Paola van der Meijden

Assistant Professor

Initially trained in Biological Health Sciences at Maastricht University, Dr Paola van der Meijden has obtained a PhD in Biochemistry on the interaction mechanisms of platelets and coagulation; focus on P2Y12receptor and factor XII.

In 2010, she acquired a unique bridging position, encapsulated within the Maastricht Thrombosis Expertise Center (TEC), aiming to link basic research on thrombosis and hemostasis with clinical research and applications. In 2014, she received the ISTH-EHA Fellowship to gain new insights into the determinants of bleeding in patients with thrombocytopenia due to hematological malignancies and chemotherapy. The focus of her current work is on the interactions between platelets and coagulation in acquired hemostatic dysfunction as a consequence of disease and treatment. She has a special interest in the negative and positive priming of platelets and the functional specialisation of platelet populations. Overall, knowledge on the factors contributing to hemostasis and thrombosis enables the development of predictive and diagnostic tests, resulting in improved disease management.

Department of Biochemistry
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room: 4.322
T: +31(0)43 388 16 84

  • 2020
    • Veninga, A., De Simone, I., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Ten Cate, H., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2020). Clonal hematopoietic mutations linked to platelet traits and the risk of thrombosis or bleeding. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 105(8), 2020-2031. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2019.235994
    • Brouns, S. L. N., van Geffen, J. P., Campello, E., Swieringa, F., Spiezia, L., van Oerle, R., Provenzale, I., Verdoold, R., Farndale, R. W., Clemetson, K. J., Spronk, H. M. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Cavill, R., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Castoldi, E., Simioni, P., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2020). Platelet-primed interactions of coagulation and anticoagulation pathways in flow-dependent thrombus formation. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 11910. [11910]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68438-9
    • Brouns, S. L. N., Provenzale, I., van Geffen, J. P., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2020). Localized endothelial-based control of platelet aggregation and coagulation under flow: A proof-of-principle vessel-on-a-chip study. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 18(4), 931-941. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.14719
    • Panova-Noeva, M., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & ten Cate, H. (2020). Clinical Applications, Pitfalls, and Uncertainties of Thrombin Generation in the Presence of Platelets. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(1), [92]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010092
  • 2019
    • Provenzale, I., Brouns, S. L. N., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Swieringa, F., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2019). Whole Blood Based Multiparameter Assessment of Thrombus Formation in Standard Microfluidic Devices to Proxy In Vivo Haemostasis and Thrombosis. Micromachines, 10(11), [787]. https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10110787
    • Olie, R. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Spronk, H. M. H., van Oerle, R., Barvik, S., Bonarjee, V. V. S., Ten Cate, H., & Nilsen, D. W. T. (2019). Effects of the PAR-1 Antagonist Vorapaxar on Platelet Activation and Coagulation Biomarkers in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease. TH open : companion journal to thrombosis and haemostasis, 3(3), e259-e262. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-1695710
    • Jooss, N. J., De Simone, I., Provenzale, I., Fernández, D. I., Brouns, S. L. N., Farndale, R. W., Henskens, Y. M. C., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Ten Cate, H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Cavill, R., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2019). Role of Platelet Glycoprotein VI and Tyrosine Kinase Syk in Thrombus Formation on Collagen-Like Surfaces. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(11), [2788]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20112788
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2019). Platelet biology and functions: new concepts and clinical perspectives. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 16(3), 166-179. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41569-018-0110-0
  • 2018
    • Vries, M. J., van der Meijden, P. E., Kuiper, G. J., Nelemans, P. J., Wetzels, R. J., van Oerle, R. G., Lance, M. D., ten Cate, H., & Henskens, Y. M. (2018). Preoperative screening for bleeding disorders: A comprehensive laboratory assessment of clinical practice. Research and practice in thrombosis and haemostasis, 2(4), 767-777. https://doi.org/10.1002/rth2.12114
    • Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Swieringa, F., Misztal, T., Mastenbroek, T. G., Feijge, M. A. H., Bock, P. E., Donners, M. M. P. C., Collins, P. W., Li, R., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2018). Platelet heterogeneity in activation-induced glycoprotein shedding: functional effects. Blood advances, 2(18), 2320-2331. https://doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2017011544
    • Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Moenen, F. C. J. I., Henskens, Y. M. C., Swieringa, F., Wetzels, R. J. H., van Oerle, R., Heijnen, H. F. G., ten Cate, H., Holloway, G. P., Beckers, E. A. M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2018). Impaired mitochondrial activity explains platelet dysfunction in thrombocytopenic cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 103(9), 1557-1567. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2017.185165
    • Swieringa, F., Spronk, H. M. H., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2018). Integrating platelet and coagulation activation in fibrin clot formation. Research and practice in thrombosis and haemostasis, 2(3), 450-460. https://doi.org/10.1002/rth2.12107
