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

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

Full Professor
prof. dr. A.M. (Anne M.) May
  • Julius Center, dept. Epidemiology & Health Economics
  • 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 (256)

A body shape index (ABSI) is associated inversely with post-menopausal progesterone-receptor-negative breast cancer risk in a large European cohort

Christakoudi Sofia, Tsilidis Konstantinos K, Dossus Laure, Rinaldi Sabina, Weiderpass Elisabete, Antoniussen Christian S, Dahm Christina C, Tjønneland Anne, Mellemkjær Lene, Katzke Verena, Kaaks Rudolf, Schulze Matthias B, Masala Giovanna, Grioni Sara, Panico Salvatore, Tumino Rosario, Sacerdote Carlotta, May Anne M, Monninkhof Evelyn M, Quirós J Ramón, Bonet Catalina, Sánchez Maria-Jose, Amiano Pilar, Chirlaque María-Dolores, Guevara Marcela, Rosendahl Ann H, Stocks Tanja, Perez-Cornago Aurora, Tin Tin Sandar, Heath Alicia K, Aglago Elom K, Peruchet-Noray Laia, Freisling Heinz, Riboli Elio 19 Jun 2023, In: BMC Cancer. 23

Physical exercise volume, type, and intensity and risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events in patients with cardiovascular disease:a mediation analysis

Bonekamp Nadia E, May Anne M, Halle Martin, Dorresteijn Jannick A N, van der Meer Manon G, Ruigrok Ynte M, de Borst Gert J, Geleijnse Johanna M, Visseren Frank L J, Koopal Charlotte 13 Jun 2023, In: European heart journal open. 3

The Trial within Cohorts (TwiCs) study design in oncology:experience and methodological reflections

Kessels Rob, May Anne M, Koopman Miriam, Roes Kit C B 13 May 2023, In: BMC Medical Research Methodology. 23

Immunosuppression for immune-related adverse events during checkpoint inhibition:an intricate balance

Verheijden Rik J, van Eijs Mick J M, May Anne M, van Wijk Femke, Suijkerbuijk Karijn P M 12 May 2023, In: NPJ precision oncology. 7

Perceived facilitators and barriers by esophageal cancer survivors participating in a post-treatment exercise program

van Vulpen Jonna K, Witlox Lenja, Methorst-de Haan Alida C, Hiensch Anouk E, van Hillegersberg Richard, Ruurda Jelle P, Nieuwenhuijzen Grard A P, Kouwenhoven Ewout A, Siersema Peter D, May Anne M 6 May 2023, In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 31 , p. 320

The circadian clock remains intact, but with dampened hormonal output in heart failure

Crnko Sandra, Printezi Markella I., Zwetsloot Peter Paul M., Leiteris Laurynas, Lumley Andrew I., Zhang Lu, Ernens Isabelle, Jansen Tijn P.J., Homsma Lilian, Feyen Dries, van Faassen Martijn, du Pré Bastiaan C., Gaillard Carlo A.J.M., Kemperman Hans, Oerlemans Marish I.F.J., Doevendans Pieter A.F.M., May Anne M., Zuithoff Nicolaas P.A., Sluijter Joost P.G., Devaux Yvan, van Laake Linda W. May 2023, In: EBioMedicine. 91

The association between body fatness and mortality among breast cancer survivors:results from a prospective cohort study

Bonet Catalina, Crous-Bou Marta, Tsilidis Konstantinos K, Gunter Marc J, Kaaks Rudolf, Schulze Matthias B, Fortner Renée T, Antoniussen Christian S, Dahm Christina C, Mellemkjær Lene, Tjønneland Anne, Amiano Pilar, Ardanaz Eva, Colorado-Yohar Sandra M, Rodriguez-Barranco Miguel, Tin Tin Sandar, Agnoli Claudia, Masala Giovanna, Panico Salvatore, Sacerdote Carlotta, May Anne M, Borch Kristin Benjaminsen, Rylander Charlotta, Skeie Guri, Christakoudi Sofia, Aune Dagfinn, Weiderpass Elisabete, Dossus Laure, Riboli Elio, Agudo Antonio May 2023, In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 38 , p. 545-557 13 p.

PERSPECTIVEs on supervised exercise programs in people with metastatic breast cancer- a qualitative study in four European countries

Depenbusch Johanna, Sweegers Maike G, Aaronson Neil K, Wengström Yvonne, Backman Malin, Arraras Juan I, Schranz Melanie, Büchler Britta, Lachowicz Milena, May Anne M, Steindorf Karen, Stuiver Martijn M 19 Apr 2023, In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 31

EffectiveNess of a multimodal preHAbilitation program in patieNts with bladder canCEr undergoing radical cystectomy:protocol of the ENHANCE multicentre randomised controlled trial

Akdemir Emine, Sweegers Maike G., Vrieling Alina, Rundqvist Helene, Meijer Richard P., Leliveld-Kors Annemarie M., Van Der Heijden Antoine G., Rutten Vera C., Koldewijn Evert L., Bos Siebe D., Wijburg Carl J., Marcelissen Tom A.T., Bongers Bart C., Retèl Valesca P., Van Harten Wim H., May Anne M., Groen Wim G., Stuiver Martijn M. 7 Mar 2023, In: BMJ Open. 13

The role of tumour biological factors in technical anatomical resectability assessment of colorectal liver metastases following induction systemic treatment:An analysis of the Dutch CAIRO5 trial

Bolhuis Karen, Bond Marinde J G, Van Amerongen Martin J, Komurcu Aysun, Chapelle Thiery, Dejong Cornelis H C, Engelbrecht Marc R W, Gerhards Michael F, Grünhagen Dirk J, van Gulik Thomas M, Hermans John J, De Jong Koert P, Kazemier Geert, Klaase Joost M, Kok Niels F M, Leclercq Wouter K G, Liem Mike S L, van Lienden Krijn P, Molenaar I Quintus, Neumann Ulf P, Patijn Gijs A, Rijken Arjen M, Ruers Theo M, Verhoef Cornelis, de Wilt Johannes H W, May Anne M, Punt Cornelis J A, Swijnenburg Rutger-Jan, 31 Jan 2023, In: European Journal of Cancer. 183 , p. 49-59 11 p.

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