prof. dr. A.M. (Anne M.) May

prof. dr. A.M. (Anne M.) May

Full Professor
prof. dr. A.M. (Anne M.) May
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Cancer

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Anne May obtained her Master’s degree in Sciences of Human Movement (with distinction) at the Free University in Amsterdam in 2001. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam in August 2006.
From June 2001 to December 2002 she worked as a (Sport-)Nutrition Scientist at Numico Research BV in Wageningen.
Anne May is involved in research regarding lifestyle, body composition, diet and cancer since 2003. From 2003-2007 she conducted her PhD research on the effects of physical exercise and cognitive-behavioural therapy in cancer patients at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), Julius Center. After completing her PhD, she continued working at the Julius Center. She is currently head of the department of Epidemiology & Global Health and works as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology of Cancer Survivorship. Her research focuses on optimal survivorship care for patients living with cancer with an emphasis on lifestyle interventions – from translational and clinical research to patient care. She is especially interested in effects of exercise in cancer patients, in the mediators of the effect and also in methodological aspects related to exercise-oncology research. For the latter she received a VENI grant from ZonMw (i.e., personal grant for outstanding researchers) entitled 'Novel research design and methodology for evaluating effects of physical exercise in patients with cancer’.

She is the PI of several ongoing (inter)national multi-center exercise-oncology RCTs (PREFERABLE (H2020-funded), PACT, PERFECT, UMBRELLA-FIT and PAM). Moreover, she is the UMCU PI of the SCOPE project (‘Lean body mass and treatment toxicity in patients with colon cancer’). She is also part of the research team of several cancer patient cohorts: PLCRC (colorectal cancer), UMBRELLA (breast cancer) and UNICIT (patients receiving immunotherapy) and is responsible for patient-reported outcomes and assessment of muscle mass. Last, she is involved in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study and was the scientific coordinator of an EC-funded research project investigating the relationship between physical activity, nutrition, alcohol, smoking, eating out of home and obesity (EPIC-PANACEA).

Side Activities

  • Scientific advisor COMPASS Pathways (fees paid to my institution)
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee of KiKa (“Stichting Kinderkanker vrij”/"Children Cancer-free Foundation",
  • Member of the ASCO Guideline Panel "Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Managment During Cancer Treatment"
  • Member of the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) grant panel (
  • Member of the programm committee of The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw): KPHAG (Kennisprogramma Huisartsgeneeskunde) 
  • Attendee of the 2018 International Multidisciplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control convened by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Member committee "2017 Physical activity guidelines" of the Health Council of the Netherlands

Fellowship and Awards

  • Coordinator of the HORIZON EUROPE funded international PREFERABLE-II Project: Personalised Exercise-Oncology for improvement of supportive care: a super umbrella trial to demonstrate (cost)effectiveness of live-remote exercise in cancer survivors
  • Coordinator of the H2020 funded international PREFERABLE Project (Exercise for Fatigue Eradication in Advanced Breast cancer to improve quality of life) -      
  • ZonMw VENI grant “Novel research design and methodology for evaluating effects of physical exercise in patients with cancer” (2014)
  • Selected for the female leadership programme “Steyn Parve” (UMC Utrecht)

Research Output (238)

Dietary Intake of 91 Individual Polyphenols and 5-Year Body Weight Change in the EPIC-PANACEA Cohort

Gil-Lespinard Mercedes, Castañeda Jazmín, Almanza-Aguilera Enrique, Gómez Jesús Humberto, Tjønneland Anne, Kyrø Cecilie, Overvad Kim, Katzke Verena, Schulze Matthias B, Masala Giovanna, Agnoli Claudia, Santucci de Magistris Maria, Tumino Rosario, Sacerdote Carlotta, Skeie Guri, Lasheras Cristina, Molina-Montes Esther, Huerta José María, Barricarte Aurelio, Amiano Pilar, Sonestedt Emily, da Silva Marisa, Johansson Ingegerd, Hultdin Johan, May Anne M, Forouhi Nita G, Heath Alicia K, Freisling Heinz, Weiderpass Elisabete, Scalbert Augustin, Zamora-Ros Raul 8 Dec 2022, In: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland). 11

Association of Immune-Related Adverse Event Management With Survival in Patients With Advanced Melanoma

van Not Olivier J, Verheijden Rik J, van den Eertwegh Alfonsus J M, Haanen John B A G, Aarts Maureen J B, van den Berkmortel Franchette W P J, Blank Christian U, Boers-Sonderen Marye J, de Groot Jan-Willem B, Hospers Geke A P, Kamphuis Anna M, Kapiteijn Ellen, May Anne M, de Meza Melissa M, Piersma Djura, van Rijn Rozemarijn, Stevense-den Boer Marion A, van der Veldt Astrid A M, Vreugdenhil Gerard, Blokx Willeke A M, Wouters Michel J M, Suijkerbuijk Karijn P M 27 Oct 2022, In: JAMA Oncology. 8 , p. 1794-1801 8 p.

