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 (242)

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

Optimal Timing of a Physical Exercise Intervention to Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness:During or After Chemotherapy

van der Schoot Gabriela G F, Ormel Harm L, Westerink Nico-Derk L, May Anne M, Elias Sjoerd G, Hummel Yoran M, Lefrandt Joop D, van der Meer Peter, van Melle Joost P, Poppema Boelo J, Stel Joyce M A, van der Velden Annette W G, Vrieling Aline H, Wempe Johan B, Ten Wolde Marcel G, Nijland Marcel, de Vries Elisabeth G E, Gietema Jourik A, Walenkamp Annemiek M E Nov 2022, In: J AM Coll Cardiol CardioOnc. 4 , p. 491-503 13 p.

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.

External Validation of the Colon Life Nomogram for Predicting 12-Week Mortality in Dutch Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients Treated with Trifluridine/Tipiracil in Daily Practice

Hamers Patricia A.H., Wensink G. Emerens, van Smeden Maarten, Vink Geraldine R., Smabers Lidwien P., Lunenberg Renee A., Laclé Miangela M., Koopman Miriam, May Anne M., Roodhart Jeanine M.L. 18 Oct 2022, In: Cancers. 14

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

Exercise, Diet, and Weight Management During Cancer Treatment:ASCO Guideline

Ligibel Jennifer A, Bohlke Kari, May Anne M, Clinton Steven K, Demark-Wahnefried Wendy, Gilchrist Susan C, Irwin Melinda L, Late Michele, Mansfield Sami, Marshall Timothy F, Meyerhardt Jeffrey A, Thomson Cynthia A, Wood William A, Alfano Catherine M 1 Aug 2022, In: Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 40 , p. 2491-2507 17 p.

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

Pre-diagnostic C-reactive protein concentrations, CRP genetic variation and mortality among individuals with colorectal cancer in Western European populations

Nimptsch Katharina, Aleksandrova Krasimira, Fedirko Veronika, Jenab Mazda, Gunter Marc J, Siersema Peter D, Wu Kana, Katzke Verena, Kaaks Rudolf, Panico Salvatore, Palli Domenico, May Anne M, Sieri Sabina, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, Standahl Karina, Sánchez Maria-Jose, Perez-Cornago Aurora, Olsen Anja, Tjønneland Anne, Bonet Catalina Bonet, Dahm Christina C, Chirlaque María-Dolores, Fiano Valentina, Tumino Rosario, Gurrea Aurelio Barricarte, Boutron-Ruault Marie-Christine, Menegaux Florence, Severi Gianluca, van Guelpen Bethany, Lee Young-Ae, Pischon Tobias 24 Jun 2022, In: BMC Cancer. 22

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

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