Annie Anderson

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Professor of Public Health Nutrition


Professor Annie S Anderson BSc RD PhD FRCP is a Public Health Nutritionist and dietitian. After two years clinical practice she has largely pursued a research career in Public Health Nutrition at the Universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen, Glasgow and the MRC Medical Sociology Unit. Her training spans biological aspects of nutrition as well as behavioural, social and cultural dimensions. In 1996 she was appointed to a professorial position in the University of Dundee and is currently Director of The Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research and Co-director of The Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening. Her main research interests focus on designing, implementing and evaluating theory based, behaviourally focused lifestyle (population and individual) interventions aimed at chronic disease risk reduction with a special interest in lifestyle related cancer (see also


My main interests lie in understanding factors that influence the promotion of lifestyle change (principally diet and obesity) and the impact of theory based, behaviourally focused dietary and obesity interventions (policy, practice and individual) in relation to disease risk reduction. Since 1994 I have attained 86 grants, (41 of which has been as principal investigator). Funding sources have included MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, CRUK, WCRF, Scottish Government, Department of Health England, the UK Food Standards Agency and NIHR.

Current Research

Anderson AS, Treweek S, Mutrie N, Craigie A, O’Carroll R, Stead M, Macaskill EJ, Neilson A, McAdam C, Sataar N. A randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of a lifestyle intervention (ActWell) in women attending NHS breast screening clinics. Scottish Government 1/1/17 to 30/12/19

Sinclair J, Copson E, McCann M, Barker M, Kaner E, Baird J, Anderson AS. Exploring the Teachable Moment for Alcohol Reduction in Breast Clinics: Formative Work to Inform Intervention Design, Development, Process Evaluation. MRC 01/11/16 to 30/04/18

Anderson AS. A pragmatic evaluation of the delivery and acceptability of the NHS Tayside weight management service during and after pregnancy. NHS Tayside 1/5/16 to 28/2/17

Stead M, Anderson AS, Eadie D, Sparks L, MacGregor A. Adams J. Healthy Retail Standard Evaluation NHS Health Scotland Public Health Sciences 31/3/16 to 26/2/18

Mckinley M, Young I, Woodside J, Holmes V, Cardwell C, Anderson AS, McIntosh E, Hoddinut P, Dombrowski S Free C A woman-centred, tailored SMS-delivered multi-component intervention for weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in the postpartum period: intervention adaptation and pilot RCT 1/1/16 – 31/8/18 NIHR

Steele RJC, Anderson AS, Fraser C, Mowat C, Strachan J. Stratifying Risk of Colorectal Disease in Order to Direct the Use of Colonoscopy in Symptomatic Patients. 01/07/15 – 30/06/17 Chief Scientist Office

Gray C, Hunt K, Wyke S, Mutrie N, Bunn C, Maclean A, McGowan C Anderson AS. Long term weight loss trajectories in participants in a randomised controlled trial of a weight management and healthy lifestyle programme for men delivered through professional football clubs: the Football Fans in Training follow up 1/1/15- 29/6 /16 NIHR

Anderson AS Steele RJC Mowatt C Lifestyle in patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer 1/10/14 – 30/09/16 Surgical Endowment Funds

Anderson AS Steele RJC Wells M, Campbell A, O’Carrol R, Munro AM, Rodgers J, Stead M Chief Scientist Office. TreatWELL – a feasibility study to assess the delivery of a lifestyle intervention for colorectal cancer patients undergoing potentially curative treatment. 1/12/13 to 30/06/15

Wyke S, Gray C, Hunt K, McConnachie A, Gill J, Sattar N, Chalmers M, Treweek S, Mutrie N, Anderson AS. European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): Social Innovation to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviour through elite European Football Clubs. EU FP6. (01/11/2013 – 30/10/2018)

Anderson AS, Steele RJC, Berg J, Reis M, Dunlop J, Stead M, O’Carroll R. Dundee Cancer Development Fund. Reducing lifestyle associated cancer risk in people attending family history clinics (01/07/2013 – 30/08/2014)

Wrieden WL, Anderson AS, Barton KL, Craigie AM, Armstrong J, Sherriff A. Estimation of food and nutrients intakes in Scotland using data from the Living Costs and Food Survey. Food Standards Agency Scotland. (1/11/09 to 30/9/17)