In vitro chemotherapy-associated muscle toxicity is attenuated with nutritional support, while treatment efficacy is retained.

Wijler Liza A, Dijk Francina J, Quirindongo Hanil, Raats Danielle A E, Dorresteijn Bram, Furber Matthew J W, May Anne M, Kranenburg Onno, van Dijk Miriam 8 Oct 2022, In: Oncotarget. 13 , p. 1094-1108 15 p.

Feasibility of a supervised and home-based tailored exercise intervention in head and neck cancer patients during chemoradiotherapy

Kok Annemieke, Passchier Ellen, May Anne M, van den Brekel Michiel W M, Jager-Wittenaar Harriët, Veenhof Cindy, de Bree Remco, Stuiver Martijn M, Speksnijder Caroline M 11 Aug 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 31

Design of a multinational randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of structured and individualized exercise in patients with metastatic breast cancer on fatigue and quality of life:the EFFECT study

Hiensch Anouk E, Monninkhof Evelyn M, Schmidt Martina E, Zopf Eva M, Bolam Kate A, Aaronson Neil K, Belloso Jon, Bloch Wilhelm, Clauss Dorothea, Depenbusch Johanna, Lachowicz Milena, Pelaez Mireia, Rundqvist Helene, Senkus Elzbieta, Stuiver Martijn M, Trevaskis Mark, Urruticoechea Ander, Rosenberger Friederike, van der Wall Elsken, de Wit G Ardine, Zimmer Philipp, Wengström Yvonne, Steindorf Karen, May Anne M 29 Jul 2022, In: Trials. 23

Effects of structured involvement of the primary care team versus standard care after a cancer diagnosis on patient satisfaction and healthcare use:the GRIP randomised controlled trial

Perfors I. A.A., Helsper C. W., Noteboom E. A., Visserman E. A., van Dorst E. B.L., van Dalen T., Verhagen M. A.M.T., Witkamp A. J., Koelemij R., Flinterman A. E., Pruissen-Peeters K. A.B.M., Schramel F. M.N.H., van Rens M. T.M., Ernst M. F., Moons L. M.G., van der Wall E., de Wit N. J., May A. M. 4 Jun 2022, In: BMC Primary Care. 23 , p. 1-14

Physical Activity and Cardiac Function in Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors:A Cross-Sectional Study

Naaktgeboren Willeke R, Groen Wim G, Jacobse Judy N, Steggink Lars C, Walenkamp Annemiek M E, van Harten Wim H, Stuiver Martijn M, Aaronson Neil K, Aleman Berthe M P, van der Meer Peter, Schaapveld Michael, Sonke Gabe S, Gietema Jourik A, van Leeuwen Flora E, May Anne M Jun 2022, In: J AM Coll Cardiol CardioOnc. 4 , p. 183-191 9 p.

Effect of physical exercise on cognitive function after chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer:a randomized controlled trial (PAM study)

Koevoets E W, Schagen S B, de Ruiter M B, Geerlings M I, Witlox L, van der Wall E, Stuiver M M, Sonke G S, Velthuis M J, Jobsen J J, Menke-Pluijmers M B E, Göker E, van der Pol C C, Bos M E M M, Tick L W, van Holsteijn N A, van der Palen J, May A M, Monninkhof E M, 26 May 2022, In: Breast Cancer Research. 24

Evaluation of an individual feedback report on patient-reported outcomes in the Prospective Dutch ColoRectal Cancer cohort

Vissers Pauline A J, Vink Geraldine R, Koelink Maaike R, Koopman Miriam, Arts Lindy P J, Oerlemans Simone, May Anne M, van de Poll-Franse Lonneke V, van Erning Felice N 23 May 2022, In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 30 , p. 7303-7312 10 p.

Most patients reported positively or neutrally of having served as controls in the trials within cohorts design

Verweij Maaike E, Gal Roxanne, Burbach J P Maarten, Young-Afat Danny A, van der Velden Joanne M, van der Graaf Rieke, May Anne M, Relton Clare, Intven Martijn P W, Verkooijen Helena M 15 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 148 , p. 39-47 9 p.

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