Journal article

The inclusion of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide in a sensitive screening strategy for systemic sclerosis-related pulmonary arterial hypertension: a cohort study

Vivek Thakkar, Wendy Stevens, David Prior, Peter Youssef, Danny Liew, Eli Gabbay, Janet Roddy, Jennifer G Walker, Jane Zochling, Joanne Sahhar, Peter Nash, Susan Lester, Maureen Rischmueller, Susanna M Proudman, Mandana Nikpour



Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Scholarship

Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to thank the following people for assistance with sample preparation and data collection: Edmund Lau, Tamera Corte, Alison Batty, Kerry Cooper, Kathleen Elford, Dot Fowler, Barbara Gemmell, Trish Lewis, Helen Marsden, Leah McWilliams and Bev Wilson. We wish to thanks the patients who participated in this study and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne IT department for their expert advice and continued support of the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study and Database. Dr Thakkar was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Scholarship (APP 1038612) and The Australian Scleroderma Interest Group Clinical Research Fellowship. Dr Nikpour holds a David Bickart Clinician Research Fellowship from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Other sources of funding include Scleroderma Australia, Arthritis Australia, St Vincent's Research Endowment Foundation, Pfizer (including a Pfizer CardioVascular Lipid research grant), Actelion Australia, Bayer, CSL Biotherapies and GlaxoSmithKline Australia.