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Associate Professor John Pearson

John PearsonResearch Associate Professor

MSc PhD(Auck)

Email john.pearson@otago.ac.nz

Background

  • 2008 - Biostatistical consultant with the Otago University, Christchurch.
  • 2006 - 2008 Statistical analyst then senior research statistician at Statistics New Zealand where I worked on economic surveys and strategic development
  • 2001 - 2006 Bioinformatics statistician then senior statistician at Vialactia Biosciences (NZ) Ltd, where I worked on animal studies, microarray analysis and design, experimental design, genetics
  • 1998 - 2001 Lecturer in statistics at the University of Auckland
  • Member of the New Zealand Statistics Association.

Research Interests

  • Microarrays
  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Statistical Computing
  • Survey Methods

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Publications

Mears, E. R., Handley, R. R., Grant, M. J., Reid, S. J., Day, B. J., Rudiger, S. R., … Pearson, J. F., … Snell, R. G. (2021). A multi-omic Huntington's disease transgenic sheep-model database for investigating disease pathogenesis. Journal of Huntington's Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3233/jhd-210482

Morley-Bunker, A. E., Wiggins, G. A. R., Currie, M. J., Morrin, H. R., Whitehead, M. R., Eglinton, T., Pearson, J., & Walker, L. C. (2021). RNAscope compatibility with image analysis platforms for the quantification of tissue-based colorectal cancer biomarkers in archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. Acta Histochemica, 123, 151765. doi: 10.1016/j.acthis.2021.151765

Ip, H. F., van der Laan, C. M., Krapohl, E. M. L., Brikell, I., Sánchez-Mora, C., Nolte, I. M., … Miller, A., … Boden, J., Pearson, J., Horwood, L. J., Kennedy, M., Poulton, R., … Boomsma, D. I. (2021). Genetic association study of childhood aggression across raters, instruments, and age. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 413. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01480-x

Wiggins, G. A. R., Black, M. A., Dunbier, A., Morley-Bunker, A. E., kConFab Investigators, Pearson, J. F., & Walker, L. C. (2021). Increased gene expression variability in BRCA1-associated and basal-like breast tumours. Breast Cancer Research & Treatment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10549-021-06328-y

Gatenby, G., Glyn, T., Pearson, J., Gearry, R., & Eglinton, T. (2021). The long-term incidence of dysplasia and colorectal cancer in a Crohn’s colitis population-based cohort. Colorectal Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/codi.15756

Gatenby, G., Glyn, T., Pearson, J., Gearry, R., & Eglinton, T. (2021). The long-term incidence of dysplasia and colorectal cancer in a Crohn’s colitis population-based cohort. Colorectal Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/codi.15756

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Ip, H. F., van der Laan, C. M., Krapohl, E. M. L., Brikell, I., Sánchez-Mora, C., Nolte, I. M., … Miller, A., … Boden, J., Pearson, J., Horwood, L. J., Kennedy, M., Poulton, R., … Boomsma, D. I. (2021). Genetic association study of childhood aggression across raters, instruments, and age. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 413. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01480-x

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Mears, E. R., Handley, R. R., Grant, M. J., Reid, S. J., Day, B. J., Rudiger, S. R., … Pearson, J. F., … Snell, R. G. (2021). A multi-omic Huntington's disease transgenic sheep-model database for investigating disease pathogenesis. Journal of Huntington's Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3233/jhd-210482

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Morley-Bunker, A. E., Wiggins, G. A. R., Currie, M. J., Morrin, H. R., Whitehead, M. R., Eglinton, T., Pearson, J., & Walker, L. C. (2021). RNAscope compatibility with image analysis platforms for the quantification of tissue-based colorectal cancer biomarkers in archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. Acta Histochemica, 123, 151765. doi: 10.1016/j.acthis.2021.151765

