Anton Vonk Noordegraaf MD PhD

Morphogen-IX Scientific Advisory Board


Anton Vonk Noordegraaf is Full professor and Chair of the division of Pulmonary Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a tertiary referral centre for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in The Netherlands. Professor Vonk Noordegraaf obtained his medical degree with honours from the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre, Amsterdam, in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he studied for his PhD, exploring the function of the right ventricle in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-related PAH. He then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he undertook research of the pulmonary circulation in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). After completing a 6-year fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Vrije Universiteit, he joined the division of Pulmonary Sciences at the University in 2003, where he remains to the present day. Professor Vonk Noordegraaf has published over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research is focused on the mechanisms and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, right ventricular failure, pulmonary haemodynamics, and clinical studies in the field of pulmonary hypertension. Additionally, in 2009 he received the ‘Pulmonary Hypertension Research Award’ from the European Respiratory Society. In 2013 he was appointed chairman of the CVON consortium grand ‘Phaedra’: a 10 million euro grant aimed to develop new drugs for the treatment of PAH. In 2016 he received the VICI award: a 1.5 million euro grant for his research to restore the energy balance in the pressure overloaded right ventricle. In 2016 he received the ERS Award for Lifetime Achievement in PAH. He is nucleus member of the working group ‘ pulmonary circulation’ of the European Society of Cardiology and past Chair of the Working group of the Pulmonary Circulation and Pulmonary Vascular Disease group of the European Society of Respiratory Medicine.

Developing BMPs as novel treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension