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 (251)

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

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

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 29 Mar 2023, In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 38 , p. 545-557 13 p.

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.

Effect of physical exercise on the hippocampus and global grey matter volume in breast cancer patients:A randomized controlled trial (PAM study)

Koevoets E W, Geerlings M I, Monninkhof E M, Mandl R, Witlox L, van der Wall E, Stuiver M M, Sonke G S, Velthuis M J, Jobsen J J, van der Palen J, Bos M E M M, Göker E, Menke-Pluijmers M B E, Sommeijer D W, May A M, de Ruiter M B, Schagen S B, 14 Dec 2022, In: NeuroImage. Clinical. 37 , p. 1-12

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.

Lifestyle Factors and Development and Natural Course of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors:A Review of the Literature

Bogaards Marit, May Anne M, Hassan Faduma A, Valk Gerlof D, van Leeuwaarde Rachel S 26 Oct 2022, In: Neuroendocrinology. 113 , p. 381-394 14 p.

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