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 (29)

Etiology of language network changes during recovery of aphasia after stroke

Van Oers Casper A.M.M., Van Der Worp H. Bart, Kappelle L. Jaap, Raemaekers Mathijs A.H., Otte Willem M., Dijkhuizen Rick M. 1 dec 2018, In: Scientific Reports. 8 12 p.

Knowing left from right:asymmetric functional connectivity during resting state

Raemaekers Mathijs, Schellekens Wouter, Petridou Natalia, Ramsey Nick F 2018, In: Brain Structure and Function. 223 , p. 1909-1922

Preservation of hand movement representation in the sensorimotor areas of amputees

Bruurmijn Mark L.C.M., Pereboom Isabelle P.L., Vansteensel Mariska J., Raemaekers Mathijs A.H., Ramsey Nick F. 1 dec 2017, In: Brain. 140 , p. 3166-3178 13 p.

No changes in functional connectivity during motor recovery beyond 5 weeks after stroke; A longitudinal resting-state fMRI study

Nijboer Tanja C.W., Buma Floor E, Winters Caroline, Vansteensel Mariska J., Kwakkel Gert, Ramsey Nick F., Raemaekers Mathijs 1 jun 2017, In: PLoS ONE [E]. 12

Brain activation is related to smoothness of upper limb movements after stroke

Buma Floor E., van Kordelaar Joost, Raemaekers Matthijs, van Wegen Erwin E H, Ramsey Nick F., Kwakkel Gert 1 jul 2016, In: Experimental Brain Research. 234 , p. 2077-2089 13 p.

Intracranial Recordings of Occipital Cortex Responses to Illusory Visual Events

De Jong Maartje C., Hendriks Ralph J M, Vansteense Mariska J., Raemaekers Mathijs, Verstraten Frans A J, Ramsey Nick F., Erkelens Casper J., Leijten Frans S S, Van Ee Raymond 8 jun 2016, In: Journal of Neuroscience. 36 , p. 6297-6311 15 p.

Predictive coding for motion stimuli in human early visual cortex

Schellekens Wouter, van Wezel Richard J A, Petridou Natalia , Ramsey Nick F., Raemaekers Mathijs 1 mrt 2016, In: Brain Structure and Function. 221 , p. 879-890 12 p.

Predictions to motion stimuli in human early visual cortex:Effects of motion displacement on motion predictability

Schellekens W., Ramsey N. F., Raemaekers M. 1 sep 2015, In: NeuroImage. 118 , p. 118-125 8 p.

Inter-hemispheric language functional reorganization in low-grade glioma patients after tumour surgery

Kristo Gert, Raemaekers Mathijs, Rutten Geert Jan, de Gelder Beatrice, Ramsey Nick F. 1 mrt 2015, In: Cortex. 64 , p. 235-248 14 p.

Classification of mouth movements using 7 T fMRI

Bleichner M. G., Jansma J. M., Salari E., Freudenburg Z. V., Raemaekers M., Ramsey N. F. 2015, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 12

All Research Output (29)