Peter van der Meer


Professor Peter van der Meer received both his MD and PhD cum laude from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is trained as a cardiologist with a focus on heart failure and cardiac devices. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School with prof. Ken Chien to further train his skills in cardiac stem cell biology.

The group of Prof. Van der Meer consists of PhD students, technicians and post-docs with various backgrounds (biologists, medical doctors, and biomedical-engineers) working on translational research topics to bridge the gap between bench and bedside. His group focuses on understanding the susceptibility to develop heart failure and exploring novel treatment targets and therapies. He is a member of several steering committees of large morbidity and mortality trials investigating the impact of new and old drugs in patients with heart failure, including digoxin and iron.

We are always happy to discuss positions and vacancies with highly motivated and ambitious (bio)medical students with a strong affiliation with topics related to heart failure, in vitro disease modeling, clinical studies, statistics, and/or epidemiology. We often host visiting scientist from abroad.

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Current activities

Prof. Van der Meer is a member of the ESC council of cardio-oncology, member of the working group on translational cardiology and peripartum cardiomyopathy of the ESC and associate editor of the European Journal of Heart Failure. He is currently medical director of the coronary care unit of the University Medical Center Groningen.

“A better understanding of why patients develop heart failure will eventually lead to a targeted approach and precision medicine.”

My projects


Digoxin Evaluation in Chronic heart failure: Investigational Study In Outpatients in the Netherlands: DECISION

Transthyretin amyloidosis cardiomyopathy


Stem cell models to unravel the susceptibility and resilience to develop heart failure

PLN cardiomyopathy

Investigating and treating phospholamban cardiomyopathy

Selenium and Heart Failure

Translational research focusing on synergy between lifestyle interventions and treating HF.


Harnessing the power of ketones


Facilitate personalized therapies in patients with heart failure


Secreted factors in cardiac remodeling provoke tumorigenesis and end organ damage in heart failure

My publications

High selenium levels associate with reduced risk of mortality and new-onset heart failure: data from PREVEND

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The phospholamban p.(Arg14del) pathogenic variant leads to cardiomyopathy with heart failure and is unreponsive to standard heart failure therapy

Tim R Eijgenraam, Bastiaan J Boukens, Cornelis J Boogerd, Marloes Schouten, Cees W A van de Kolk, Nienke M Stege, Wouter P Te Rijdt, Edgar T Hoorntje, Paul A van der Zwaag, Eva van Rooij, J Peter van Tintelen, Maarten P van den Berg, Peter van der Meer, Jolanda van der Velden, Herman H W Silljé, Rudolf A de Boer. Sci Rep. 2020

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Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, atrial fibrillation, and the role of senile amyloidosis.

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and AF are very common diseases that also often occur in combination, further aggravating each other. Senile amyloidosis, either due to TTR (ATTRwt) or ANP (IAA) appears to play an important role in both diseases and in their interaction. In terms of diagnostics, bone scintigraphy has become available and affords an easy and reliable way to establish the presence of cardiac ATTRwt. Moreover, pharmacological options are now available or under development to treat ATTRwt and possibly also IAA, thereby potentially stopping, or even reversing, the downhill course of some patients with HFpEF and AF.

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Sex-specific associations of obesity and N-Terminal Pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide levels in the general population

Navin Suthahar, Wouter C Meijers, Jennifer E Ho, Ron T Gansevoort, Adriaan A Voors, Peter van der Meer, Stephan J L Bakker, Stephane Heymans, Vanessa van Empel, Blanche Schroen, Pim van der Harst, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, and Rudolf A de Boer. Eur J Heart Fail. 2018.

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Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: A Position Statement From the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology Study Group on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Johann Bauersachs, Tobias König Peter van der Meer Mark C. Petrie Denise Hilfiker‐Kleiner Amam Mbakwem Righab Hamdan Alice M. Jackson Paul Forsyth Rudolf A. de Boer Christian Mueller Alexander R. Lyon Lars H. Lund Massimo F. Piepoli Stephane Heymans Ovidiu Chioncel Stefan D. Anker Piotr Ponikowski Petar M. Seferovic Mark R. Johnson Alexandre Mebazaa Karen Sliwa. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019.

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