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Professor A. Mark Richards

Mark RichardsProfessor

MD(Otago) PhD(Otago) FRACP

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

Email mark.richards@cdhb.health.nz

Mark Richards is the director of the Christchurch Heart Institute.

He coordinates and directs multi-disciplinary programmes of grant-funded translational cardiovascular research which seek to improve diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic options in heart disease.

He is pursuing studies of epidemiological, molecular biological, neurohormonal and therapeutic aspects of acute and chronic cardiovascular disorders including hypertension, coronary syndromes, and the full spectrum of heart failure.

Richards holds the Heart Foundation of New Zealand’s Chair in Cardiovascular Studies.

He also holds joint appointments at the University of Otago and the National University of Singapore’s Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Current roles

Research interests

  • Neurohormonal physiology and pathophysiology in cardiovascular health and disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Hypertension
  • Vasoactive Hormones
  • The Cardiac Natriuretic Peptides

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Publications

Charles, C. J., Jardine, D. L., Rademaker, M. T., & Richards, A. M. (2019). Adrenomedullin 2 increases cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in parallel to heart rate in normal conscious sheep. Physiological Reports, 7(10), e14096. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14096

Chew-Harris, J., Appleby, S., Richards, A. M., Troughton, R. W., & Pemberton, C. J. (2019). Analytical, biochemical and clearance considerations of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) in healthy individuals. Clinical Biochemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2019.05.010

Wong, L. L., Saw, E. L., Lim, J. Y., Zhou, Y., Richards, A. M., & Wang, P. (2019). MicroRNA Let-7d-3p contributes to cardiac protection via targeting HMGA2. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(7), 1522. doi: 10.3390/ijms20071522

Lin, Z., Lim, S. H., Chua, S. J. T., Tai, E. S., Chan, Y. H., & Richards, A. M. (2019). High-sensitivity troponin T and long-term adverse cardiac events among patients presenting with suspected acute coronary syndrome in Singapore. Singapore Medical Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2019013

Gallart-Palau, X., Tan, L. M., Serra, A., Gao, Y., Ho, H. H., Richards, A. M., … Sze, S. K. (2019). Degenerative protein modifications in the aging vasculature and central nervous system: A problem shared is not always halved. Ageing Research Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2019.100909

Chapter in Book - Research

Pemberton, C. J., Charles, C. J., & Richards, A. M. (2017). Cardiac natriuretic peptides. In J. C. Schisler, C. H. Lang & M. S. Willis (Eds.), Endocrinology of the heart in health and disease. (pp. 3-39). Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803111-7.00001-4

Richards, M., & Rademaker, M. (2013). Urocortins. In A. Kastin (Ed.), Handbook of biologically active peptides. (2nd ed.) (pp. 1428-1436). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385095-9.00194-9

Richards, A. M., Troughton, R. W., & Nicholls, M. G. (2011). Natriuretic peptides for guidance of acute and chronic heart failure therapy. In J. L. Januzzi (Ed.), Cardiac biomarkers in clinical practice. (pp. 559-580). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Richards, A. M. (2009). What we may expect from biomarkers in heart failure. In E. Braunwald (Ed.), Biomarkers in heart failure: An issue of heart failure clinics (Vol.5-4). (pp. 463-470). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2009.04.011

Troughton, R. W., & Richards, A. M. (2008). Natriuretic peptides for disease monitoring in patients with chronic heart failure. In J. A. de Lemos (Ed.), Biomarkers in heart disease. (pp. 140-160). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Nicholls, M. G., & Richards, A. M. (2008). High-risk subgroups: Diabetes and hypertension. In A. Bayés-Genís & J. L. Januzzi (Eds.), NT-proBNP as a biomarker in cardiovascular diseses. (pp. 173-182). Thomson Reuters.

Troughton, R. W., & Richards, A. M. (2008). Outpatient monitoring and treatment of chronic heart failure guided by NT-proBNP measurement. In A. Bayés-Genís & J. L. Januzzi (Eds.), NT-proBNP as a biomarker in cardiovascular diseases. (pp. 91-100). Thomson Reuters.

Nicholls, M. G., & Richards, A. M. (2004). Looking at the adrenals as a primary source. In Handbook of Hypertension: Vol. 22. Hypertension in the Twentieth Century: Concepts and Achievements. (pp. 104-122). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Lainchbury, J. G., & Richards, A. M. (2003). Exercise testing in the assessment of chronic congestive heart failure. In P. Mills (Ed.), Education in heart, volume 3. (pp. 56-64). London: BMJ Books.

