The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a prestigious Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to Dr. Jordi Heijman. Dr. Heijman is one of three Vidi laureates from Maastricht University in 2020 (out of a total of 81 awardees selected from 503 eligible proposals) with a proposal entitled ‘Time traveling to treat heart rhythm disorders’.
Heart rhythm disorders remain a major cause of death. To identify improved therapies, Dr. Heijman and his team will use advanced computer models to determine the mechanisms through which heart rhythm disorders become more stable over time, a process involving changes in numerous components of the heart’s electrical system occurring over milliseconds to days. Back in 2015, Dr. Heijman already received a NWO Veni grant for his research.