Journal article

Associations of Birth Weight With Ocular Biometry, Refraction, and Glaucomatous Endophenotypes: The Australian Twins Eye Study

Cong Sun, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Shayne A Brown, Lisa S Kearns, Jane R MacKinnon, Julie M Barbour, Jonathan B Ruddle, Alex W Hewitt, Margret J Wright, Nicholas G Martin, Terence Dwyer, David A Mackey

American Journal of Ophthalmology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2010


Funding Acknowledgements

THE AUSTRALIAN TWIN REGISTRY IS SUPPORTED BY A NATIONAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (NHMRC) Enabling Grant (2004-2009), Australia. We also thank the following organizations for their financial support: Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust, Launceston, Australia; Cphthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA), Sydney, Australia; Foundation for Children, Sydney, Australia; Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation, Melbourne, Australia; NHMRC (Project Grant 2005 -2007) Australia; Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Melbourne, Australia; National Eye Institute (NEI) Project Grant (2007-2010), Bethesda, Maryland, USA; and the American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF), Maryland, USA. Centre for Eye Research Australia receives operational infrastructure support from the Victorian government. David Mackey is the recipient of the Pfizer Australia Senior Research Fellowship. Involved in conception and design (C.S., A.L.P., A.W.H., D.A.M.); data collection (C.S., S.A.B., L.S.K., J.R.M., J.M.B., J.B.R., A.W.H., D.A.M.); analysis and interpretation of the data and drafting of the manuscript (C.S., A.L.P., A.W.H., T.D., D.A.M.); and critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content (C.S., A.L.P., J.R.M., A.W.H., N.G.M., M.J.W., T.D., D.A.M.). Written informed consent was obtained from all participants or their legal guardians, with the participants' assent prior to examination. This study was approved by the Human Research ethics committees of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Hobart Hospital and the University of Tasmania, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, as well as the Australian Twin Registry, and adhered to the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki. The authors thank the participants in the ATES for their important contributions. We would also like to thank Fleur O'Hare, Sandra Staffieri, Johan Poulsen, Justin Sherwin, Robert Macmillan, Byoung Sung Chu, Katherine Smallcombe, Olivia Bigault, Colleen Wilkinson, Robin Wilkinson, Rachael Adams, Robyn Troutbeck, Jonathan Yeoh, Ya Ling Ma, Trent Roydhouse, Lindsey Scotter, Katarina Crease, Vishal Jhanji, Sonya Bennett, Christine Chen, Ann Eldridge, Marlene Grace, Yingfeng Zheng, Jian Zhang, Mingguang He, and Amy Cohn for helping examine twins. In addition, we appreciate the assistance in recruiting twins from Thanuja Gunasekera, Jenny Boadle, Kim Dorrell, Shyamali Dharmage, and John Hopper.