Martijn Brouwers

Assistant Professor

Dr Martijn Brouwers obtained his MD degree (with honours) in 2002, after which he started his PhD project that focussed on hepatic steatosis in familial combined hyperlipidemia. In 2006, he worked as a trainee at the Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Since 2012. he has been a staff member (internist-endocrinologist) at Maastricht UMC+.

His research focusses on the cardiometabolic consequences of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD consists of a histological spectrum comprising simple steatosis, steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis and cirrhosis. Evidence is accumulating that NAFLD is not only a liver disease per se, it is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. This research line aims to elucidate the exact mechanistic link between NAFLD and these systemic diseases. For this, a diverse set of studies is used, ranging from (genetic) epidemiology, to ‘human knockout’ models, to randomised controlled trials and experimental animal work. This research is in part funded by the Dutch Heart Foundation, the Dutch Diabetes Foundation and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.

Department ofInternal Medicine
P. Debeyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
T: +31(0)43 388 70 19

  • 2021
    • van Dalem, J., Driessen, J. H. M., Burden, A. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Klungel, O. H., de Vries, F., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2021). Thiazolidinediones and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists and the Risk of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Cohort Study. Hepatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/hep.32012
    • Foreman, Y. D., van Doorn, W. P. T. M., Schaper, N. C., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Henry, R. M. A., Koster, A., Eussen, S. J. P. M., Wesselius, A., Reesink, K. D., Schram, M. T., Dagnelie, P. C., Kroon, A. A., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2021). Greater daily glucose variability and lower time in range assessed with continuous glucose monitoring are associated with greater aortic stiffness: The Maastricht Study. Diabetologia, 64(8), 1880-1892. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-021-05474-8
    • Simons, P. I. H. G., Valkenburg, O., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2021). Sex hormone-binding globulin: biomarker and hepatokine?Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 32(8), 544-553. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tem.2021.05.002
    • Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2021). When to Consider an Inborn Error of Metabolism in Adults?Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 11(3-4), 65-68. https://doi.org/10.14740/jem750
    • Simons, P. I. H. G., Valkenburg, O., Bons, J. A. P., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2021). The relationships of sex hormone-binding globulin, total testosterone, androstenedione and free testosterone with metabolic and reproductive features of polycystic ovary syndrome. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, 4(3), [00267]. https://doi.org/10.1002/edm2.267
    • van Doorn, W. P. T. M., Foreman, Y. D., Schaper, N. C., Savelberg, H. H. C. M., Koster, A., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Wesselius, A., Schram, M. T., Henry, R. M. A., Dagnelie, P. C., de Galan, B. E., Bekers, O., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Meex, S. J. R., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2021). Machine learning-based glucose prediction with use of continuous glucose and physical activity monitoring data: The Maastricht Study. PLOS ONE, 16(6), [0253125]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253125
    • Dalem, J. V., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Burden, A. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Klungel, O. H., Vries, F. D., & Driessen, J. H. M. (2021). Determinants of treatment modification before and after implementation of the updated 2015 NICE guideline on type 2 diabetes: A retrospective cohort study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 176, [108828]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2021.108828
    • Hulman, A., Foreman, Y. D., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Kroon, A. A., Reesink, K. D., Dagnelie, P. C., van der Kallen, C. J. H., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Faerch, K., Vistisen, D., Jorgensen, M. E., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Witte, D. R. (2021). Towards precision medicine in diabetes? A critical review of glucotypes. Plos Biology, 19(3), [3000890]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000890
  • 2020
    • Hertroijs, D. F. L., Elissen, A. M. J., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Hiligsmann, M., Schaper, N. C., & Ruwaard, D. (2020). Preferences of people with Type 2 diabetes for diabetes care: a discrete choice experiment. Diabetic Medicine, 37(11), 1807-1815. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.13969
    • Buziau, A. M., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Simons, N., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., & Schalkwijk, C. G. (2020). Development and validation of a UPLC-MS/MS method to quantify fructose in serum and urine. Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences, 1155, [122299]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jchromb.2020.122299