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Mienke Rijsdijk

Assistant Professor - medical

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Mienke Rijsdijk serves as an anesthesiologist-pain specialist and heads the Pain Clinic at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. She integrates her clinical practice with translational and interdisciplinary research focused on various aspects of pain. Currently, her research explores sensory alterations and immunological changes associated with the chronification of pain within a psychosocial context across different patient cohorts. Employing advanced diagnostics, her team evaluates biological aspects such as neuroinflammation by assessing inflammatory markers and sensory profiles. Acknowledging the significance of psychological factors in patients' social contexts, they strive to identify novel clinical phenotypes within chronic pain populations. Subsequently, their objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of existing pain treatments within these specific chronic pain subgroups. Collaborating closely with Niels Eijkelkamp's group, their clinical pain center fosters a multidisciplinary approach. In 2020, they expanded their research team to include professionals from diverse fields, including psychology, behavioral science, neuroscience, engineering, and linguistics, spanning across the University of Utrecht, Wageningen University, and TU Eindhoven.

Research groups

Chronification of pain - Clinical Research

Research aim

Our group aims to integrate fundamental research and clinical pain studies with a focus on neuroinflammation to design strategies preventing and reversing the transition from acute to chronic pain in patients.
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Chronification of pain - Neuroimmunology of pain

Research aim

Our research groups integrate fundamental research and clinical pain studies to understand the neurobiology of chronic pain. We focus on the interactions between the immune system and the nervous system to defeat chronic pain.
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Recent publications

Multidisciplinary strategies to treat painful mononeuropathies in the upper extremity M. Rijsdijk, S. Tuffaha, J. H. Coert
Journal of Hand Surgery: European Volume, 2024, vol. 49, p.792-801
Cohort profile of PLUTO Nikki de Mul, Diede Verlaan, Jelle P Ruurda, Wilhelmina M U van Grevenstein, Jeroen Hagendoorn, Gert-Jan de Borst, Menno R Vriens, Remco de Bree, Ronald P Zweemer, Charles Vogely, Jelle L G Haitsma Mulier, Lisette M Vernooij, Johannes B Reitsma, Marcel R de Zoete, Janetta Top, Jan A J Kluijtmans, Imo E Hoefer, Peter Noordzij, Thijs Rettig, Marije Marsman, Anne Marie G A de Smet, Lennie Derde, Judith van Waes, Mienke Rijsdijk, Willem Jan M Schellekens, Marc J M Bonten, Arjen J C Slooter, Olaf L Cremer
BMJ Open, 2023, vol. 13
Prolonged Opioid Use and Pain Outcome and Associated Factors after Surgery under General Anesthesia Kai Kuck, Bhiken I. Naik, Karen B. Domino, Karen L. Posner, Leif Saager, Ami R. Stuart, Ken B. Johnson, Salome B. Alpert, Marcel E. Durieux, Anik K. Sinha, Chad M. Brummett, Michael F. Aziz, Kenneth C. Cummings, John G. Gaudet, Andrea Kurz, Mienke Rijsdijk, Jonathan P. Wanderer, Nathan L. Pace, Mitchell F. Berman, Beatriz Raposo Corradini, Shawn L. Mincer, Sydney E. Rose, Wilton A. Van Klei, David A. Edwards, Olivia O.A. Lamers, Michelle T. Vaughn,
Anesthesiology, 2023, vol. 138, p.462-476
Development and validation of a multivariable prediction model for early prediction of chronic postsurgical pain in adults Marjelle E C van Driel, Jacqueline F M van Dijk, Sara J Baart, Winfried Meissner, Frank J P M Huygen, Mienke Rijsdijk
British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2022, vol. 129, p.407-415
Status quo of pain-related patient-reported outcomes and perioperative pain management in 10,415 patients from 10 countries Ruth Zaslansky, Philipp Baumbach, Marcus Komann, Winfried Meissner, Claudia Weinmann, Weidong Mi, Yanhong Liu, Yulong Ma, Yi Feng, Bailin Jiang, Dong Liang Mu, Rongtian Kang, Hongwei Wang, Tao Luo, Xiangdong Chen, Dong Yan, Qin Liao, Juan Yao, Li Li, Guiying Yang, Rianne van Boekel, Monique Steegers, Mienke Rijsdijk, Jacqueline van Dijk, Sjaak Rekker, Kees Olthof, Maurice J.M.M. Giezeman, Nick J. Koning, Myra Rinia, Juanita M. Cheuk-Alam, Leon Timmerman, Ana Lilia Garduño-López, Victor Manuel Acosta Nava, Lisette Castro Garcés, Dulce María Rascón-Martínez, Luis Felipe Cuellar-Guzmán, Maria Esther Flores-Villanueva, Elizabeth Villegas-Sotelo, Orlando Carrillo-Torres, Hugo Vilchis-Sámano, Mariana Calderón-Vidal, Gabriela Islas-Lagunas, Dusica Stamenkovic, Suzana Bojic, Jasna Gacic, Aleksandra Jukic, Emilija Dubljanin Raspopovic, Ivan Palibrk, Mauricio Polanco-García, Frank J.M. Huygen, , , , , , , , , , ,
European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 2022, vol. 26, p.2120-2140
Development and validation of a multivariable prediction model for the early prediction of chronic postsurgical pain. Response to Br J Anaesth 2022; 129 Marjelle van Driel, Frank Huygen, Mienke Rijsdijk
British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2022, vol. 130, p.e190-e191