Richards, M., & Nicholls, G. (2003). Endocrine causes of hypertension. In R. J. Johnson & J. Feehally (Eds.), Comprehensive clinical nephrology. (2nd ed.) (pp. 529-541). London, UK: Mosby.

Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Yandle, T. G. (2002). The renin-angiotensin system. In G. Mancia, J. Chalmers, S. Julius, T. Saruta, M. Weber, A. Ferrari & I. Wilkinson (Eds.), Manual of Hypertension. (pp. 77-95). London: Churchill Livingstone.

Richards, A. M., Lainchbury, J. G., Nicholls, M. G., & Rademaker, M. T. (2000). Adrenomedullin in heart failure: Biochemical curiosity or pathophysiological player? In J. J. V. McMurray & J. G. F. Cleland (Eds.), Heart Failure in Clinical Practice. (2nd ed.) (pp. 105-125). London: Martin Dunitz.

Richards, A. M. (1999). Combined angiotensin convertin enzyme inhibition and angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonism. In M. G. Nicholls, H. R. Brunner, H. Ikram, C. S. Sweet & J. F. Walker (Eds.), 100 Years of the Renin-Angiotensin System. (pp. 90-95). New Jersey, USA: Merck & Co..

Richards, A. M., Nicholls, M. G., & Troughton, R. W. (1999). The pharmacotherapy of diuretics. In N. Sharpe (Ed.), Heart Failure Management 2000. (pp. 43-60). London: Martin Dunitz.

Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Begg, E. J. (1999). Hypertension as a cause of heart failure: Is it still important? In J. J. V. McMurray & J. G. F. Cleland (Eds.), Heart Failure in Clinical Practice. (pp. 19-32). London: Martin Dunitz.

Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Begg, E. J. (1998). Hypertension as a cause of heart failure - is it still important? In J. J. V. McMurray & J. G. F. Cleland (Eds.), Heart Failure in Clinical Practice (Second Edition). London: Dunitz.

Espiner, E. A., Richards, A. M., & Nicholls, M. G. (1998). Physiology of natriuretic peptides. In E. R. Levin & J. Nadler (Eds.), Endocrinology of Cardiovascular Function. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Begg, E. J. (1997). Hypertension and heart failure. In A. Zanchetti & et al (Eds.), Hypertension and the heart. (pp. 273-279). New York: Plenum Press.

Lainchbury, J. G., Richards, A. M., & Nicholls, M. G. (1997). Brain natriuretic peptide in heart failure. In Atrial Natriuretic Peptides. (pp. 151-158).

Nicholls, M. G., Pidgeon, G. B., Lewis, L. K., & Richards, A. M. (1996). Ouabain, adrenal glands and hypertension. In G. P. Vinson & D. C. Anderson (Eds.), Adrenal Glands, Vascular System and Hypertension. (pp. 115-121). Bradley Stoke, Bristol, U.K.: Journal of Endocrinology Limited.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Richards, M., Troughton, R., Espiner, E., Cameron, V., Ellmers, L., Pilbrow, A., Charles, C., Rademaker, M., Pemberton, C., & Yandle, T. (2013). Christchurch Heart Institute. In P. Joyce, G. Nicholls, K. Thomas & T. Wilkinson (Eds.), The Christchurch experience: 40 years of research and teaching. (pp. 68-74). Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Otago.

Nicholls, M. G., & Richards, A. M. (2007). Endocrine causes of hypertension. In J. Feehally, J. Floege & R. J. Johnson (Eds.), Comprehensive clinical nephrology. (3rd ed.) (pp. 443-452). Philadelphia: Mosby.

Richards, A. M., Nicholls, M. G., & Troughton, R. W. (2000). Diuretic therapy: Essential in heart failure. In N. Sharpe (Ed.), Heart failure management. (pp. 43-59). United Kingdom: Martin Dunitz.

Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Begg, E. J. (2000). Hypertension as a cause of heart failure: Is it still important? In J. J. V. McMurray & J. G. F. Cleland (Eds.), Heart failure in clinical practice. (2nd ed.) (pp. 19-31). United Kingdom: Martin Dunitz.

