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

  • 2010
    • Dennert, R. M., van Paassen, P., Schalla, S., Kuznetsova, T., Alzand, B. S. N., Staessen, J. A., Velthuis, S., Crijns, H. J., Tervaert, J. W. C., & Heymans, S. (2010). Cardiac Involvement in Churg-Strauss Syndrome. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 62(2), 627-634.
    • PROTECT Steering Committee, & Heymans, S. (2010). Design and Rationale of the PROTECT Study: A Placebo-controlled Randomized Study of the Selective A1 Adenosine Receptor Antagonist Rolofylline for Patients Hospitalized With Acute Decompensated Heart Failure and Volume Overload to Assess Treatment Effect on Congestion and Renal Function. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 16(1), 25-35.
    • Dennert, R., Velthuis, S., Schalla, S., Eurlings, L. W., van Suylen, R-J., van Paassen, P., Tervaert, J. W. C., Wolffs, P., Goossens, V. J., Bruggeman, C., Waltenberger, J., Crijns, H. J., & Heymans, S. (2010). Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy for patients with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and endomyocardial biopsy-proven high PVB19 viral load. Antiviral Therapy, 15(2), 193-201.
    • Dennert, R., Velthuis, S., Westermann, D., Donker, D. W., Schalla, S., van Suylen, R-J., & Heymans, S. (2010). Parvovirus-B19-associated fulminant myocarditis successfully treated with immunosuppressive and antiviral therapy. Antiviral Therapy, 15(4), 681-685.