    • Olie, R. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & ten Cate, H. (2018). The coagulation system in atherothrombosis: Implications for new therapeutic strategies. Research and practice in thrombosis and haemostasis, 2(2), 188-198. https://doi.org/10.1002/rth2.12080
    • Spronk, H. M. H., Padro, T., Siland, J. E., Prochaska, J. H., Winters, J., van der Wal, A. C., Posthuma, J. J., Lowe, G., d'Alessandro, E., Wenzel, P., Coenen, D. M., Reitsma, P. H., Ruf, W., van Gorp, R. H., Koenen, R. R., Vajen, T., Alshaikh, N. A., Wolberg, A. S., Macrae, F. L., ... ten Cate, H. (2018). Atherothrombosis and Thromboembolism: Position Paper from the Second Maastricht Consensus Conference on Thrombosis. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 118(2), 229-250. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH17-07-0492
  • 2017
    • Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., ten Cate, H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2017). Platelet populations and priming in hematological diseases. Blood Reviews, 31(6), 389-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.blre.2017.07.004
    • Vries, M. J. A., Bouman, H. J., Olie, R. H., Veenstra, L. F., Zwaveling, S., Verhezen, P. W. M., ten Cate-Hoek, A. J., ten Cate, H., Henskens, Y. M. C., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2017). Determinants of agreement between proposed therapeutic windows of platelet function tests in vulnerable patients. European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, 3(1), 11-17. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjcvp/pvw026
  • 2016
    • Zentai, C., Solomon, C., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Spronk, H. M. H., Schnabel, J., Rossaint, R., & Grottke, O. (2016). Effects of Fibrinogen Concentrate on Thrombin Generation, Thromboelastometry Parameters, and Laboratory Coagulation Testing in a 24-Hour Porcine Trauma Model. Clinical and Applied Thrombosis-Hemostasis, 22(8), 749-759. https://doi.org/10.1177/1076029615584662
    • Zentai, C., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Braunschweig, T., Hueck, N., Honickel, M., Spronk, H. M. H., Rossaint, R., & Grottke, O. (2016). Hemostatic Therapy Using Tranexamic Acid and Coagulation Factor Concentrates in a Model of Traumatic Liver Injury. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 123(1), 38-48. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000001379
    • Mattheij, N. J. A., Swieringa, F., Mastenbroek, T. G., Berny-Lang, M. A., May, F., Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Henskens, Y. M. C., Beckers, E. A. M., Suylen, D. P. L., Nolte, M. W., Hackeng, T. M., McCarty, O. J. T., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2016). Coated platelets function in platelet-dependent fibrin formation via integrin alpha(IIb)beta(3) and transglutaminase factor XIII. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 101(4), 427-436. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2015.131441
    • Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Moenen, F. C. J. I., Henskens, Y. M. C., Swieringa, F., Wetzels, R., van Oerle, R., ten Cate, H., Beckers, E. A. M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2016). Multiple functional defects in platelets from thrombocytopenic cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Thrombosis Research, 140S1, S171-S171. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0049-3848(16)30125-6
    • Swieringa, F., Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Verdoold, R., Mastenbroek, T. G., Rijnveld, N., van der Laan, K. O., Breel, E. J., Collins, P. W., Lance, M. D., Henskens, Y. M. C., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2016). Platelet Control of Fibrin Distribution and Microelasticity in Thrombus Formation Under Flow. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 36(4), 692-699. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.306537
    • Vries, M. J. A., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Henskens, Y. M. C., Ten Cate - Hoek, A., & ten Cate, H. (2016). Assessment of bleeding risk in patients with coronary artery disease on dual antiplatelet therapy A systematic review. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 115(1), 7-24. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH15-04-0355
  • 2015
    • Mastenbroek, T. G., Feijge, M. A. H., Kremers, R. M. W., van den Bosch, M. T. J., Swieringa, F., De Groef, L., Moons, L., Bennett, C., Ghevaert, C., Johnson, J. L., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2015). Platelet-Associated Matrix Metalloproteinases Regulate Thrombus Formation and Exert Local Collagenolytic Activity. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 35(12), 2554-2561. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.306153
    • Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Veenstra, L. F., Wetzels, R., van Geffen, J. P., Swieringa, F., de Witt, S. M., Henskens, Y. M. C., Crijns, H., Nylander, S., van Giezen, J. J. J., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2015). Gradual increase in thrombogenicity of juvenile platelets formed upon offset of prasugrel medication. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 100(9), 1131-1138. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2014.122457
    • Hoek - ten Cate, A. J., ten Cate, H., Henskens, Y., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Spronk, H. M. H., & Wittens, C. (2015). Maastricht Consensus Conference on Thrombosis (MCCT): A roadmap for future research, February 11-13, 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Thrombosis Research, 136, S1-S2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2015.07.033
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., Ozaki, Y., Ruf, W., de Laat, B., Mutch, N., Diamond, S., Nieuwland, R., Peters, T. C., Heestermans, M., Kremers, R. M. W., Moorlag, M., Boender, J., Unlu, B., & Reitsma, P. H. (2015). Theme 1: Pathogenesis of venous thromboembolism (and post-thrombotic syndrome). Thrombosis Research, 136, S3-S7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2015.07.034
