Marieke van Meel

Marieke van Meel

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Marieke van Meel is a mother of three children. Her eldest child suffers from a rare disease called the nephrotic syndrome.  From 2001 until 2010, she was a volunteer in and Chair of the Dutch Board for Nephrotic  Syndrome of The Dutch Kidney Patient Organization.  Among others, she worked as:

  • Patient representative in the Dutch WINS, Working-group of the Dutch Academic Hospitals for Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome.
  • Co-writer in the report for the Dutch Kidney Foundation “Restructurization of Dutch Health Care for Children with a Nephrotic Syndrome”
  • Team member in the development of a European Registry for Children with a complicated Nephrotic Syndrome

In  January 2006, she started the development of a multinational alliance for Nephrotic Syndrome which in January 2010 lead to the founding of NephcEurope Foundation. This is an international patient-consortium consisting of independent national patient-organizations from various European countries that work together for the improvement of health-care for patients and for further intensification of research for Nephrotic Syndrome. NephcEurope Foundation works closely together with ESPN-WINS, the international working- group of Pediatric Nephrologists in the field of Nephrotic Syndrome and is a contributing member in the projects EurenOmics and RD Connect. NephcEurope is a member of EURORDIS, the alliance of European rare disease patient organisations.

Marieke van Meel is a member of the Rare Disease Patient and Ethics Council (RD-PEC) and Patient Advisory Council (PAC).