Martijn van den Heuvel



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Research interests

Martijn van den Heuvel is a passionate neuroscientist working in the field of ‘connectomics’. I have a background in neuroimaging and Artificial Intelligence. I aim to bridge disciplines such as psychology, AI, biology and cognitive neuroscience. My research goal is to figure out the ‘principles of human brain wiring’ (lecture) and how they play a central role in the spectrum of brain function and disease disfunction. 

I am interested in making connections between neuroscience disciplines: How do macroscale network changes relate to changes at the cellular and genetic level? And how do connectome effects related across disorders and mental conditions? 

I am involved in the development of new methods for graph theory analysis in patient-control studies and on mapping the connectome during development I am actively involved in the field of ‘comparative connectomics’, and I study the role of evolutionary adaptations of the brain in relationship to human-unique mental disorders. I am particularly interested in the (very) early developmental stages of brain connectivity and how this relates to the potential development of brain function resilience and vulnerability.

Martijn's work is supported by MQ, NWO (VENI/VIDI), the Dutch Brain Foundation, Amsterdam Neuroscience and for example the ALS foundation (THANK YOU!).

Martijn is actively involved in the debate on open science and open access publication. He is as an Associate Editor for the journals Human Brain Mapping and Network Neuroscience. He is a member of the Editorial board of Neuroimage and the board of the Dutch Society for Neuroscience.

Interested in more? On his lab website you can find several videos and other materials on the work of Martijn and his (inspiring) team.


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Research Output

Shared vulnerability for connectome alterations across psychiatric and neurological brain disorders

de Lange, S. C., Scholtens, L. H., van den Berg, L. H., Boks, M. P., Bozzali, M., Cahn, W., Dannlowski, U., Durston, S., Geuze, E., van Haren, N. E. M., Hillegers, M. H. J., Koch, K., Jurado, M. Á., Mancini, M., Marqués-Iturria, I., Meinert, S., Ophoff, R. A., Reess, T. J., Repple, J., Kahn, R. S. & 2 others, van den Heuvel, M. P. & Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, 1 Sep 2019, In : Nature Human Behaviour. 3, 9, p. 988-998

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Genetic mapping and evolutionary analysis of human-expanded cognitive networks

Wei, Y., de Lange, S. C., Scholtens, L. H., Watanabe, K., Ardesch, D. J., Jansen, P. R., Savage, J. E., Li, L., Preuss, T. M., Rilling, J. K., Posthuma, D. & van den Heuvel, M. P., 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 4839.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Evolutionary modifications in human brain connectivity associated with schizophrenia

Van Den Heuvel, M. P., Scholtens, L. H., De Lange, S. C., Pijnenburg, R., Cahn, W., Van Haren, N. E. M., Sommer, I. E., Bozzali, M., Koch, K., Boks, M. P., Repple, J., Pievani, M., Li, L., Preuss, T. M. & Rilling, J. K., 1 Dec 2019, In : Brain. 142, 12, p. 3991-4002 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Functional Connectome of the Fetal Brain

Turk, E., van den Heuvel, M. I., Benders, M. J., de Heus, R., Franx, A., Manning, J. H., Hect, J. L., Hernandez-Andrade, E., Hassan, S. S., Romero, R., Kahn, R. S., Thomason, M. E. & van den Heuvel, M. P., 2019, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 39, 49, p. 9716-9724

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Network hubs in the human brain

van den Heuvel, M. P. & Sporns, O., 1 Dec 2013, In : Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 17, 12, p. 683-696 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review