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Journal - Research Article

Charles, C. J., Jardine, D. L., Rademaker, M. T., & Richards, A. M. (2019). Adrenomedullin 2 increases cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in parallel to heart rate in normal conscious sheep. Physiological Reports, 7(10), e14096. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14096

Wong, L. L., Saw, E. L., Lim, J. Y., Zhou, Y., Richards, A. M., & Wang, P. (2019). MicroRNA Let-7d-3p contributes to cardiac protection via targeting HMGA2. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(7), 1522. doi: 10.3390/ijms20071522

Lin, Z., Lim, S. H., Chua, S. J. T., Tai, E. S., Chan, Y. H., & Richards, A. M. (2019). High-sensitivity troponin T and long-term adverse cardiac events among patients presenting with suspected acute coronary syndrome in Singapore. Singapore Medical Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2019013

Gallart-Palau, X., Tan, L. M., Serra, A., Gao, Y., Ho, H. H., Richards, A. M., … Sze, S. K. (2019). Degenerative protein modifications in the aging vasculature and central nervous system: A problem shared is not always halved. Ageing Research Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2019.100909

Chew-Harris, J., Appleby, S., Richards, A. M., Troughton, R. W., & Pemberton, C. J. (2019). Analytical, biochemical and clearance considerations of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) in healthy individuals. Clinical Biochemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2019.05.010

Zhou, Y., Richards, A. M., & Wang, P. (2019). MicroRNA-221 is cardioprotective and anti-fibrotic in a rat model of myocardial infarction. Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.omtn.2019.05.018

Tan, E. S. J., Tay, W. T., Teng, T.-H. K., Sim, D., Leong, K. T. G., Yeo, P. S. D., … Troughton, R. W., … Richards, A. M., … Lam, C. S. P. (2019). Ethnic differences in atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure from Asia-Pacific. Heart. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314077

Wong, L. L., Zou, R., Zhou, L., Lim, J. Y., Phua, D. C. Y., Liu, C., … Troughton, R., Cameron, V. A., … Richards, A. M. (2019). Combining circulating microRNA and NT-proBNP to detect and categorize heart failure subtypes. JACC, 73(11), 1300-1313. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.11.060

Patel, R. S., Schmidt, A. F., Tragante, V., McCubrey, R. O., Holmes, M. V., Howe, L. J., … Pilbrow, A. P., … Richards, A. M., … Cameron, V. A., … Asselbergs, F. W. (2019). Association of chromosome 9p21 with subsequent coronary heart disease events: A GENIUS-CHD study of individual participant data. Circulation: Genomic & Precision Medicine, 12(4), 161-172. doi: 10.1161/circgen.119.002471

Ellis, C. J., Gamble, G. D., Williams, M. J. A., Matsis, P., Elliott, J. M., Devlin, G., Mann, S., … for the Regional Cardiac Society NZ ACS Audit Group, including Richards, M., & Nixon, G. (2019). All-cause mortality following an acute coronary syndrome: 12-year follow-up of the comprehensive 2002 New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome Audit. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 28, 245-256. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.10.015

Lewis, L. K., Raudsepp, S. D., Prickett, T. C. R., Yandle, T. G., Doughty, R. N., Frampton, C. M., Pemberton, C. J., & Richards, A. M. (2019). ProBNP that is not glycosylated at threonine 71 is decreased with obesity in patients with heart failure. Clinical Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2019.302547

Patel, R., Tragante, V., Schmidt, A. F., McCubrey, R. O., Holmes, M. V., Howe, L. J., … Pilbrow, A. P., … Richards, A. M., … Cameron, V. A., … Asselbergs, F. W. (2019). Subsequent event risk in individuals with established coronary heart disease: Design and rationale of the GENIUS-CHD Consortium. Circulation: Genomic & Precision Medicine, 12(4), 145-160. doi: 10.1161/CIRCGEN.119.002470

Than, M. P., Pickering, J. W., Dryden, J. M., Lord, S. J., Aitken, S. A., Aldous, S. J., … Ardagh, M. W., … Callender, R., … Deely, J. M., … Ferrier, K. A., … Frampton, C. M. A., George, P. M., … Matthews, T. J. E., … Peckler, B. F., … Richards, A. M., … Simmonds, M. B., … Troughton, R. W., … on behalf of the ICare-ACS Implementation Group. (2018). ICare-ACS (improving care processes for patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome): A study of cross-system implementation of a national clinical pathway. Circulation, 137(4), 354-363. doi: 10.1161/circulationaha.117.031984