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Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Johnson, E. C., Chou, Y.-L., Coleman, J. R. I., Thornton, L. M., Walters, R. K., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M. A., … Agrawal, A. (2021). Shared genetic risk between eating disorder- and substance-use-related phenotypes: Evidence from genome-wide association studies. Addiction Biology, 26, e12880. doi: 10.1111/adb.12880

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Nabais, M. F., Laws, S. M., Lin, T., Vallerga, C. L., Armstrong, N. J., Blair, I. P., … Anderson, T. J., … Kennedy, M., … Pearson, J., Pitcher, T. L., … McRae, A. F. (2021). Meta-analysis of genome-wide DNA methylation identifies shared associations across neurodegenerative disorders. Genome Biology, 22(1), 90. doi: 10.1186/s13059-021-02275-5

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Noble, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Boden, J. M., Horwood, L. J., Gemmell, N. J., Kennedy, M. A., & Osborne, A. J. (2021). A validation of Illumina EPIC array system with bisulfite-based amplicon sequencing. PeerJ, 9, e10762. doi: 10.7717/peerj.10762

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Sabel, C. E., Pearson, J. F., Mason, D. F., Willoughby, E., Abernethy, D., & Taylor, B. V. (2021). The latitude gradient for multiple sclerosis prevalence is established in the early lifecourse. Brain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/brain/awab104

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Sinha, P., Cree, S. L., Miller, A. L., Pearson, J. F., & Kennedy, M. A. (2021). Transcriptional analysis of sodium valproate in a serotonergic cell line reveals gene regulation through both HDAC inhibition-dependent and independent mechanisms. Pharmacogenomics Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41397-021-00215-x

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Ward, Z., Pearson, J., Schmeier, S., Cameron, V., & Pilbrow, A. (2021). Insights into circular RNAs: Their biogenesis, detection, and emerging role in cardiovascular disease. RNA Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2021.1891393

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Wiggins, G. A. R., Black, M. A., Dunbier, A., Merriman, T. R., Pearson, J. F., & Walker, L. C. (2021). Variable expression quantitative trait loci analysis of breast cancer risk variants. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 7192. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-86690-5

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Wiggins, G. A. R., Black, M. A., Dunbier, A., Morley-Bunker, A. E., kConFab Investigators, Pearson, J. F., & Walker, L. C. (2021). Increased gene expression variability in BRCA1-associated and basal-like breast tumours. Breast Cancer Research & Treatment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10549-021-06328-y

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Bryois, J., Skene, N. G., Folmann Hansen, T., Kogelman, L. J. A., Watson, H. J., Liu, Z., … Eating Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, including Boden, J., … Jordan, J., … Kennedy, M., … Pearson, J., … Sullivan, P. F. (2020). Genetic identification of cell types underlying brain complex traits yields insights into the etiology of Parkinson’s disease. Nature Genetics, 52, 482-493. doi: 10.1038/s41588-020-0610-9

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Chittleborough, T. J., Gutlic, I., Pearson, J. F., Watson, A., Bhatti, L. A., Buchwald, P., … Wakeman, C., Eglinton, T., & Frizelle, F. (2020). Increasing incidence of young-onset colorectal carcinoma: A three-country population analysis. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 63, 903-910. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001631

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Dickerhof, N., Huang, J., Min, E., Michaëlsson, E., Lindstedt, E.-L., Pearson, J. F., Kettle, A. J., & Day, B. J. (2020). Myeloperoxidase inhibition decreases morbidity and oxidative stress in mice with cystic fibrosis-like lung inflammation. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 152, 91-99. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2020.03.001

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Johnson, E. C., Demontis, D., Thorgeirsson, T. E., Walters, R. K., Polimanti, R., Hatoum, A. S., … Boden, J., … Pearson, J. F., … Horwood, J., … Kennedy, M. A., … Agrawal, A. (2020). A large-scale genome-wide association study meta-analysis of cannabis use disorder. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 1032-1045. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30339-4

