Ben Hermans

Post doc

Dr Ben Hermans studied Medical Technology (Dutch: Biometrie) at the Zuyd University for Applied Sciences. After his graduation in 2009, he started to study Technical Medicine at the University of Twente in Enschede. In 2015 he obtained his Master’s degree after finishing his graduation internship at the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Cardiology. In September 2015, Ben started as a PhD candidate at the department of Biomedical Engineering under supervision of prof. Delhaas, prof. Pison (Hasselt University) and dr. Postema (Amsterdam UMC). During this time, he focused on improving the diagnosis of Long-QT Syndrome by advanced signal analyses of standard electrocardiograms. After obtaining his PhD in January 2020, Ben started as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physiology.

Currently, Ben is involved in several projects that focus on improving treatment and/or understanding of atrial fibrillation (AF) by studying electrophysiological properties of the atria. For example, by analysing invasive direct contact mapping data or by analysing non-invasive ECG-imaging. Specific projects of research include validating the use of non-invasive ECG-imaging for atrial arrhythmias or applying new innovative signal-analysis techniques on contact mapping data from AF patients to ultimately find new ablation targets for the treatment of AF.

Department of Physiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 3.108
T: +31(0)43 388 13 20

  • 2024
    • Hermans, B., Özgül, O., Wolf, M., Gonçalves Marques, V., van Hunnik, A., Verheule, S., Chaldoupi, S. M., Linz, D., El Haddad, M., Duytschaever, M., Bonizzi, P., Vernooy, K., Knecht, S., Zeemering, S., & Schotten, U. (2024). Selecting repetitive focal and rotational activation patterns with the highest probability of being a source of atrial fibrillation. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology Plus, 7, Article 100064.
  • 2023
    • Hermans, B. J. M., Bijvoet, G. P., Holtackers, R. J., Mihl, C., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Maesen, B., Vernooy, K., Linz, D., Chaldoupi, S. M., & Schotten, U. (2023). Multi-modal characterization of the left atrium by a fully automated integration of pre-procedural cardiac imaging and electro-anatomical mapping. IJC Heart and Vasculature, 49(1), Article 101276.
    • Winters, J., Isaacs, A., Zeemering, S., Kawczynski, M., Maesen, B., Maessen, J., Bidar, E., Boukens, B., Hermans, B., van Hunnik, A., Casadei, B., Fabritz, L., Chua, W., Sommerfeld, L., Guasch, E., Mont, L., Batlle, M., Hatem, S., Kirchhof, P., ... Schotten, U. (2023). Heart Failure, Female Sex, and Atrial Fibrillation Are the Main Drivers of Human Atrial Cardiomyopathy: Results From the CATCH ME Consortium. Journal of the American Heart Association, 12(22), Article e031220.
    • Neumann, B., Vink, A. S., Hermans, B. J. M., Lieve, K. V. V., Cömert, D., Beckmann, B.-M., Clur, S.-A. B., Blom, N. A., Delhaas, T., Wilde, A. A. M., Kääb, S., Postema, P. G., & Sinner, M. F. (2023). Manual vs. automatic assessment of the QT-interval and corrected QT. EP Europace, 25(9), 1-12. Article euad213.
    • Vink, A. S., Hermans, B. J. M., Hooglugt, J. L. Q., Peltenburg, P. J., Meijborg, V. M. F., Hofman, N., Clur, S. A. B., Blom, N. A., Delhaas, T., Wilde, A. A. M., & Postema, P. G. (2023). Diagnostic Accuracy of the Standing Test in Adults Suspected for Congenital Long-QT Syndrome. Journal of the American Heart Association, 12(14), Article e026419.
    • Ozgul, O., Hermans, B. JM., van Hunnik, A., Verheule, S., Schotten, U., Bonizzi, P., & Zeemering, S. (2023). High-density and high coverage composite mapping of repetitive atrial activation patterns. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 159(1), Article 106920.
    • Stoks, J., Hermans, B. M., Boukens, B. J. D., Holtackers, R. J., Gommers, S., Kaya, Y. S., Vernooy, K., Cluitmans, M. J. M., Volders, P. G. A., & ter Bekke, R. M. A. (2023). High-resolution structural-functional substrate-trigger characterization: Future roadmap for catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 10(1), Article 1112980.
  • 2022
    • Hermans, B. J. M., Weberndörfer, V., Bijvoet, G. P., Chaldoupi, S.-M., & Linz, D. (2022). New concepts in atrial fibrillation pathophysiology. Herzschrittmachertherapie und Elektrophysiologie, 33, 362-366.
    • Kawczynski, M. J., Van De Walle, S., Maesen, B., Isaacs, A., Zeemering, S., Hermans, B., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., Schotten, U., & Bidar, E. (2022). Preoperative P-wave parameters and risk of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis of 20,201 patients. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 35(4), Article ivac220.
    • Heines, S. J. H., van Bussel, B. C. T., Jong, M. J. A., Bennis, F. C., van Gassel, R. J. J., Groven, R. V. M., Heijnen, N. F. L., Hermans, B. J. M., Hounjet, R., van Koll, J., Mulder, M. M. G., van de Poll, M. C. G., van Rosmalen, F., Segers, R., Steyns, S., Strauch, U., Tas, J., van der Horst, I. C. C., van Kuijk, S. M. J., & Bergmans, D. C. J. J. (2022). Pulmonary pathophysiology development of COVID-19 assessed by serial Electrical Impedance Tomography in the MaastrICCht cohort. Scientific Reports, 12(1), Article 14517.