Matthijs Cluitmans

Assistant Professor

Dr Matthijs Cluitmans obtained a broad training at Maastricht University by studying Knowledge Engineering (Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering) and Medicine (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences). He combined this dual background in a PhD thesis studying how advanced novel imaging techniques such as electrocardiographic imaging may help to better characterise the substrate for cardiac arrhythmias. This clinical-experimental-mathematical endeavor was supervised by Prof. Paul Volders (cardiology), Prof. Ralf Peeters (mathematics) and Prof. Ronald Westra (mathematics). After his PhD, Matthijs shifted his focus from the technical aspects of electrocardiographic imaging to applying such techniques to understand the development of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Following a post-doc in Maastricht (2016-2018), he visited the team of Dr Rémi Dubois at the Liryc institute in Bordeaux to perform experiments on the arrhythmogenic characteristics of repolarisation abnormalities (Feb-Nov 2018). He then worked in the lab of Dr Ruben Coronel to obtain more expertise in the field of macroscopic repolarisation abnormalities. Since May 2019, Matthijs is back in Maastricht and working in the PI team of Prof. Paul Volders. Since 2016, Matthijs also works part time at Philips Research. Matthijs obtained multiple awards (amongst which Young Investigator Awards) and grants (most notably the Dutch NWO Veni personal research grant).

As a biomedical engineer and medical doctor, Matthijs hopes to bring more insight in the mechanisms of unexplained ventricular arrhythmias which can lead to sudden cardiac death. He currently is executing an NWO Veni grant to clinically characterise, experimentally study and computationally model the mechanisms of trigger-substrate interaction leading to arrhythmias in the ventricles. He is focusing on the role of repolarisation abnormalities in that setting and also works for the clinical Vigilance study headed by Prof. Paul Volders.

Matthijs is especially interested in contributing to the personalisation of medicine, using computational models to provide insights in arrhythmia mechanisms at the level of an individual rather than at the level of a population of patients. At Maastricht University, his research focusses on the (individual) mechanistic understanding of ventricular arrhythmias. In his part time position at Philips Research, Matthijs is exploring the use of computational electrophysiology models to personalise diagnosis and therapy. The overlap between these positions promotes the transition from scientific findings to clinical application.

Department of Cardiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 3.222

  • 2024
    • Cluitmans, M. J. M., Plank, G., & Heijman, J. (2024). Digital twins for cardiac electrophysiology: state of the art and future challenges. Herzschrittmachertherapie und Elektrophysiologie, 35(2), 118-123.
    • Willems, E., Janssens, K. L. P. M., Dekker, L. R. C., van de Vosse, F. N., Cluitmans, M. J. M., & Bovendeerd, P. H. M. (2024). Strain-controlled electrophysiological wave propagation alters in silico scar-based substrate for ventricular tachycardia. Frontiers in physiology, 15, Article 1330157.
    • Stoks, J., Langfield, P., & Cluitmans, M. J. M. (2024). Methodological and Mechanistic Considerations in Local Repolarization Mapping. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 10(2), 376-377.
  • 2023
    • Filgueiras-Rama, D., Ramos-Prada, A., & Cluitmans, M. J. M. (2023). Arrhythmogenic vulnerability of reentrant pathways in post-infarct ventricular tachycardia assessed by advanced computational modelling. EP Europace, 25(9), Article euad258.
    • Cluitmans, M., Walton, R., & Plank, G. (2023). Editorial: Computational methods in cardiac electrophysiology. Frontiers in physiology, 14(1), Article 1231342.
    • Cluitmans, M. J. M., Bayer, J., Bear, L. R., Ter Bekke, R. M. A., Heijman, J., Coronel, R., & Volders, P. G. A. (2023). The circle of reentry: Characteristics of trigger-substrate interaction leading to sudden cardiac arrest. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 10, Article 1121517.
    • Stoks, J., Bear, L. R., Vijgen, J., Dendale, P., Peeters, R., Volders, P. G. A., & Cluitmans, M. J. M. (2023). Understanding repolarization in the intracardiac unipolar electrogram: A long-lasting controversy revisited. Frontiers in physiology, 14, Article 1158003.
    • 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
    • van der Waal, J., Bear, L., Meijborg, V., Dubois, R., Cluitmans, M., & Coronel, R. (2022). Steep repolarization time gradients in pig hearts cause distinct changes in composite electrocardiographic T-wave parameters. Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology, 27(6), Article 12994.