Stephane Heymans


Stephane Heymans is Professor of Cardiomyopathies and Head of the Centre for Heart Failure Research, Department of Cardiology, Maastricht University. He obtained his Medical Degree from the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1995 and went on to get a PhD in Medical Sciences in 2000, studying the role of proteinases in acute myocardial infarction. In 2003, he joined the Department of Cardiology of Maastricht UMC+ as an academic medical specialist and in 2006 he took over the Multidisciplinary Cardiomyopathy Program (Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology departments).

In 2008, he established his independent research laboratory at Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht. His research interests focus on the molecular mechanisms of heart failure, looking at the interplay between inflammatory cells, fibroblasts and cardiomyocytes. Particular focus is on the role of non-structural matrix proteins, matrix turnover and non-coding RNAs.

Furthermore, he is Professor of 'Inflammation and Matrix Biology in Cardiomyopathies' at the University of Leuven and he is a board member of the ESC Heart Failure Association, ESC Working Group of Myocardial Function, ESC Heart Failure Association Committee on Diastolic Heart Failure and ESC Heart Failure Association Committee on Translational Research.


Department of Cardiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: G3.230
T: +31(0)43 388 43 04

  • 2020
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Merken, J. J., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Pliger, P., Derks, K. W. J., Wang, P., Henkens, M. T. H. M., van Paassen, P., Hamid, M. A. A., van Empel, V. P. M., Knackstedt, C., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Brunner, H. G., Poelzl, G., Vernooy, K., Heymans, S. R. B., & Hazebroek, M. R. (2020). Cardiac Inflammation Impedes Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in Patients With Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circulation-Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 13(11), 1311-1320.
    • Seferovic, P. M., Fragasso, G., Petrie, M., Mullens, W., Ferrari, R., Thum, T., Bauersachs, J., Anker, S. D., Ray, R., Cavusoglu, Y., Polovina, M., Metra, M., Ambrosio, G., Prasad, K., Seferovic, J., Jhund, P. S., Dattilo, G., Celutkiene, J., Piepoli, M., ... Rosano, G. M. C. (2020). Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology update on sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in heart failure (an update on the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors in heart failure: beyond glycaemic control. A position paper of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology). European journal of heart failure, 22(11), 1984-1986.
    • Remmelzwaal, S., van Ballegooijen, A. J., Schoonmade, L. J., Dal Canto, E., Handoko, M. L., Henkens, M. T. H. M., van Empel, V., Heymans, S. R. B., & Beulens, J. W. J. (2020). Natriuretic peptides for the detection of diastolic dysfunction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction-a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 18(1), [290].
    • Selevsek, N., Caiment, F., Nudischer, R., Gmuender, H., Agarkova, I., Atkinson, F. L., Bachmann, I., Baier, V., Barel, G., Bauer, C., Boerno, S., Bosc, N., Clayton, O., Cordes, H., Deeb, S., Gotta, S., Guye, P., Hersey, A., Hunter, F. M. I., ... Kleinjans, J. (2020). Network integration and modelling of dynamic drug responses at multi-omics levels. Communications Biology, 3(1), [573].
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Hazebroek, M. R., Krapels, I. P. C., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Raafs, A., Wang, P., Merken, J. J., Claes, G. R. F., Vanhoutte, E. K., van den Wijngaard, A., Heymans, S. R. B., & Brunner, H. G. (2020). Implications of Genetic Testing in Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine, 13(5), 476-487. [003031].
    • Timmermans, P., Barradas-Pires, A., Ali, O., Henkens, M., Heymans, S., & Negishi, K. (2020). Prednisone and azathioprine in patients with inflammatory cardiomyopathy: systematic review and meta-analysis. Esc heart failure, 7(5), 2278-2296.
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Derks, K. W. J., Hazebroek, M. R., Wang, P., Robinson, E. L., Adriaens, M. E., Krapels, I. P. C., van den Wijngaard, A., Brunner, H. G., & Heymans, S. R. B. (2020). Distinct Cardiac Transcriptomic Clustering in Titin and Lamin A/C-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy Patients. Circulation, 142(12), 1230-1232.
    • Tocchetti, C. G., Ameri, P., de Boer, R. A., D'Alessandra, Y., Russo, M., Sorriento, D., Ciccarelli, M., Kiss, B., Bertrand, L., Dawson, D., Falcao-Pires, I., Giacca, M., Hamdani, N., Linke, W. A., Mayr, M., van der Velden, J., Zacchigna, S., Ghigo, A., Hirsch, E., ... Thum, T. (2020). Cardiac dysfunction in cancer patients: beyond direct cardiomyocyte damage of anticancer drugs: novel cardio-oncology insights from the joint 2019 meeting of the ESC Working Groups of Myocardial Function and Cellular Biology of the Heart. Cardiovascular Research, 116(11), 1820-1834.
    • Bar, C., Chatterjee, S., Pires, I. F., Rodrigues, P., Sluijter, J. P. G., Boon, R. A., Nevado, R. M., Andres, V., Sansonetti, M., de Windt, L., Ciccarelli, M., Hamdani, N., Heymans, S., Videira, R. F., Tocchetti, C. G., Giacca, M., Zacchigna, S., Engelhardt, S., Dimmeler, S., ... Thum, T. (2020). Non-coding RNAs: update on mechanisms and therapeutic targets from the ESC Working Groups of Myocardial Function and Cellular Biology of the Heart. Cardiovascular Research, 116(11), 1805-1819.
    • Pellicori, P., Ferreira, J. P., Mariottoni, B., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Ahmed, F. Z., Verdonschot, J., Collier, T., Cuthbert, J. J., Petutschnigg, J., Mujaj, B., Girerd, N., Gonzalez, A., Clark, A. L., Cosmi, F., Staessen, J. A., Heymans, S., Latini, R., Rossignol, P., Zannad, F., & Cleland, J. G. F. (2020). Effects of spironolactone on serum markers of fibrosis in people at high risk of developing heart failure: rationale, design and baseline characteristics of a proof-of-concept, randomised, precision-medicine, prevention trial. The Heart OMics in AGing (HOMAGE) trial. European journal of heart failure, 22(9), 1711-1723.