dr. M.A.H.L.L. (Mathijs) Raemaekers

dr. M.A.H.L.L. (Mathijs) Raemaekers

Assistant Professor
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery

Research Programs




Mathijs Raemaekers obtained his PhD in 2006 with René Kahn and Nick Ramsey, with a thesis on abnormalities in brain activation during eye movements in schizophrenia. Subsequently, he became a postdoc at the neurobiology group of Richard van Wezel of the faculty of Biology of Utrecht University, where he conducted experiments on control over conscious visual perception and directional biases during motion perception in primary visual cortical areas. For continuing the latter experiments in the group of Nick Ramsey at the UMC Utrecht, he was awarded a VENI grant. In collaboration with Wouter Schellekens, he successfully the nature and purpose of the directional motion biases in visual cortex.

At the UMC he also established various lines of research, mostly using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Using this technique he investigated amongst others functional reorganization after stroke in motor and visual cortex, resting state activity in visual cortex, and topological asymmetry between the hemispheres. In addition he has developed statistical approaches for estimating reliability of fMRI measurements. He is now supervising fMRI research in several Ph.D. projects in addition to his function as contact person between the BCRM and the Imaging division.

Research line

fMRI, Stroke, BCI, Vision, Resting state

1: Raemaekers, M., Bergsma, D.P., van Wezel, R.J., van der Wildt, G.J., van den Berg, A.V., 2011. Effects of vision restoration training on early visual cortex in patients with cerebral blindness investigated with functional magnetic resonance imaging. J.Neurophysiol. 105, 872-882
2: Raemaekers, M., du, P.S., Ramsey, N.F., Weusten, J.M., Vink, M., 2012. Test-retest variability underlying fMRI measurements. Neuroimage. 60, 717-727
3: Raemaekers, M., Lankheet, M.J., Moorman, S., Kourtzi, Z., van Wezel, R.J., 2009. Directional anisotropy of motion responses in retinotopic cortex. Hum.Brain Mapp. 30, 3970-3980
4: Raemaekers, M., Schellekens, W., van Wezel, R.J., Petridou, N., Kristo, G., Ramsey, N.F., 2014. Patterns of resting state connectivity in human primary visual cortical areas: a 7T fMRI study. Neuroimage. 84, 911-921
5: Schellekens, W., van Wezel, R.J., Petridou, N., Ramsey, N.F., Raemaekers, M., 2014. Predictive coding for motion stimuli in human early visual cortex. Brain Struct.Funct

Fellowship and Awards

2: NCU Seed grant

Research Output (40)

Distinct representation of ipsilateral hand movements in sensorimotor areas

Bruurmijn Mark L C M, Raemaekers Mathijs, Branco Mariana P, Ramsey Nick F, Vansteensel Mariska J Nov 2021, In: European Journal of Neuroscience. 54 , p. 7599-7608 10 p.

Tractography dissection variability:What happens when 42 groups dissect 14 white matter bundles on the same dataset?

Schilling Kurt G., Rheault François, Petit Laurent, Hansen Colin B., Nath Vishwesh, Yeh Fang Cheng, Girard Gabriel, Barakovic Muhamed, Rafael-Patino Jonathan, Yu Thomas, Fischi-Gomez Elda, Pizzolato Marco, Ocampo-Pineda Mario, Schiavi Simona, Canales-Rodríguez Erick J., Daducci Alessandro, Granziera Cristina, Innocenti Giorgio, Thiran Jean Philippe, Mancini Laura, Wastling Stephen, Cocozza Sirio, Petracca Maria, Pontillo Giuseppe, Mancini Matteo, Vos Sjoerd B., Vakharia Vejay N., Duncan John S., Melero Helena, Manzanedo Lidia, Sanz-Morales Emilio, Peña-Melián Ángel, Calamante Fernando, Attyé Arnaud, Cabeen Ryan P., Korobova Laura, Toga Arthur W., Vijayakumari Anupa Ambili, Parker Drew, Verma Ragini, Radwan Ahmed, Sunaert Stefan, Emsell Louise, De Luca Alberto, Leemans Alexander, Bajada Claude J., Haroon Hamied, Tax Chantal M.W., Fernandes Francisco Guerreiro, Raemaekers Mathijs, Nov 2021, In: NeuroImage. 243 , p. 1-18

Decoding attempted phantom hand movements from ipsilateral sensorimotor areas after amputation

Bruurmijn L. C.M., Raemaekers M., Branco M. P., Vansteensel M. J., Ramsey N. F. Oct 2021, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 18 , p. 1-9

Self-regulation in the pre-adolescent brain

Pas P., Hulshoff Pol H. E., Raemaekers M., Vink M. Oct 2021, In: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 51 , p. 1-10 10 p.

Reduced brain activation during spoken language processing in children with developmental language disorder and children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

Vansteensel Mariska J., Selten Iris S., Charbonnier Lisette, Berezutskaya Julia, Raemaekers Mathijs A.H., Ramsey Nick F., Wijnen Frank 30 Jul 2021, In: Neuropsychologia. 158

A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Approach for Language Laterality Assessment in Young Children

Charbonnier Lisette, Raemaekers Mathijs A H, Cornelisse Philippe A, Verwoert Maxime, Braun Kees P J, Ramsey Nick F, Vansteensel Mariska J 17 Nov 2020, In: Frontiers in Pediatrics. 8 , p. 1-14

The YOUth cohort study:MRI protocol and test-retest reliability in adults

Buimer Elizabeth E.L., Pas Pascal, Brouwer Rachel M., Froeling Martijn, Hoogduin Hans, Leemans Alexander, Luijten Peter, van Nierop Bastiaan J., Raemaekers Mathijs, Schnack Hugo G., Teeuw Jalmar, Vink Matthijs, Visser Fredy, Hulshoff Pol Hilleke E., Mandl René C.W. Oct 2020, In: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 45 , p. 1-15

The brain in a box:A toolbox for creating Cartesian geometric representations with isometric dimensions (Cgrids)

Raemaekers Mathijs, Bruurmijn Mark, Ramsey Nick 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 339 , p. 1-10

A Novel 2D Standard Cartesian Representation for the Human Sensorimotor Cortex

Bruurmijn Mark L C M, Schellekens Wouter, Raemaekers Mathijs A H, Ramsey Nick F Apr 2020, In: Neuroinformatics. 18 , p. 283-293 11 p.

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