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

Research Programs

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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 (364)

Disentangling the Association Between Neurologic Deficits, Patient-Reported Impairments, and Quality of Life After Ischemic Stroke

van der Ende Nadinda A M, den Hartog Sanne J, Broderick Joseph P, Khatri Pooja, Visser-Meily Johanna, van Leeuwen Nikki, Lingsma Hester F, Roozenbeek Bob, Dippel Diederik W J, 4 Jan 2023, In: Neurology. 100 , p. E1321-E1328

Evaluation of the nation-wide implementation of ALS home monitoring & coaching:an e-health innovation for personalized care for patients with motor neuron disease

Dontje M L, Kruitwagen-van Reenen E, van Wijk E, Baars E, Visser-Meily J M A, Beelen A, 22 Nov 2022, In: BMC Health Services Research. 22 , p. 1-16

Estimating the Burden of Stroke:Two-Year Societal Costs and Generic Health-Related Quality of Life of the Restore4Stroke Cohort

van Mastrigt Ghislaine, van Heugten Caroline, Visser-Meily Anne, Bremmers Leonarda, Evers Silvia 1 Sep 2022, In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 19 , p. 1-15

Device-based and subjective measurements of sleep in children with cerebral palsy:a comparison of sleep diary, actigraphy, and bed sensor data

van Rijssen Ilse Margot, Hulst Raquel Yvette, Gorter Jan Willem, Gerritsen Anke, Visser-Meily Johanna Maria Augusta, Dudink Jeroen, Voorman Jeanine M, Pillen Sigrid, Verschuren Olaf 17 Aug 2022, In: Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 19 , p. 35-43 9 p.

Patient perspectives on digital healthcare technology in care and clinical trials for motor neuron disease:an international survey

Helleman Jochem, Johnson Barbara, Holdom Cory, Hobson Esther, Murray Deirdre, Steyn Frederik J, Ngo Shyuan T, Henders Anjali, Lokeshappa Madhura B, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, van den Berg Leonard H, Hardiman Orla, Beelen Anita, McDermott Chris, van Eijk Ruben P A 18 Jul 2022, In: Journal of Neurology. 269 , p. 6003-6013 11 p.

Quality of Life Outcomes Over Time in Patients With Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms With and Without Preventive Occlusion:A Prospective Cohort Study

Algra Annemijn M, Greving Jacoba P, Wermer Marieke J H, van Walderveen Marianne A A, van der Schaaf Irene C, van der Zwan Albert, Visser-Meily Johanna, Rinkel Gabriël J E, Vergouwen Mervyn D I 5 Jul 2022, In: Neurology. 99 , p. E1715-E1724

Fatigue is Associated with Reduced Participation and Health-Related Quality of Life Five Years After Perimesencephalic Subarachnoid Haemorrhage:A Multicentre Cross-Sectional Study

De Vries Elisabeth A., Boerboom Wendy, Van den Berg-Emons Rita J.G., Van Kooten Fop, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Ribbers Gerard M., Heijenbrok-Kal Majanka H. 11 May 2022, In: Journal of rehabilitation medicine. 54 , p. 1-8

Feasibility and user-experience of virtual reality in neuropsychological assessment following stroke

Spreij Lauriane A., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Sibbel Jacqueline, Gosselt Isabel K., Nijboer Tanja C.W. May 2022, In: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 32 , p. 499-519 21 p.

The influence of psychological factors and mood on the course of participation up to four years after stroke

de Graaf J. A., Schepers V. P.M., Nijsse B., van Heugten C. M., Post M. W.M., Visser-Meily J. M.A. May 2022, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 44 , p. 1855-1862 8 p.

Parental and child adjustment to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis:transformations, struggles and needs

Sommers-Spijkerman Marion, Rave Neele, Kruitwagen-van Reenen Esther, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Kavanaugh Melinda S., Beelen Anita 17 Mar 2022, In: BMC psychology. 10 , p. 1-15

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