Ulrich Schotten

Ulrich Schotten

Full professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology

Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

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Personal History

Professor Ulrich Schotten is based in the Netherlands, where he works at Maastricht University.


Academic History

Professor Ulrich Schotten studied medicine at the universities of Aachen, Germany, Glasgow, Scotland and Valletta, Malta. At Aachen University, he defended his thesis in 1996 on the topic of the effects of volatile anaesthetics on βadrenergic signalling in rat myocardium. He then pursued a cardiology internship there, before joining the Physiology department at Maastricht University in 1998.1


Career Overview

Professor Schotten joined the Physiology Department at Maastricht University in 1998, first as a scholar of the Academy of Sciences of North-Rhine Westphalia and then in 1999 on as a staff member. 

He defended his thesis titled  '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 has been working as principal investigator at CARIM. In 2011, he was appointed Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology and became chairman of the department of Physiology in 2019.2

Prof Schotten is coordinator of the CVON network RACE V and PI in numerous national and international research networks. He was a member of the European task force for the development of the ESC guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Furthermore, he is a 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. 3


Career Timeline

  • 1995: Graduated, Aachen University
  • 1995 - 1998: Internship, Aachen University
  • 1998: Academy of Sciences North Rhine Westphalia
  • 1999: Dept. of Physiology, Aachen University
  • 2002: Assistant Professor of Physiology, Maastricht University
  • 2011: Professor for Cardiac Electrophysiology, Maastricht University
  • 2019: Chairman,  Department of Physiology, Maastricht University


Areas of Speciality

  • Cellular and integrated actions of antiarrhythmic drugs
  • 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
  • Three-dimensional computer models of atrial fibrillation



  1. http://www.tsim.org.tw/article/A95/abstract/11-afternoon/4F-VIP/CV_UlrichSchotten.pdf 
  2. https://www.ccmc.usi.ch/index.php/57-ccmc-people/286-ulrich-schotten
  3. https://www.carimmaastricht.nl/research/divisions/division_heart/complex_arrhythmias/people/uli_schotten?pi_program=pi_group_uli_schotten


Articles by Ulrich Schotten, Full professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology

Considerations for the Assessment of Substrates, Genetics and Risk Factors in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Dominik Linz, Sander Verheule, Aaron Isaacs, et al


Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(3):132–9.

The Atrial Phenotype of the Inherited Primary Arrhythmia Syndromes

Giulio Conte, Ulrich Schotten, Angelo Auricchio, et al


Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2019;8(1):42–6.