About the Authors

Selma P. Wiertsema

swiertsema@meddent.uwa.edu.au (SPW); lkirkham@meddent.uwa.edu.au (LSK)

Address Current address: Crucell, Leiden, The Netherlands

Affiliations School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Karli J. Corscadden

Affiliation Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Eva N. Mowe

Affiliation Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Guicheng Zhang

Affiliation School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Shyan Vijayasekaran

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Harvey L. Coates

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Timothy J. Mitchell

Affiliation Division of Infection and Immunity, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Wayne R. Thomas

Affiliation Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Peter C. Richmond

Affiliations School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Lea-Ann S. Kirkham

swiertsema@meddent.uwa.edu.au (SPW); lkirkham@meddent.uwa.edu.au (LSK)

Affiliations School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia

Competing Interests

SW and LK have received institutional funding for studies investigating bacterial pathogens in children with rAOM and travel funding from GlaxoSmithKline. TM has received institutional funding from Wyeth Vaccines and GlaxoSmithKline. LK and TM are co-inventors on patents PCT/GB2007/002242, PCT/GB2005/001792 and PCT/GB2005/001774. HC and SV have served as consultants and have received travel funding from GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. PR has received institutional funding for epidemiological research from GlaxoSmithKline and CSL and served on advisory boards for CSL and Wyeth Vaccines. All other authors have indicated they have no conflicts of interest.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SW KC PR WT TM SV HC LK. Performed the experiments: SW KC LK EM. Analyzed the data: SW GZ KC LK PR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SV HC WT TM. Wrote the paper: SW GZ KC LK WT PR.