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Chris PembertonResearch Professor


Christchurch Heart Institute
Department of Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Current roles

  • Director, Translational Biodiscovery Laboratory, Christchurch Heart Institute
  • Named Investigator on the current Christchurch Heart Institute HRC Programme grant.
  • Principal Investigator on HRC, MBIE and WADA funded signal peptide projects
  • Research Professor, Department of Medicine

Research interests

  • Novel protein/peptide biomarker identification and measurement
  • Cardioendocrine signalling in the circulation and heart tissue
  • Ex vivo study of novel cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic agents
  • Commercialisation of biomedical technologies

Awards and professional memberships

  • 2012- Research Commercialisation – Strategic and Implementation Committee, Division of Health Sciences.
  • 2012- Corresponding Member, Canterbury, NZ Society of Endocrinology
  • 2011 Health Research Council of New Zealand Liley Medal
  • 2011- European Society for Cardiology, Working Group on Cellular Biology of the Heart
  • 2010- American Association of Clinical Chemistry
  • 2007-11 Health Research Council of New Zealand Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship
  • 2006-2009 Treasurer, Executive Committee Member, NZ Society of Endocrinology


Pickering, J. W., Kavsak, P., Christenson, R. H., Troughton, R. W., Pemberton, C. J., Richards, A. M., Joyce, L., & Than, M. P. (2024). Determination of clinically acceptable analytical variation of cardiac troponin at decision thresholds. Clinical Chemistry, hvae059. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/clinchem/hvae059 Journal - Research Article

Montecillo, J., Pirker, T., Pemberton, C., & Chew-Harris, J. (2024). suPAR in cardiovascular disease. In Advances in clinical chemistry. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/bs.acc.2024.04.005 Chapter in Book - Research

Greer, C. E., Chew-Harris, J., Adamson, P. D., Pemberton, C. J., Pickering, J. W., Pilbrow, A. P., Frampton, C. M., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., & Richards, A. M. (2024). Convalescent growth differentiation factor-15 and long-term outcomes after an acute coronary syndrome. Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, jfae032. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jalm/jfae032 Journal - Research Article

Chew-Harris, J., Frampton, C., Greer, C., Appleby, S., Pickering, J. W., Kuan, W. S., … Adamson, P. D., Troughton, R., … Richards, A. M., & Pemberton, C. J. (2024). Prognostic performance of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor for heart failure or mortality in Western and Asian patients with acute breathlessness. International Journal of Cardiology, 406, 132071. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2024.132071 Journal - Research Article

Pickering, J. W., Young, J. M., George, P. M., Watson, A. S., Aldous, S. J., Verryt, T., Troughton, R. W., Pemberton, C. J., Richards, A. M., … Than, M. P. (2024). Derivation and validation of thresholds using synthetic data methods for single-test screening of emergency department patients with possible acute myocardial infarction using a point-of-care troponin assay. Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jalm/jfae001 Journal - Research Article

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