Laura Meems


Laura Meems graduated from the University of Groningen in 2013 and obtained her PhD in 2015. Directly after she went abroad to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the cardiorenal research laboratory of prof. dr. Burnett jr at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota, USA). In 2017 she returned to Groningen and started her training in Cardiology, while she also kept working at the Experimental Cardiology as postdoctoral research fellow.

Her research has a highly translational character, with a special focus on heart failure. During her PhD she has studied the role of vitamin D biology in heart failure, and in Mayo Clinic she has been involved in drug-development in experimental heart failure.

She was recently awarded with a Mandema Stipend that enables her to continue her research during her clinical training as cardiologist. With the Mandema Stipend she wants to focus on sex-differences in heart failure biology in order to improve heart failure prevention, management and therapy. She is part of the CVON SHE-PREDICTS-HF, Young @ Heart and Dutch representative of Heart Failure Cardiologist of Tomorrow from the European Society of Cardiology.

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My projects


Harnessing the power of ketones


Predicting new-onset heart failure in women

My publications

The Cardioprotective Effects of Semaglutide Exceed Those of Dietary Weight Loss in Mice With HFpEF

Withaar C, Meems LMG, Nollet EE, Schouten EM, Schroeder MA, Knudsen LB, Niss K, Madsen CT, Hoegl A, Mazzoni G, van der Velden J, Lam CSP, Silljé HHW, de Boer RA. The Cardioprotective Effects of Semaglutide Exceed Those of Dietary Weight Loss in Mice with HFpEF. JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2023 Jul 26;8(10):1298-1314. doi: 10.1016/j.jacbts.2023.05.012. PMID: 38094687; PMCID: PMC10714176.

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Sex-related differences in contemporary biomarkers for heart failure: a review.

Suthahar N, Meems LMG, Ho JE, de Boer RA. Eur J Heart Fail. 2020.

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High-sensitivity Troponin-T and Cardiovascular Outcomes in the Community: Differences between Women and Men.

Suthahar N, Meems LMG, van Veldhuisen DJ, Walter JE, Gansevoort RT, Heymans S, Schroen B, van der Harst P, Kootstra-Ros JE, van Empel V, Mueller C, Bakker SJL, de Boer RA. Mayo Clin Proc. 2020.

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Low levels of vitamin D are associated with multimorbidity: results from the LifeLines Cohort Study.

Meems LM, de Borst MH, Postma DS, Vonk JM, Kremer HP, Schuttelaar ML, Rosmalen JG, Weersma RK, Wolffenbuttel BH, Scholtens S, Stolk RP, Kema IP, Navis G, Khan MA, van der Harst P, de Boer RA. Ann Med. 2015

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Parental vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is associated with increased blood pressure in offspring via Panx1 hypermethylation.

Meems LM, Mahmud H, Buikema H, Tost J, Michel S, Takens J, Verkaik-Schakel RN, Vreeswijk-Baudoin I, Mateo-Leach IV, van der Harst P, Plösch T, de Boer RA. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016

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