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

Full Professor

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Cancer

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



Research Programs


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 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

    • Vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of KiKa (“Stichting Kinderkanker vrij”,
    • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw): KPHAG (Kennisprogramma Huisartsgeneeskunde) programm committee
    • 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 "Physical activity guidelines" of the Health Council of the Netherlands

Fellowship and Awards

    • 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 (182)

Lower risk of severe checkpoint inhibitor toxicity in more advanced disease

Verheijden Rik J, May Anne M, Blank Christian U, van der Veldt Astrid A M, Boers-Sonderen Marye J, Aarts Maureen J B, van den Berkmortel Franchette W P J, van den Eertwegh Alfonsus J M, de Groot Jan Willem B, van der Hoeven Jacobus J M, Hospers Geke A P, Piersma Djura, van Rijn Rozemarijn S, Ten Tije Albert J, Vreugdenhil Gerard, van Zeijl Michiel C T, Wouters Michel W J M, Haanen John B A G, Kapiteijn Ellen, Suijkerbuijk Karijn P M nov 2020, In: ESMO open. 5 , p. e000945

Comparing Conventional Chemotherapy to Chronomodulated Chemotherapy for Cancer Treatment:Protocol for a Systematic Review

Kilgallen Aoife B, Štibler Urška, Printezi Markella I, Putker Marrit, Punt Cornelis J A, Sluijter Joost P G, May Anne M, van Laake Linda W 21 okt 2020, In: JMIR Research Protocols. 9 , p. e18023

European practice patterns and barriers to smoking cessation after a cancer diagnosis in the setting of curative versus palliative cancer treatment

Derksen Jeroen W G, Warren Graham W, Jordan Karin, Rauh Stefan, Vera García Ruth, O'Mahony Deirdre, Ahmed Samreen, Vuylsteke Peter, Radulovic Sinisa, Tsoukalas Nikolaos, Wysocki Piotr J, Borner Markus, Cesas Alvydas, Elme Anneli, Minn Heikki, Ullenhag Gustav J, Roodhart Jeanine M L, Koopman Miriam, May Anne M 29 aug 2020, In: European Journal of Cancer. 138 , p. 99-108 10 p.

The trials within cohorts design facilitated efficient patient enrollment and generalizability in oncology setting

Couwenberg Alice M, Burbach Johannes P M, May Anne, Berbee Maaike, Intven Martijn P W, Verkooijen Helena M 1 apr 2020, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 120 , p. 33-39 7 p.

Preferences to receive unsolicited findings of germline genome sequencing in a large population of patients with cancer

Bijlsma Rhode, Wouters Roel, Wessels Hester, Sleijfer Stefan, Beerepoot Laurens, Ten Bokkel Huinink Daan, Cruijsen Hester, Heijns Joan, Lolkema Martijn P, Steeghs Neeltje, van Voorthuizen Theo, Vulink Annelie, Witteveen Els, Ausems Margreet, Bredenoord Annelien, May Anne M, Voest Emile apr 2020, In: ESMO open. 5 9 p.

Consumption of Fish and Long-chain n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Is Associated With Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in a Large European Cohort

Aglago Elom K., Huybrechts Inge, Murphy Neil, Casagrande Corinne, Nicolas Genevieve, Pischon Tobias, Fedirko Veronika, Severi Gianluca, Boutron-Ruault Marie Christine, Fournier Agnès, Katzke Verena, Kühn Tilman, Olsen Anja, Tjønneland Anne, Dahm Christina C., Overvad Kim, Lasheras Cristina, Agudo Antonio, Sánchez Maria Jose, Amiano Pilar, Huerta José Maria, Ardanaz Eva, Perez-Cornago Aurora, Trichopoulou Antonia, Karakatsani Anna, Martimianaki Georgia, Palli Domenico, Pala Valeria, Tumino Rosario, Naccarati Alessio, Panico Salvatore, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, May Anne, Derksen Jeroen W.G., Hellstrand Sophie, Ohlsson Bodil, Wennberg Maria, Van Guelpen Bethany, Skeie Guri, Brustad Magritt, Weiderpass Elisabete, Cross Amanda J., Ward Heather, Riboli Elio, Norat Teresa, Chajes Veronique, Gunter Marc J. mrt 2020, In: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 18 , p. 654-666.e6

Physical activity and risks of breast and colorectal cancer:a Mendelian randomisation analysis

Papadimitriou Nikos et al. 30 jan 2020, In: Nature Communications. 11 10 p.

Association of anti-TNF with decreased survival in steroid refractory ipilimumab and anti-PD1 treated patients in the Dutch Melanoma Treatment Registry

Verheijden Rik J, May Anne M, Blank Christian U, Aarts Maureen J B, van den Berkmortel Franchette W P J, van den Eertwegh Alfonsus J M, de Groot Jan Willem B, Boers-Sonderen Marye J, van der Hoeven Jacobus J M, Hospers Geke A, Piersma Djura, van Rijn Rozemarijn S, Ten Tije Albert, van der Veldt Astrid Am, Vreugdenhil Gerard, van Zeijl Michiel C T, Wouters Michel W J M, Haanen John B A G, Kapiteijn Ellen, Suijkerbuijk Karijn Pm 27 jan 2020, In: Clinical Cancer Research. 26 , p. 2268-2274 7 p.

Loss of skeletal muscle index and survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer:Secondary analysis of the phase 3 CAIRO3 trial

Kurk Sophie A, Peeters Petra H M, Dorresteijn Bram, de Jong Pim A, Jourdan Marion, Creemers Geert-Jan M, Erdkamp Frans L G, de Jongh Felix E, Kint Peter A M, Poppema Boelo J, Radema Sandra A, Simkens Lieke H J, Tanis Bea C, Tjin-A-Ton Manuel L R, Van Der Velden Ankie, Punt Cornelis J A, Koopman Miriam, May Anne M 18 dec 2019, In: Cancer Medicine. 9 , p. 1033-1043 11 p.

All Research Output (182)