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Dr Claire Martin

Dr Claire Martin

Registrar in Electrophysiology | Royal Papworth Hospital

Research Interests

I have recently returned to work in Cambridge, having spent 1 year at Barts Heart Centre/University College London/Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and 1 year at the Hospital Haut Leveque, Bordeaux.

My primary interest is in the mechanisms of ventricular tachycardia initiation and propagation. I use novel high density contact mapping techniques and imaging with MRI and CT to investigate activation patterns of arrhythmias and link these to the presence of scar and wall thinning in patients with cardiomyopathy. The aim of my research is to design more effective and targeted strategies for patients undergoing ventricular ablation procedures.

Other ongoing areas of research are in the use of multi-polar catheters and novel algorithms to map atrial fibrillation, and in the use of 3-D printed models to improve outcome in left atrial appendage closure procedures.


ventricular tachycardia ; atrial fibrillation ; ablation ; left artrial appendage closure ; cardiac electrophysiology

Key Publications


Summary of Research

  1. (2013) Awards: British Cardiovascular Society Young Research Workers Prize. Circulation: European Perspectives in Cardiology Circulation. 128:f13-f18

Book chapters

  1. Martin CA and Lambiase PD (2018). Atrial fibrillation and progressive cardiac conduction disease. In: Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics for Clinicians.  Eds. Kumar D; Elliott, P. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-66114-8_15

Original research articles

  1. Wolf M, Sacher F, Cochet H., Kitamura T, Takigawa M, Yamashita S, Vlachos K, Cheniti G, Frontera A, Martin R, Thompson N, Massouille G, Lam A, Martin CA, Collot F, Duchateau J, Pambrun T, Denis A, Derval N, Hocini M, Haissaguerre M, Jaïs P. (2018) Long-term Outcome of Substrate Modification in Ablation of Post-Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Tachycardia. Circ AE. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2018 Feb;11(2):e005635. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.117.005635.
  2. Kitamura T, Martin R, Denis A, Takigawa M, Duparc A, Rollin A, Frontera A, Thompson N, Massouille G, Cheniti G, Wolf M, Vlachos K, Martin CA, Al Jefairi N, Klotz N, Duchateau J, Pambrun T, Cochet H, Sacher F, Hocini M, Haissaguerre M, Maury P, Jaïs P, Derval N. (2018) Characteristics of single loop macroreentrant biatrial tachycardia diagnosed by ultra-high resolution mapping system. Circ AE. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2018 Feb;11(2):e005558. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.117.005558.
  3. Takigawa M, Derval N, Frontera A, Martin R, Yamashita S, Cheniti G, Vlachos K, Thompson N, Kitamura T, Wolf M, Massoullie G, Martin C, Al-Jefairi N, Amraoui S, Duchateau J, Klotz N, Pambrun T, Denis A, Sacher F, Cochet H, Hocini M, Haissaguerre M, Jais P. Re-visiting anatomical macroreentrant tachycardia after atrial fibrillation ablation using ultra-high-resolution mapping: implications for ablation. Heart Rhythm. 2017 Oct 25. pii: S1547-5271(17)31243-2. doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.10.029. 
  4. Denis ASacher FDerval NMartin RLim HSPambrun TMassoullie GDuchateau JCochet HPillois XCheniti GFrontera ATakigawa MVlachos KMartin C, Kitamura THocini MDouard HJaïs PHaïssaguerre M. Arrhythmogenic response to isoproterenol testing vs. exercise testing in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy patients. Europace. 2018 Feb 1. doi: 10.1093/europace/euy007.

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