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Lattimore, V., Parsons, M. T., Spurdle, A. B., Pearson, J., Lehnert, K., Sullivan, J., … Morrin, H., Robinson, B., & Walker, L. (2020). Under-ascertainment of breast cancer susceptibility gene carriers in a cohort of New Zealand female breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Research & Treatment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05986-8

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O'Grady, M., Clarke, L., Turner, G., Doogue, M., Purcell, R., Pearson, J., & Frizelle, F. (2020). Statin use and risk of acute diverticulitis: A population-based case-control study. Medicine, 99(20), e20264. doi: 10.1097/md.0000000000020264

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Osborne, A. J., Pearson, J. F., Noble, A. J., Gemmell, N. J., Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., … Kennedy, M. A. (2020). Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of heavy cannabis exposure in a New Zealand longitudinal cohort. Translational Psychiatry, 10, 114. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-0800-3

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Pearson, A. G., Zawari, M., Pearson, J. F., & Hampton, M. B. (2020). Quantifying mitochondrial respiration in human lymphocytes and monocytes challenged with hydrogen peroxide. Free Radical Research, 54(4), 271-279. doi: 10.1080/10715762.2020.1753722

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Porter, J. A., MacKenzie, K. E., Darlow, B. A., Pearson, J. F., & Day, A. S. (2020). A questionnaire-based assessment of gastrointestinal symptoms in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Translational Pediatrics, 9(6), 743-749. doi: 10.21037/tp-20-139

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Richardson, A. K., Walker, L. C., Cox, B., Rollag, H., Robinson, B. A., Morrin, H., Pearson, J. F., … Currie, M. J. (2020). Breast cancer and cytomegalovirus. Clinical & Translational Oncology, 22, 585-602. doi: 10.1007/s12094-019-02164-1

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Slow, S., Pearson, J. F., Florkowski, C. M., Elder, P. A., Lewis, J. G., Kennedy, M. A., & Murdoch, D. R. (2020). Effect of genetic factors on the response to vitamin D3 supplementation in the VIDARIS randomised controlled trial. Nutrition, 75-76, 110761. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2020.110761

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Taylor, W. S., Pearson, J., Miller, A., Schmeier, S., Frizelle, F. A., & Purcell, R. V. (2020). MinION sequencing of colorectal cancer tumour microbiomes: A comparison with amplicon-based and RNA-sequencing. PLoS ONE, 15(5), e0233170. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233170

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Tranter-Entwistle, I., Mullaney, T. G., Noah, K., Pearson, J., Falvey, J., Gearry, R., & Eglinton, T. (2020). Long-term incidence of dysplasia and colorectal cancer in an ulcerative colitis population-based cohort. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 90, 821-825. doi: 10.1111/ans.15686

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White, R., Nonis, M., Pearson, J. F., Burgess, E., Morrin, H. R., Pullar, J. M., Spencer, E., Vissers, M. C. M., Robinson, B. A., & Dachs, G. U. (2020). Low vitamin C status in patients with cancer is associated with patient and tumor characteristics. Nutrients, 12(8), 2338. doi: 10.3390/nu12082338

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Balasubramanian, D., Pearson, J. F., & Kennedy, M. A. (2019). Gene expression effects of lithium and valproic acid in a serotonergic cell line. Physiological Genomics, 51, 43-50. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00069.2018

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Hock, B. D., Mulholland, K. S., Ganly, P., McKenzie, J. L., Pearson, J. F., & Macpherson, S. A. (2019). Impact of increased access to novel agents on the survival of multiple myeloma patients treated at a single New Zealand centre. Internal Medicine Journal, 49, 598-606. doi: 10.1111/imj.14155

