About the Authors

Niloofar Taghizadeh

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands, Cumming School of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Judith M. Vonk

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands, GRIAC Research Institute, University of Groningen, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

H. Marike Boezen

H.M.Boezen@umcg.nl

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands, GRIAC Research Institute, University of Groningen, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exit.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NT JMV HMB. Performed the experiments: NT. Analyzed the data: NT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JMV. Wrote the paper: NT. Discussed results, reviewed the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript: NT JMV HMB.