About us

Our Foundation has been established to eliminate the life-threatening PLN heart disease p.Arg14del. This genetic disorder causes heart diseases (cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias…) whereby the pump function of the heart muscle is significantly defective. PLN gene carriers are burdened with serious heart failure problems which may lead to a heart transplant, ventricular assist devices or even sudden premature death.

Scientific PLN research

Our Foundation is continually involved in scientific research projects. We have expanded our network in the past years with an (inter)national joint venture of innovative Dutch and worldwide Research Centers. Thanks to you and your donations, our Foundation is able to focus even better at research on diagnostics, treatment and healing of heart muscle diseases caused by a Phospholamban gene mutation (PLN).

We are advised by:

Professor Dr. Roger Hajjar

Professor Stephan Lehnart | Universitätsmedizin Göttingen · Department of Cardiology and Pneumology | M.D. Dr.med.

Professor Menko-Jan de Boer MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, Cardiologist

Beau Meijer, general practitioner

Luuk Kerckhaert, student Medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center

(all non-paid scientific advisors to the PLN Foundation)

Together with you, our PLN Foundation has the following objectives:

Financing of research projects on the treatment and healing of PLN heart diseases, such as cardiomyopathies, but also arrhythmias, heart transplant and donorship.

Finding and informing people with PLN mutation.

Performing all other health care actions related or beneficial to the above in the broadest sense of the terms.

PLN Foundation. Foundation of patients for patients.

Our Foundation has been established by volunteers or people suffering from PLN, family members and their loved ones, and tries to inform PLN gene carriers as much as possible about the latest developments and PLN studies. We also can establish contact between fellow PLN sufferers in order to share their own experiences and dilemmas… because we all are family and supporting each other is important in this disease process!

Below an overview of all our PLN related Foundation activities:

Unfortunately, the corona virus is still around us. Because we do not want to take any risks with PLN carriers, family members and speakers, we have decided to postpone this annual event. We will keep you updated.

 This does not mean that you are deprived of information until then. In the meantime we want to organise small meetings in the Netherlands and of course, we will update news on our website and social media.

This ‘Alternative Monster Tour’, along 11 Frisian cities, is cycled to raise money for research into the hereditary heart muscle disease PLN.

On Saturday September 11, 2021, doctors, cardiologists, scientists, practitioners and others involved will cycle the PLN Elfstedentocht.

The original Elfstedentocht is a typical Dutch historic and heritage event. It is s a long-distance tour skating event on natural ice, almost 200 kilometres long. It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, leading past all eleven historical cities of the province. The tour is held when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimetres thick. The last tour was held in 1997. When the ice is not thick enough, you can also cycle this tour as 33 cardiologist and doctors did last september for the PLN Foundation. (see here). There has probably been a Dutch ancestor from this province of Friesland, approximately 700 years ago, who was suffering from the PLN gene mutation and all patients today are his/her descendants.

Read more here.

The mutation was discovered in the Netherlands in 2010 and probably originated spontaneously between 1200 and 1400, in someone in the southeast of the province Friesland. All carriers of the mutation in the Netherlands descend from this one Frisian ancestor and we are looking for our ancestor. Do you want to share your family tree with us? Please get in touch!

You can find us at social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. Do you have social media accounts? Follow us and stay tuned for the latest news. On YouTube you can find videos from the PLN Foundation.

We regularly keep you informed about all PLN related matters and ongoing or upcoming Foundation activities. Do you wish to receive this news & features directly into your mailbox? Please subscribe to our mailing list. At any time, you can unsubscribe for our digital news (Opt-Out Privacy Policy) if you no longer wish to receive our newsletters.

An ethical matter or a small survey on your own experience in specific situations… take the poll! Please participate in our online polls because your opinion is important. Have a look on our website and Social Media for more information… and make your voice heard!

You can read the experiences and personal stories of other PLN patients on our website and Social Media. Do you want to help other PLN family members by sharing your own story? Please contact us and send us a short article about it. Your publication will be published on our website and will also be shared on Social Media. You can also tell your story anonymously if you wish; we have full respect for your privacy.

Administration Dutch PLN Foundation

Pieter Glijnis | Chairman

Evert de Boer | Secretary

Gerlof de Vries | Treasurer

Eric Kok  | General Boardmember

Jan van der Zouw  |  General Boardmember

Dr. Yolande Appelman | General Boardmember

Administration USA PLN Foundation

Pieter Glijnis | Chairman

Dr. L. Dean Jansen

Dr. Mark Mercola

Dr. Litsa Kranias

Dr. Stefan Jovinge

Remuneration Policy

Our Foundation Board members are neither receiving remuneration, nor indemnities for their services.


P.O. Box 66

1775 ZH Middenmeer

The Netherlands


KvK nummer: 55839002

Bank account number: IBAN NL 95 FVLB 0225 788 020 on behalf of Stichting Genetische Hartspierziekte PLN.

RSIN/fiscaal nummer: 8518 79 950

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