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Keenan, J., Aitchison, A., Leaman, J., Pearson, J., & Frizelle, F. (2019). Faecal biomarkers do not always identify pre-cancerous lesions in patients who present in primary care with bowel symptoms. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1501), 48-56. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Lattimore, V. L., Pearson, J. F., Morley-Bunker, A. E., kConFab Investigators, Spurdle, A. B., Robinson, B. A., Currie, M. J., & Walker, L. C. (2019). Quantifying BRCA1 and BRCA2 mRNA isoform expression levels in single cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(3), 693. doi: 10.3390/ijms20030693

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Liau, Y., Cree, S. L., Maggo, S., Miller, A. L., Pearson, J. F., Gladding, P. A., & Kennedy, M. A. (2019). A multiplex pharmacogenetics assay using the MinION nanopore sequencing device. Pharmacogenetics & Genomics, 29(9), 207-215. doi: 10.1097/fpc.0000000000000385

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Liau, Y., Maggo, S., Miller, A. L., Pearson, J. F., Kennedy, M. A., & Cree, S. L. (2019). Nanopore sequencing of the pharmacogene CYP2D6 allows simultaneous haplotyping and detection of duplications. Pharmacogenomics, 20(14), 1033-1047. doi: 10.2217/pgs-2019-0080

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Lopez-Perolio, I., Leman, R., Behar, R., Lattimore, V., Pearson, J. F., Castéra, L., … Walker, L. C., … de la Hoya, M. (2019). Alternative splicing and ACMG-AMP-2015-based classification of PALB2 genetic variants: An ENIGMA report. Journal of Medical Genetics, 56, 453-460. doi: 10.1136/jmedgenet-2018-105834

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Morley-Bunker, A., Pearson, J., Currie, M. J., Morrin, H., Whitehead, M. R., Eglinton, T., & Walker, L. C. (2019). Assessment of intra-tumoural colorectal cancer prognostic biomarkers using RNA in situ hybridisation. Oncotarget, 10(14), 1425-1439. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.26675

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Pettersson, E., Lichtenstein, P., Larsson, H., Song, J., Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Working Group of the iPSYCH-Broad-PGC Consortium, Autism Spectrum Disorder Working Group of the iPSYCH-Broad-PGC Consortium, Bipolar Disorder Working Group of the PGC, Eating Disorder Working Group of the PGC, including Kennedy, M. A., Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the PGC, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Tourette Syndrome Working Group of the PGC, Schizophrenia CLOZUK, Substance Use Disorder Working Group of the PGC, including Horwood, L. J., Pearson, J. F., … Polderman, T. J. C. (2019). Genetic influences on eight psychiatric disorders based on family data of 4 408 646 full and half-siblings, and genetic data of 333 748 cases and controls. Psychological Medicine, 49(7), 1166-1173. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718002039

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Prickett, T. C. R., Spittlehouse, J. K., Miller, A. L., Liau, Y., Kennedy, M. A., Cameron, V. A., Pearson, J. F., Boden, J. M., Troughton, R. W., & Espiner, E. A. (2019). Contrasting signals of cardiovascular health among natriuretic peptides in subjects without heart disease. Scientific Reports, 9, 12108. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48553-y

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Purcell, R. V., Schmeier, S., Lau, Y. C., Pearson, J. F., & Frizelle, F. A. (2019). Molecular subtyping improves prognostication of Stage 2 colorectal cancer. BMC Cancer, 19(1), 1155. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6327-4

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Reynolds, R. H., Botía, J., Nalls, M. A., International Parkinson's Disease Genomics Consortium (IPDGC), including System Genomics of Parkinson's Disease (SGPD), Anderson, T., … Kennedy, M., Pearson, J., … Ryten, M. (2019). Moving beyond neurons: The role of cell type-specific gene regulation in Parkinson's disease heritability. npj Parkinson's Disease, 5, 6. doi: 10.1038/s41531-019-0076-6