Anderson AS, Dobson H, Mutrie N, O’Carroll R, Thompson A, Trweek S, Wyke S, Donnan P, Kirk A Working together to support active living and well being (ActWell) in the health promoting health service - feasibility trial to reduce breast cancer risk factors. Chief Scientist Office (1/12/12 – 31/04/14)

Wyke S, Hunt K (co-PIs), Gray C, Anderson A, Mutrie N, Treweek S, Donnan P, White A, Fenwick E, Leishman J, MacPhee S. Football Fans in Training (FFIT): a randomized controlled trial of a gender-sensitive weight loss and healthy living programme delivered to men aged 35-65 by Scottish Premier League football clubs. NIHR Public Health Research Programme: (01/06/2011 - 31/12/2013)

Anderson AS, Steele RJC, Belch JJf, Daly F, Kirk A, Ludbrook A, Rodger J, Stead M, Thompson J, Trewick S, Wardle J The impact of a Body weight and Physical Activity weight loss intervention (BeWEL)initiated through a national colorectal cancer screening programme MRC (1/01/10 to 31/12/12)

Obesity and lifestyle interventions in colorectal cancer survivors – how well are clinicians prepared? Anderson AS, Wells M, Steele RJC. CRUK, (01/10/08 to 30/09/09)

Wyke S, Hunt K, Anderson AS Response to being informed of weight status and body fat composition. Understandings, reactions and motivation to achieve a healthy weight. CRUK, (01/09/08 to 30/08/09)

Group members

  • Dr. Angela M Craigie
  • Dr. Maureen A Macleod
  • Dr. Stephen Caswell
  • Mrs. Jill Hampton
  • Ms. Catherine M Savage
  • Miss Katie Lindsay

Lectures and conferences

In recent years, I have given a number of prestigious national and international lectures including invited plenary/significant presentations at:

  • Plenary, Australian Nutrition Society, Melbourne (2016)
  • DEDIPAC Symposium Bonn, Germany (2016)
  • Association of Coloproctology of GB and Ireland, Edinburgh (2016)
  • European Cancer Leagues, European Code Against Cancer, Brussels (2016)
  • European Conference on breast cancer, Amsterdam (2016)
  • NCRI National Cancer Conference, Liverpool (2015)
  • European Cancer Congress, Vienna (2015)
  • Irish Cancer Society, Dublin (2015)
  • BAPEN (Scotland), Stirling (2015)
  • Joint meeting of College of Surgeons of Australia and Edinburgh, Perth Australia (2015)
  • Lancet organised Public Health Science symposium, European Public Health conference, Glasgow (2014)
  • World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia (2014)
  • European Congress on Cancer Nursing Istanbul, Turkey (2014)
  • International Surgical Conference, Oman (2013)
  • Qulturum, Jönköping, Sweden (2012)
  • 7th Annual NCRI Cancer Conference, Liverpool (2011)
  • International Society of Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity in Melbourne (2011)
  • European Gastro-Enterology Foundation, Barcelona (2010)
  • College of Surgeons of Hong Kong (2010)
  • UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Southampton
  • UNESCO, Paris (2009)
  • Legga Italiana Per La Lotta contro I Tumori (Italian Cancer League), Rome
  • WCRF Report launch Conference (London, 2007)
  • The Instituto Nacional de Salud Pùblica, Centro de Investigaciones en Nutriciòn y Salud, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2007)
  • The UICC World Cancer Congress in Washington (2006)
  • Dietitians Conference of Australia (Perth, Western Australia 2005)

Invited academic seminars (UK) include University of Cambridge (2013), Queens University Belfast (2012), University of St Andrews (2012), University of Bristol (2011), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2010).


Current and Recent Advisory positions: Policy (ministerial appointments)

  • Member 2015 – current Health Promoting Health Service (on behalf of SCPN) Scottish Government
  • Member 2001-2011 Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, SACN (advisory committee for all UK CMO’s)
  • Member 2003 – Current SACN Subgroup on Child and Maternal Nutrition
  • Workstream Lead on Health and sustainability for Scottish Government National Food and Drink policy (2008-2011)

Advisory positions: Research /Advisory

  • Member 2015- current Scottish Government – Review of Infant feeding survey
  • Member 2014 – current NICE Healthy Start Expert Reference Group
  • Member 2014 – current Scottish Public Health Obesity Special Interest Group (SPHOSIG)
  • Member 2013-2104 European Code Against Cancer update IARC (Lyon)
  • Chair 2012-( