prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij

prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij

Full Professor
prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij
  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport
  • Revalidatie Medisch Volwassenen

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Prof Anne Visser-Meily is head of Research Centre of Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht; this is a collaboration between Brain Center  and De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation. The research focuses on 4 neurological diagnosis:  Stroke, ALS/SMA , Spinal Cord Injury and Cerebral Palsy and 4 themes: physical activity, cognition, care organisation and (family) empowerment.

Her research questions are very close to the clinical practice and daily life challenges of patients. Despite continuous improvements in medical care, many patients are left with residual physical or cognitive disability after the onset of their neurological condition. Patients and their families need to be able to effectively cope with the condition. Not only to manage persistent physical or cognitive disabilities and prevent secondary health conditions, but also to develop strategies to regain a productive and meaningful life, despite their disabilities.

She is a specialist in the care and research in family empowerment, neuropsychological stroke rehabilitation and neuromsusculair diseases shown by about 300 scientific publications.

Anne Visser-Meily was one of the researchers conducting the a)  large scale Fupro study into long term functioning and its prognostic factors of stroke patients and caregivers ( 2000-2005) and b) the ReStoRe4Stroke study, focusing on psychological determinants of participation of patients and caregiver (2010-2015) and c) Brain4Care study focusing on implementing an intervention aimed at optimizing and facilitation the transition to independent functioning home with emphasis on the patient –caregiver interaction (2015 – 2019).

She was president of the Education group of the Stroke Knowledge Network Netherlands.  She has been president of the Dutch Workgroup on Stroke for many years. She has been part of several committees developing guidelines for stroke patients and caregivers of stroke patients. She  is advisory member of the Brain Injury patient organization ( and writer of a column in their Magazine

She wass editorial board member of the Dutch Journal of Rehabilitation medicine and of Dutch journal of Medicine (NTVG)

Research line

Neurological rehabilitation

Publications : see pubmed




President of the Education group of the Stroke Knowledge Network Netherlands till 2021

President of the Dutch Workgroup on Stroke till 2015

Committee developing Guidelines for stroke patients and caregviers, Nederlandse Verenining van Neurologie, 2015- 

Editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Rehabiliation Medicine till 2018

Editorial board of the Dutcht Journal of Medicine till 2022

Advisory member of the Brain Injury organisation ( and writer of column in Hersenletsel Magazine, 2010 -  

Fellowship and Awards

1: AGIO-trofee Rehabilitation medicine for excellent research as a resident,  1992

2:  Clinical fellowship ZonMw rehabilitation programme, 2003

3:  Van Hoytema Award for promoting research in caregivers,  2005

4:  ZonMw Parel for  ‘Do it your self’  exercise guide for stroke patients, 2011

5:  Livit innovation award for the use of Activity Monitors in stroke rehabilitation, 2013

6. Zilveren balk: award for work for Dutch Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Output (379)

Mental, cognitive and physical outcomes after intensive care unit treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic:a comparison between COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients

van Houwelingen Fedor, van Dellen Edwin, Visser-Meily J. M.Anne, Valkenet Karin, Heijnen Germijn H., Vernooij Lisette M., Kerckhoffs Monika C., Slooter Arjen J.C. 2 Sep 2023, In: Scientific Reports. 13 9 p.

Control in the absence of choice:A qualitative study on decision-making about gastrostomy in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, caregivers, and healthcare professionals

van Eenennaam Remko M, Rave Neele, Kruithof Willeke J, Kruitwagen-van Reenen Esther T, van den Berg Leonard H, Visser-Meily Johanna A, Beelen Anita Sep 2023, In: PLoS ONE. 18 , p. 1-22 22 p.

Multidisciplinary end-of-life care for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis requesting euthanasia

Kruithof Willeke J, Kruitwagen-van Reenen Esther, van Eenennaam Remko M, Ronda Maaike C M, Lamers Marjon J, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Beelen Anita, van den Berg Leonard H 5 Aug 2023, In: Lancet (London, England). 402 , p. 484 1 p.

Continuous Theta-Burst Stimulation of the Contralesional Primary Motor Cortex for Promotion of Upper Limb Recovery After Stroke:A Randomized Controlled Trial

Vink Jord J.T., van Lieshout Eline C.C., Otte Willem M., van Eijk Ruben P.A., Kouwenhoven Mirjam, Neggers Sebastiaan F.W., van der Worp H. Bart, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Dijkhuizen Rick M. 1 Aug 2023, In: Stroke. 54 , p. 1962-1971 10 p.

Patients With and Without COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit:Physical Status Outcome Comparisons 3 Months After Discharge

Cijs Bastiaan, Valkenet Karin, Heijnen Germijn, Visser-Meily J. M.Anne, Van Der Schaaf Marike 1 Jul 2023, In: Physical Therapy. 103 10 p.

Frequency of euthanasia, factors associated with end-of-life practices, and quality of end-of-life care in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the Netherlands:a population-based cohort study

van Eenennaam Remko M, Kruithof Willeke, Beelen Anita, Bakker Leonhard A, van Eijk Ruben P A, Maessen Maud, Baardman Joost F, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Veldink Jan H, van den Berg Leonard H Jul 2023, In: The Lancet. Neurology. 22 , p. 591-601 11 p.

Neurobiological basis and risk factors of persistent fatigue and concentration problems after COVID-19:study protocol for a prospective case-control study (VeCosCO)

Verveen Anouk, Verfaillie Sander C J, Visser Denise, Csorba Irene, Coomans Emma M, Koch Dook W, Appelman Brent, Barkhof Frederik, Boellaard Ronald, de Bree Godelieve, van de Giessen Elsmarieke M, Golla Sandeep, van Heugten Caroline M, Horn Janneke, Hulst Hanneke E, de Jong Menno D, Kuut Tanja A, van der Maaden Tessa, van Os Yvonne M G, Prins Maria, Slooter Arjen J C, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, van Vugt Michele, van den Wijngaard Cees C, Nieuwkerk P T, Knoop H, Tolboom Nelleke, van Berckel Bart N M 30 Jun 2023, In: BMJ Open. 13

Development of a Rasch-Built Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Impairment Multidomain Scale to Measure Disease Progression in ALS

de Jongh Adriaan D, van Eijk Ruben P A, Bakker Leonhard A, Bunte Tommy M, Beelen Anita, van der Meijden Conny, van Es Michael A, Visser-Meily Johanna, Kruitwagen Esther T, Veldink Jan H, van den Berg Leonard H 13 Jun 2023, In: Neurology. 101 , p. E602-E612

Further development in measuring communicative participation:identifying items to extend the applicability of the communicative participation item bank

Ter Wal Nicole, van Ewijk Lizet, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Volkmer Anna, Gerrits Ellen, Terwee Caroline B 26 May 2023, In: Journal of patient-reported outcomes. 7 11 p.

Neurological and (neuro)psychological sequelae in intensive care and general ward COVID-19 survivors

Klinkhammer Simona, Horn Janneke, Duits Annelien A., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Verwijk Esmée, Slooter Arjen J.C., Postma Alida A., van Heugten Caroline M., Aries Marcel J.H., van Bussel Bas C.T., Jansen Jacobus F.A., Janssen Marcus L.F., van Santen Susanne, Magdelijns Fabienne J.H., Posthuma Rein, Linden David E.J., van der Woude Margaretha C.E., Dormans Tom, Otten Amy, Karakus Attila, Bronsveld Inez, Kaasjager Karin A.H., Galenkamp Niek, Geurtsen Gert J., Brouwer Matthijs C., Brinkman Kees, Kylstra Wytske A., Koch Dook W., Beudel Martijn, 3 Apr 2023, In: European Journal of Neurology. 30 , p. 1880-1890 11 p.

All research output

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