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Thompson, G., & Pearson, J. F. (2019). No attributable effects of PRP on greater trochanteric pain syndrome. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1507), 22-32. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Watson, H. J., Yilmaz, Z., Thornton, L. M., Hübel, C., Coleman, J. R. I., Gaspar, H. A., … Roberts, M., … Boden, J. M., … Horwood, L. J., … Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M., … Bulik, C. M. (2019). Genome-wide association study identifies eight risk loci and implicates metabo-psychiatric origins for anorexia nervosa. Nature Genetics, 51, 1207-1214. doi: 10.1038/s41588-019-0439-2

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Zhang, Q., Vallerga, C. L., Walker, R. M., Lin, T., Henders, A. K., Montgomery, G. W., … Kennedy, M., Pitcher, T., Pearson, J., … Anderson, T., … Visscher, P. M. (2019). Improved precision of epigenetic clock estimates across tissues and its implication for biological ageing. Genome Medicine, 11(1), 54. doi: 10.1186/s13073-019-0667-1

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Lacey, C. J., Doudney, K., Bridgman, P. G., George, P. M., Mulder, R. T., Zarifeh, J. J., Kimber, B., Cadzow, M. J., Black, M. A., Merriman, T. R., … Pearson, J. F., Cameron, V. A., & Kennedy, M. A. (2018). Copy number variants implicate cardiac function and development pathways in earthquake-induced stress cardiomyopathy. Scientific Reports, 8, 7548. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25827-5

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Lattimore, V. L., Pearson, J. F., Currie, M. J., Spurdle, A. B., kConFab Investigators, Robinson, B. A., & Walker, L. C. (2018). Investigation of experimental factors that underlie BRCA1/2 mRNA isoform expression variation: Recommendations for utilising targeted RNA sequencing to evaluate potential spliceogenic variants. Frontiers in Oncology, 8, 140. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00140

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Newlands, S., Dickson, J., Pearson, J., Mansell, C., & Wilson, G. (2018). Neonatal conjunctivitis in the New Zealand Midland region. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1486), 9-17. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Pitcher, T. L., Myall, D. J., Pearson, J. F., Lacey, C. J., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., Anderson, T. J., & MacAskill, M. R. (2018). Parkinson's disease across ethnicities: A nationwide study in New Zealand. Movement Disorders, 33(9), 1440-1448. doi: 10.1002/mds.27389

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Purcell, R. V., Kaakoush, N. O., Mitchell, H. M., Pearson, J. F., & Keenan, J. I. (2018). Gastrointestinal pathobionts in pediatric Crohn's disease patients. International Journal of Microbiology, 2018, 9203908. doi: 10.1155/2018/9203908

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Slow, S., Epton, M., Storer, M., Thiessen, R., Lim, S., Wong, J., Chin, P., Tovaranonte, P., Pearson, J., Chambers, S. T., Murdoch, D. R., and VIDCAPS Group, including Jardine, D., & Pithie, A. (2018). Effect of adjunctive single high-dose vitamin D3 on outcome of community-acquired pneumonia in hospitalised adults: The VIDCAPS randomised controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 13829. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32162-2

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Stevens, A. J., Rucklidge, J. J., Darling, K. A., Eggleston, M. J. F., Pearson, J. F., & Kennedy, M. A. (2018). Methylomic changes in response to micronutrient supplementation and MTHFR genotype. Epigenomics, 10(9), 1201-1214. doi: 10.2217/epi-2018-0029

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Thornton, L. M., Munn-Chernoff, M. A., Baker, J. H., Juréus, A., Parker, R., Henders, A. K., … Horwood, L. J., Boden, J. M., Pearson, J. F., … Jordan, J., Kennedy, M. A., … Bulik, C. M. (2018). The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI): Overview and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 74, 61-69. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.09.015

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Turner, R., Brennan, S. O., Ashby, L. V., Dickerhof, N., Hamzah, M. R., Pearson, J. F., Stamp, L. K., & Kettle, A. J. (2018). Conjugation of urate-derived electrophiles to proteins during normal metabolism and inflammation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 293(51), 19886-19898. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005237

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