    • Swieringa, F., Lance, M. D., Fuchs, B., Feijge, M. A. H., Solecka, B. A., Verheijen, L. P. J., Hughes, K. R., Van Oerle, R., Deckmyn, H., Kannicht, C., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2015). Desmopressin treatment improves platelet function under flow in patients with postoperative bleeding. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 13(8), 1503-1513. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.13007
    • Swieringa, F., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Lamers, M. M. E., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2015). Rate-limiting roles of the tenase complex of factors VIII and IX in platelet procoagulant activity and formation of platelet-fibrin thrombi under flow. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 100(6), 748-756. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2014.116863
    • Posthuma, J. J., van der Meijden, P. E. J., ten Cate, H., & Spronk, H. M. H. (2015). Short- and Long-term exercise induced alterations in haemostasis: a review of the literature. Blood Reviews, 29(3), 171-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.blre.2014.10.005
    • Whyte, C. S., Swieringa, F., Mastenbroek, T. G., Lionikiene, A. S., Lance, M. D., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Mutch, N. J. (2015). Plasminogen associates with phosphatidylserine-exposing platelets and contributes to thrombus lysis under flow. Blood, 125(16), 2568-2578. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2014-09-599480
  • 2014
    • Kuijpers, M. J. E., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Feijge, M. A. H., Mattheij, N. J. A., May, F., Govers-Riemslag, J., Meijers, J. C. M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Renne, T., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2014). Factor XII Regulates the Pathological Process of Thrombus Formation on Ruptured Plaques. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 34(8), 1674-+. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.114.303315
    • Posthuma, J. J., Loeffen, R., van Oerle, R., Henskens, Y. M. C., ten Cate, H., Spronk, H. M. H., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2014). Long-term strenuous exercise induces a hypercoagulable state through contact activation. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 111(6), 1197-1199. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH13-11-0963
    • Spronk, H. M. H., ten Cate, H., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2014). Differential roles of Tissue Factor and Phosphatidylserine in activation of coagulation. Thrombosis Research, 133, S54-S56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2014.03.022
    • Ninivaggi, M., Feijge, M. A. H., Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Kuiper, G. J. A. J. M., Marcus, M. A. E., ten Cate, H., Lance, M. D., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2014). Additive roles of platelets and fibrinogen in whole-blood fibrin clot formation upon dilution as assessed by thromboelastometry. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 111(3), 447-457. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH13-06-0493
    • Swieringa, F., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2014). Targeting platelet receptor function in thrombus formation: The risk of bleeding. Blood Reviews, 28(1), 9-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.blre.2013.12.001
  • 2013
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., Bouman, A. C., Feijge, M. A. H., van Oerle, R., Spronk, H. M. H., Hamulyak, K., ten Cate-Hoek, A. J., ten Cate, H., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2013). Platelet Dysfunction in Thrombosis Patients Treated with Vitamin K Antagonists and Recurrent Bleeding. PLOS ONE, 8(5). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064112
  • 2012
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., Feijge, M. A. H., Swieringa, F., Gilio, K., Nergiz-Unal, R., Hamulyak, K., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2012). Key role of integrin alpha(IIb)beta(3) signaling to Syk kinase in tissue factor-induced thrombin generation. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 69(20), 3481-3492. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-012-1033-2
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., van Schilfgaarde, M., van Oerle, R., Renne, T., ten Cate, H., & Spronk, H. M. H. (2012). Platelet- and erythrocyte-derived microparticles trigger thrombin generation via factor XIIa. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 10(7), 1355-1362. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1538-7836.2012.04758.x
  • 2010
    • Gilio, K., van Kruchten, R., Braun, A., Berna-Erro, A., Feijge, M. A. H., Stegner, D., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Varga-Szabo, D., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Nieswandt, B. (2010). Roles of Platelet STIM1 and Orai1 in Glycoprotein VI- and Thrombin-dependent Procoagulant Activity and Thrombus Formation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(31), 23629-23638. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M110.108696
    • Nergiz-Unal, R., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Feijge, M. A. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Storey, R. F., van Giezen, J. J. J., Egbrink, M. G. A. O., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2010). Stabilizing Role of Platelet P2Y(12) Receptors in Shear-Dependent Thrombus Formation on Ruptured Plaques. PLOS ONE, 5(4), 13. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0010130
  • 2008
    • Vanschoonbeek, K., Wouters, K., van der Meijden, P. E., van Gorp, P. J. J., Feijge, M. A., Herfs, M., Schurgers, L. J., Hofker, M. H., de Maat, M. P., & Heemskerk, J. W. (2008). Anticoagulant effect of dietary fish oil in hyperlipidemia: a study of hepatic gene expression in APOE2 knock-in mice.Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 28(11), 2023-2029. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.107.156992
  • 2005
    • van der Meijden, P. E. J., Feijge, M. A. H., Giesen, P. L. A., Huijberts, M. S. P., van Raak, L. P., & Heemskerk, J. W. (2005). Platelet P2Y12 receptors enhance signalling towards procoagulant activity and thrombin generation. A study with healthy subjects and patients at thrombotic risk. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 93(6), 1128-1136. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH04-09-0597