB. Analyzed the data: JBW ThC DJG REW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JBW RHM IBB. Wrote the paper: JBW ThC DJG REW RHM IBB EKS STW GTO.