Johan Verjans


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Dr. Johan Verjans, SAHMRI Heart Health

Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide / SAHMRI

Deputy director, Medical Machine Learning, Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Associate investigator, Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, University of Adelaide

Cardiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Johan Verjans is a Dutch cardiologist who has joined the group of Steve Nicholls at the Heart Health theme, combined with a senior lecturer position at the University of Adelaide. He combines clinical work and research, working as a Cardiology Imaging Fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

His research career has predominantly focused on translational pre-clinical and clinical imaging research using advanced intravascular and non-invasive molecular imaging strategies to detect, track and predict disease at an early stage working with Prof. Jagat Narula in California and as a post-doc at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He continues this work at SAHMRI with preclinical projects, including MALDI imaging in addition to clinical molecular imaging of 18F-NaF uptake in human coronary arteries.

In recent years, his research has also focused on imaging biomarker detection using existing datasets, using supervised and unsupervised machine learning strategies on large biobanks. He was recently appointed deputy director of Medical Machine Learning at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, one the most productive computer vision groups in the world. His main role will be to connect world-class machine learning capabilities to the biomedical precinct in Adelaide.

He was assistant-editor of a JACC Supplement (focusing on the Vulnerable plaque), besides being author of several book chapters and articles. Currently he is reviewer for 10+ journals, and he is Associate editor of the Netherlands Heart Journal and member of the Publications Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Johan is more than happy to discuss and collaborate on imaging and machine learning projects in a multidisciplinary setting (small/large animals, clinical research).

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External positions

University of Adelaide

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Research Output 2003 2018

3 Citations

Quantitative intravascular biological fluorescence-ultrasound imaging of coronary and peripheral arteries in vivo

Bozhko, D., Osborn, E. A., Rosenthal, A., Verjans, J. W., Hara, T., Kellnberger, S., Wissmeyer, G., Ovsepian, S. V., McCarthy, J. R., Mauskapf, A., Stein, A. F., Jaffer, F. A. & Ntziachristos, V. 1 Nov 2017 In : European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging. 18, 11, p. 1253-1261 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Quantitative intravascular fluorescence-ultrasound imaging in vivo

Bozhko, D., Osborn, E. A., Rosenthal, A., Verjans, J. W. H., Hara, T., McCarthy, J. R., Kellnberger, S., Wissmeyer, G., Mauskapf, A., Stein, A. F., Jaffer, F. A. & Ntziachristos, V. 2017 Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery, OMP 2017. OSA - The Optical Society, Vol. Part F63-OMP 2017

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference contribution

20 Citations

Sema3A promotes the resolution of cardiac inflammation after myocardial infarction

Rienks, M., Carai, P., Bitsch, N., Schellings, M., Vanhaverbeke, M., Verjans, J., Cuijpers, I., Heymans, S. & Papageorgiou, A. 1 Jul 2017 In : Basic Research in Cardiology. 112, 4, 42

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

2 Citations

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – Stunning views on the broken heart

Teske, A. J. & Verjans, J. W. 1 Sep 2016 In : Netherlands Heart Journal. 24, 9, p. 508-510 3 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewEditorial


2018 Ahrens Heart Health Researcher Award

Johan Verjans (Recipient), 1 Sep 2018

Prize: Honorary award

Early Career Award

Johan Verjans (Recipient), 25 Sep 2017


Activities 2016 2017

  • 4 Editorial activity

Atherosclerosis (Journal)

Verjans, J. (Reviewer)
1 Jul 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Thrombosis and Haemostasis (Journal)

Verjans, J. (Reviewer)
1 Jul 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Optics Express (Journal)

Verjans, J. (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Netherlands Heart Journal (Journal)

Verjans, J. (Member of editorial board)
1 Apr 2016

Activity: Editorial activity