Pickering, J. W., Flaws, D., Smith, S. W., Greenslade, J., Cullen, L., Parsonage, W., … Richards, A. M., Troughton, R., Pemberton, C., George, P. M., & Than, M. P. (2018). A risk assessment score and initial high-sensitivity troponin combine to identify low risk of acute myocardial infarction in the emergency department. Academic Emergency Medicine, 25(4), 434-443. doi: 10.1111/acem.13343

Lam, C. S. P., Gamble, G. D., Ling, L. H., Sim, D., Leong, K. T. G., Yeo, P. S. D., … Cameron, V. A., … Troughton, R., Richards, A. M., & Doughty, R. N. (2018). Mortality associated with heart failure with preserved vs. reduced ejection fraction in a prospective international multi-ethnic cohort study. European Heart Journal, 39(20), 1170-1178. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy005

Jiang, X., Lew, K.-S., Chen, Q., Richards, A. M., & Wang, P. (2018). Human mesenchymal stem cell-derived exosomes reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury by the inhibitions of apoptosis and autophagy. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 24(44), 5334-5341. doi: 10.2174/1381612825666190119130441

Zhou, Y., Shiok, T. C., Richards, A. M., & Wang, P. (2018). MicroRNA-101a suppresses fibrotic programming in isolated cardiac fibroblasts and in vivo fibrosis following trans-aortic constriction. Journal of Molecular & Cellular Cardiology, 121, 266-276. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2018.07.251

Pickering, J. W., Young, J. M., George, P. M., Watson, A. S., Aldous, S. J., Troughton, R. W., Pemberton, C. J., Richards, A. M., … Than, M. P. (2018). Validity of a novel point-of-care troponin assay for single-test rule-out of acute myocardial infarction. JAMA Cardiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2018.3368

Goh, V. J., Tromp, J., Teng, T.-H., Tay, W. T., van der Meer, P., Ling, L. H., … Richards, M. A., … on behalf of the ASIAN-HF investigators. (2018). Prevalence, clinical correlates, and outcomes of anaemia in multi-ethnic Asian patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. ESC Heart Failure. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.12279

Tromp, J., MacDonald, M. R., Tay, W. T., Teng, T.-H. K., Hung, C.-L., Narasimhan, C., … Richards, A. M., … Lam, C. S. P. (2018). Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in the young. Circulation, 138(24), 2763-2773. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.034720

Bayes-Genis, A., Voors, A. A., Zannad, F., Januzzi, J. L., Richards, A. M., & Díez, J. (2018). Transitioning from usual care to biomarker-based personalized and precision medicine in heart failure: Call for action. European Heart Journal, 39(30), 2793-2799. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehx027

Marchesseau, S., Totman, J. J., Fadil, H., Leek, F. A. A., Chaal, J., Richards, M., … Reilhac, A. (2018). Cardiac motion and spillover correction for quantitative PET imaging using dynamic MRI. Medical Physics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/mp.13345

Joo Yeo, T., Yeo, P. S. D., Hadi, F. A., Cushway, T., Lee, K. Y., Yin, F. F., … Richards, A. M., & Lam, C. S. P. (2018). Single-dose intravenous iron in Southeast Asian heart failure patients: A pilot randomized placebo-controlled study (PRACTICE-ASIA-HF). ESC Heart Failure, 5(2), 344-353. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.12250

Marks, E. C. A., Wilkinson, T. M., Frampton, C. M., Skelton, L., Pilbrow, A. P., Yandle, T. G., Pemberton, C. J., … Whalley, G. A., … Troughton, R. W., … Cameron, V. A., Richards, A. M., Gieseg, S. P., & Palmer, B. R. (2018). Plasma levels of soluble VEGF receptor isoforms, circulating pterins and VEGF system SNPs as prognostic biomarkers in patients with acute coronary syndromes. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 18, 169. doi: 10.1186/s12872-018-0894-1

Tan, L.-L., Ting, J., Balakrishnan, I., Seneviratne, A., Gong, L., Chan, M. Y., … Richards, A. M., … Lee, C.-H. (2018). Sleep apnea evolution and left ventricular recovery after percutaneous coronary intervention for myocardial infarction. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 14(10), 1773-1781. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.7394

Tromp, J., Teng, T.-H., Tay, W. T., Hung, C. L., Narasimhan, C., Shimizu, W., … Richards, A. M., … on behalf of the ASIAN-HF investigators. (2018). Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in Asia. European Journal of Heart Failure. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1227

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