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

  • 2020
    • Foreman, Y. D., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Pagen, D. M. E., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Henry, R. M. A., Koster, A., Wesselius, A., Schaper, N. C., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2020). Glucose Variability Assessed with Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Reliability, Reference Values, and Correlations with Established Glycemic Indices-The Maastricht Study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 22(5), 395-403. https://doi.org/10.1089/dia.2019.0385
    • Simons, N., Bijnen, M., Wouters, K. A. M., Rensen, S. S., Beulens, J. W. J., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., 't Hart, L. M., Greve, J. W. M., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Schaper, N. C., Schalkwijk, C. G., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2020). The endothelial function biomarker soluble E-selectin is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Liver International, 40(5), 1079-1088. https://doi.org/10.1111/liv.14384
    • Roumans, K. H. M., Lindeboom, L., Veeraiah, P., Remie, C. M. E., Phielix, E., Havekes, B., Bruls, Y. M. H., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Ståhlman, M., Alssema, M., Peters, H. P. F., de Mutsert, R., Staels, B., Taskinen, M-R., Borén, J., Schrauwen, P., & Schrauwen-Hinderling, V. B. (2020). Hepatic saturated fatty acid fraction is associated with de novo lipogenesis and hepatic insulin resistance. Nature Communications, 11(1), [1891]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15684-0
    • Brouwers, M. C. G. J., de Graaf, J., Simons, N., Meex, S., ten Doeschate, S., van Heertum, S., Heidemann, B., Luijten, J., de Boer, D., Schaper, N., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & van Greevenbroek, M. M. J. (2020). Incidence of type 2 diabetes in familial combined hyperlipidemia. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, 8(1), [001107]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-001107
  • 2019
    • Foreman, Y. D., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Berendschot, T. T. J. M., van Dongen, M. C. J. M., Eussen, S. J. P. M., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Henry, R. M. A., Houben, A. J. H. M., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Kroon, A. A., Reesink, K. D., Schram, M. T., Schaper, N. C., & Stehouwer, C. D. A. (2019). The oral glucose tolerance test-derived incremental glucose peak is associated with greater arterial stiffness and maladaptive arterial remodeling: The Maastricht Study. Cardiovascular Diabetology, 18(1), [152]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12933-019-0950-x
    • Simons, N., Debray, F-G., Schaper, N. C., Kooi, M. E., Feskens, E. J. M., Hollak, C. E. M., Lindeboom, L., Koek, G. H., Bons, J. A. P., Lefeber, D. J., Hodson, L., Schalkwijk, C. G., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Cassiman, D., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2019). Patients With Aldolase B Deficiency Are Characterized by Increased Intrahepatic Triglyceride Content. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 104(11), 5053-5061. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-02795
    • Hertroijs, D. F. L., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Elissen, A. M. J., Schaper, N. C., & Ruwaard, D. (2019). Relevant patient characteristics for estimating healthcare needs according to healthcare providers and people with type 2 diabetes: a Delphi survey. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), [575]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4371-z
    • Telgenkamp, I., Kusters, Y. H. A. M., Schalkwijk, C. G., Houben, A. J. H. M., Kooi, M. E., Lindeboom, L., Bons, J. A. P., Schaper, N. C., Joris, P. J., Plat, J., Mensink, R. P., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Brouwers, M. C. G. J. (2019). Contribution of Liver Fat to Weight Loss-Induced Changes in Serum Hepatokines: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 104(7), 2719-2727. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-02378
    • Kuiper, A., Grunewald, S., Murphy, E., Coenen, M. A., Eggink, H., Zutt, R., Rubio-Gozalbo, M. E., Bosch, A. M., Williams, M., Derks, T. G. J., Lachmann, R. H. L., Brouwers, M. C. G. J., Janssen, M. C. H., Tijssen, M. A., & de Koning, T. J. (2019). Movement disorders and nonmotor neuropsychological symptoms in children and adults with classical galactosemia. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, 42(3), 451-458. https://doi.org/10.1002/jimd.12054