Frits Prinzen


Frits Prinzen is professor of Physiology. He studied Medical Biology in Utrecht and defended his PhD in Maastricht in 1982. His research focusses on the relation between the electrical activation and mechanical contraction and pump function of the heart, with specific application to pacemaker therapies in heart failure. His work is highly translational, ranging from preclinical to clinical research and more recently also using computer simulations. Results from his work provided new insights in and opportunities for pacemaker therapies. He has participated in the CTMM-COHFAR consortium and has been and is workpackage leader in several EU-funded projects, including an International Training Network (Personalised in silico Cardiology). Several of his team members achieved personal grants (ZonMw Veni, Vidi, Clinical Fellow; Netherlands Heart Foundation junior and senior postdoc; young staff member). Besides, he ran multiple investigator-initiated studies that were funded by industry. He has been chairman of the Cardiovascular System Dynamics Society and of the Innovation Committee of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). Currently he is member of the Scientific Initiatives Committee of EHRA. He is (co-)author on 280 scientific articles, with 7740 citations and H-index of 50.

His main research topic is regional cardiac mechanics and long-term structural and functional adaptations to various conditions, with emphasis on asynchronous electrical activation and cardiac resynchronisation. Primarily animal experimental work, but with important links to Biomedical Engineering (computer models of cardiac electrophysiology and mechanics) and Cardiology (patients with pacemakers, bundle branch block, heart failure). With this background Prof. Frits Prinzen is a world expert on pacing therapies, both for bradycardia and for heart failure (cardiac resynchronisation therapy, CRT).

Department of Physiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
T: +31(0)43 3881080
  • 2021
    • Curila, K., Jurak, P., Jastrzebski, M., Prinzen, F., Waldauf, P., Halamek, J., Vernooy, K., Smisek, R., Karch, J., Plesinger, F., Moskal, P., Susankova, M., Znojilova, L., Heckman, L., Viscor, I., Vondra, V., Leinveber, P., & Osmancik, P. (2021). Left bundle branch pacing compared to left ventricular septal myocardial pacing increases interventricular dyssynchrony but accelerates left ventricular lateral wall depolarization. Heart Rhythm, 18(8), 1281-1289.
    • Poels, T. T., Engels, E. B., Kats, S., Veenstra, L., van Ommen, V., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., & Prinzen, F. W. (2021). Occurrence and Persistency of Conduction Disturbances during Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Medicina-Lithuania, 57(7), [695].
    • Ploeg, M. C., Munts, C., Prinzen, F. W., Turner, N. A., van Bilsen, M., & van Nieuwenhoven, F. A. (2021). Piezo1 Mechanosensitive Ion Channel Mediates Stretch-Induced Nppb Expression in Adult Rat Cardiac Fibroblasts. Cells, 10(7), [1745].
    • Holtackers, R. J., Gommers, S., Heckman, L. I. B., Van De Heyning, C. M., Chiribiri, A., & Prinzen, F. W. (2021). Histopathological Validation of Dark-Blood Late Gadolinium Enhancement MRI Without Additional Magnetization Preparation. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
    • Jurak, P., Bear, L. R., Nguyên, U. C., Viscor, I., Andrla, P., Plesinger, F., Halamek, J., Vondra, V., Abell, E., Cluitmans, M. J. M., Dubois, R., Curila, K., Leinveber, P., & Prinzen, F. W. (2021). 3-Dimensional ventricular electrical activation pattern assessed from a novel high-frequency electrocardiographic imaging technique: principles and clinical importance. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 11469. [11469].
    • Wouters, P. C., Leenders, G. E., Cramer, M. J., Meine, M., Prinzen, F. W., Doevendans, P. A., & De Boeck, B. W. L. (2021). Acute recoordination rather than functional hemodynamic improvement determines reverse remodelling by cardiac resynchronisation therapy. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 37(6), 1903-1911.
    • Wouters, P. C., Vernooy, K., Cramer, M. J., Prinzen, F. W., & Meine, M. (2021). Optimizing lead placement for pacing in dyssynchronous heart failure: The patient in the lead. Heart Rhythm, 18(6), 1024-1032.
    • Crijns, H. J. G. M., Prinzen, F., Lambiase, P. D., Sanders, P., & Brugada, J. (2021). The year in cardiovascular medicine 2020: arrhythmias. Cor et Vasa, 63, 6-14.
    • Poels, T. T., Stassen, R., Kats, S., Veenstra, L., van Ommen, V., Kietselaer, B., Houthuizen, P., Maessen, J. G., & Prinzen, F. W. (2021). Effective Distance between Aortic Valve and Conduction System Is an Independent Predictor of Persistent Left Bundle Branch Block during Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Medicina-Lithuania, 57(5), [476].
    • Curila, K., Jurak, P., Halamek, J., Prinzen, F., Waldauf, P., Karch, J., Stros, P., Plesinger, F., Mizner, J., Susankova, M., Prochazkova, R., Sussenbek, O., Viscor, I., Vondra, V., Smisek, R., Leinveber, P., & Osmancik, P. (2021). Ventricular activation pattern assessment during right ventricular pacing: Ultrahigh-frequency ECG study. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 32(5), 1385-1394.