About the Authors

Benjamin Rhodes

Affiliation Rheumatology Section, Division of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Marilyn E. Merriman

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Andrew Harrison

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Michael J. Nissen

Affiliation Rheumatology Unit, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Malcolm Smith

Affiliation Rheumatology Unit, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Lisa Stamp

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

Sophia Steer

Affiliation Clinical and Academic Rheumatology, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Tony R. Merriman

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Timothy J. Vyse

t.vyse@imperial.ac.uk

Affiliation Rheumatology Section, Division of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: BR MEM AH MJN MS LS SS TRM TJV. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: BR MEM AH MJN MS LS SS TRM TJV. Designed the experiments/the study: BR TJV. Analyzed the data: BR TJV. Collected data/did experiments for the study: BR MEM AH MJN MS LS SS TRM. Enrolled patients: AH MJN MS LS SS. Wrote the first draft of the paper: BR. Contributed to the writing of the paper: BR MEM AH MJN MS LS SS TRM TJV. Responsible for preparing data (and checking of data integrity) from New Zealand and Australian samples included in the analysis: MEM.