Uli Schotten


Professor Uli Schotten studied medicine at the universities of Aachen, Glasgow, and Valetta. After four years of training in cardiology at the University Hospital of Aachen, he joined the Department of Physiology at Maastricht University in 1998, first as a scholar of the Academy of Sciences of North-Rhine Westfalia and from 1999 on as a staff member of the department. He defended his thesis 'Mechanisms of Atrial Paralysis in Atrial Fibrillation' at Maastricht University in 2003, and received his habilitation in Experimental Cardiology at the University Hospital in Aachen in 2004. Since 2007, he is Principal Investigator at CARIM. In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology and became chairman of the Department of Physiology in 2019.

His research interests include cellular and integrated actions of antiarrhythmic drugs, the development of substrates for the perpetuation of atrial fibrillation, invasive and non-invasive quantification of the substrate of atrial fibrillation, interaction between atrial fibrillation and activation of the coagulation system, and three-dimensional computer models of atrial fibrillation. He is coordinator of the CVON network RACE V and PI in numerous national and international research networks. He was member of the European task force for the development of the ESC guidelines for management of atrial fibrillation in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Furthermore, he is member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Competence for Atrial Fibrillation (AFNET), co-founder of the Maastricht University spin-off company YourRhythmics BV, and acts as the chairman of the Strategic board of CARIM.

Department of Physiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 3.130
T: +31(0)43 388 12 00

  • 2022
    • Kawczynski, M. J., Van De Walle, S., Maesen, B., Isaacs, A., Zeemering, S., Hermans, B., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., Schotten, U., & Bidar, E. (2022). Preoperative P-wave parameters and risk of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis of 20,201 patients. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 35(4), [220]. https://doi.org/10.1093/icvts/ivac220
    • Young, W. J., Lahrouchi, N., Isaacs, A., Duong, T., Foco, L., Ahmed, F., Brody, J. A., Salman, R., Noordam, R., Benjamins, J-W., Haessler, J., Lyytikäinen, L-P., Repetto, L., Concas, M. P., van den Berg, M. E., Weiss, S., Baldassari, A. R., Bartz, T. M., Cook, J. P., ... Munroe, P. B. (2022). Genetic analyses of the electrocardiographic QT interval and its components identify additional loci and pathways. Nature Communications, 13(1), [5144]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32821-z
    • Gawałko, M., Agbaedeng, T. A., Saljic, A., Müller, D. N., Wilck, N., Schnabel, R., Penders, J., Rienstra, M., van Gelder, I., Jespersen, T., Schotten, U., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Kalman, J. M., Sanders, P., Nattel, S., Dobrev, D., & Linz, D. (2022). Gut microbiota, dysbiosis and atrial fibrillation. Arrhythmogenic mechanisms and potential clinical implications. Cardiovascular Research, 118(11), 2415-2427. https://doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvab292
    • Van Mourik, M. J. W., Arita, V. A., Lyon, A., Lumens, J., De With, R. R., van Melle, J. P., Schotten, U., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Van Gelder, I. C., Rienstra, M., & Linz, D. K. (2022). Association between comorbidities and left and right atrial dysfunction in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: Analysis of AF-RISK. International Journal of Cardiology, 360, 29-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2022.05.044
    • Maesen, B., Verheule, S., Zeemering, S., La Meir, M., Nijs, J., Lumeij, S., Lau, D. H., Granier, M., Crijns, H. J., Maessen, J. G., Dhein, S., & Schotten, U. (2022). Endomysial fibrosis, rather than overall connective tissue content, is the main determinant of conduction disturbances in human atrial fibrillation. EP Europace, 24(6), 1015-1024. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euac026
    • Kawczynski, M. J., Zeemering, S., Gilbers, M., Isaacs, A., Verheule, S., Zink, M. D., Maesen, B., Bramer, S., Van Gelder, I. C., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Schotten, U., & Bidar, E. (2022). New-onset perioperative atrial fibrillation in cardiac surgery patients: transient trouble or persistent problem?-Authors' reply. EP Europace, 24(6), 1037-1037. [317]. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euab317
    • Verhaert, D. V. M., Linz, D., Chaldoupi, S. M., Westra, S. W., den Uijl, D. W., Philippens, S., Kerperien, M., Habibi, Z., Vorstermans, B., ter Bekke, R. M. A., Beukema, R. J., Evertz, R., Hemels, M. E. W., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Manusama, R., Lankveld, T. A. R., van der Heijden, C. A. J., Bidar, E., Hermans, B. M., ... Schotten, U. (2022). Rationale and Design of the ISOLATION Study: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study Identifying Predictors for Successful Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in an Integrated Clinical Care and Research Pathway. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 9, [879139]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2022.879139
    • Verhaert, D. V. M., Betz, K., Gawałko, M., Hermans, A. N. L., Pluymaekers, N. A. H. A., van der Velden, R. M. J., Philippens, S., Vorstermans, B., Simons, S. O., den Uijl, D. W., Chaldoupi, S-M., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Westra, S. W., Lankveld, T., Kadhim, K., Pepin, J-L., van Steenwijk, R. P., Hol, B., Schotten, U., ... Linz, D. (2022). A VIRTUAL Sleep Apnoea management pathway For the work-up of Atrial fibrillation patients in a digital Remote Infrastructure: VIRTUAL-SAFARI. EP Europace, 24(4), 565-575. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euab229
    • Häusler, K. G., Eichner, F. A., Heuschmann, P. U., Fiebach, J. B., Engelhorn, T., Blank, B., Callans, D., Elvan, A., Grimaldi, M., Hansen, J., Hindricks, G., Al-Khalidi, H. R., Mont, L., Nielsen, J. C., Piccini, J. P., Schotten, U., Themistoclakis, S., Vijgen, J., Di Biase, L., & Kirchhof, P. (2022). MRI-Detected Brain Lesions and Cognitive Function in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Left Atrial Catheter Ablation in the Randomized AXAFA-AFNET 5 Trial. Circulation, 145(12), 906-915. https://doi.org/10.1161/circulationaha.121.056320
    • Fabritz, L., Connolly, D., Czarnecki, E., Dudek, D., Zlahoda-Huzior, A., Guasch, E., Haase, D., Huebner, T., Jolly, K., Kirchhof, P., Schotten, U., Zapf, A., & Schnabel, R. B. (2022). Remote Design of a Smartphone and Wearable Detected Atrial Arrhythmia in Older Adults Case Finding Study: Smart in OAC - AFNET 9. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 9, [839202]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2022.839202