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

  • 2023
    • Heymans, S., Lakdawala, N. K., Tschöpe, C., & Klingel, K. (2023). Dilated cardiomyopathy: causes, mechanisms, and current and future treatment approaches. Lancet, 402(10406), 998-1011.
    • Vos, J. L., Raafs, A. G., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Pedrizzetti, G., van Deursen, C. J., Rodwell, L., Heymans, S. R. B., & Nijveldt, R. (2023). CMR-derived left ventricular intraventricular pressure gradients identify different patterns associated with prognosis in dilated cardiomyopathy. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, 24(9), 1231-1240. Advance online publication.
    • Heymans, S., & Cooper, L. T. (2023). Author Correction: Myocarditis after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination: clinical observations and potential mechanisms. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 20(8), 575-575. Advance online publication.
    • Babu, V. S., Mallipatna, A., Dudeja, G., Shetty, R., Nair, A. P., Tun, S. B. B., Ho, C. E. H., Chaurasia, S. S., Bhattacharya, S. S., Verma, N. K., Lakshminarayanan, R., Guha, N., Heymans, S., Barathi, V. A., & Ghosh, A. (2023). Depleted hexokinase1 and lack of AMPKa activation favor OXPHOS-dependent energetics in retinoblastoma tumors. Translational Research. Advance online publication.
    • Sikking, M. A., Stroeks, S. L. V. M., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Venner, M. F. G. H. M., Li, X., Heymans, S. R. B., Hazebroek, M. R., & Verdonschot, J. A. J. (2023). Cardiac Inflammation in Adult-Onset Genetic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(12), Article 3937.
    • Kobayashi, M., Huttin, O., Ferreira, J. P., Duarte, K., Gonzalez, A., Heymans, S., Verdonschot, J. A. J., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Pellicori, P. L., Clark, A., Petutschnigg, J., Edelmann, F. G., Cleland, J., Rossignol, P., Zannad, F., Girerd, N., & HOMAGE Trial Committees and Investigators (2023). A machine learning-derived echocardiographic algorithm identifies people at risk of heart failure with distinct cardiac structure, function, and response to spironolactone: findings from the HOMAGE trial. European journal of heart failure. Advance online publication.
    • Verdonschot, J. A. J., Wang, P., Derks, K. W. J., Adriaens, M. E., Stroeks, S. L. V. M., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Raafs, A. G., Sikking, M., de Koning, B., van den Wijngaard, A., Krapels, I. P. C., Nabben, M., Brunner, H. G., & Heymans, S. R. B. (2023). Clustering of Cardiac Transcriptome Profiles Reveals Unique Subgroups of Dilated Cardiomyopathy Patients. JACC: Basic to Translational Science, 8(4), 406-418.
    • Stroeks, S. L. V. M., Lunde, I. G. G., Hellebrekers, D. M. E. I., Claes, G. R. F., Wakimoto, H., Gorham, J., Krapels, I. P. C., Vanhoutte, E. K. K., van den Wijngaard, A., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Raafs, A. G. G., Sikking, M. A. A., Broers, J. L. V., Nabben, M., Jones, E. A. V., Heymans, S. R. B., Brunner, H. G. G., & Verdonschot, J. A. J. (2023). Prevalence and Clinical Consequences of Multiple Pathogenic Variants in Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine, 16(2), Article e003788.
    • Ferreira, J. P., Cleland, J. G. F., Girerd, N., Pellicori, P., Hazebroek, M. R., Verdonschot, J., Collier, T. J., Petutschnigg, J., Clark, A. L., Staessen, J. A., Heymans, S., Rossignol, P., & Zannad, F. (2023). Effect of Spironolactone on QRS Duration in Patients at Risk for Heart Failure (from the HOMAGE Trial). American Journal of Cardiology, 191, 39-42.
    • Robinson, E. L., Ameri, P., Delrue, L., Vanderheyden, M., Bartunek, J., Altieri, P., Heymans, S., & Heggermont, W. A. (2023). Differential expression of epigenetic modifiers in early and late cardiotoxic heart failure reveals DNA methylation as a key regulator of cardiotoxicity. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 10, Article 884174.