About the Authors

Jicheng Lv, Bruce Neal, Parya Ehteshami, Mark Woodward, Anthony Rodgers, Stephen MacMahon, Fiona Turnbull, Graham Hillis, John Chalmers, Vlado Perkovic
The George Institute for Global Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Jicheng Lv, Haiyan Wang
Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China

Toshiharu Ninomiya
Department of Medicine and Clinical Science Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan

Mark Woodward
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Author

vperkovic@george.org.au

Competing Interests

JL has received grant support from Pfizer for hypertension research. VP, MW, SM, and JC have received honoraria from Servier for scientific presentations relating to blood pressure. SM and JC were principal investigators on ADVANCE, a blood pressure lowering trial funded by Servier and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. BN has received BP-related research support from Servier, and honoraria for scientific presentations related to blood pressure from Novartis, Tanabe, and Servier. AR has received an unrestricted grant from Dr Reddy’s Laboratories for a trial that includes blood pressure-lowering agents. PE, FT, TN, HW, and GH declare they have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JL VP. Performed the experiments: JL PE. Analyzed the data: JL BN PE VP. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: JL. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: JL BN PE VP. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: JL BN PE TN MW AR HW SM FT GH JC VP. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: JL BN PE TN MW AR HW SM FT GH JC VP. Contributed to data interpretation and critical revision of the report: TN MW AR HW SM FT GH JC.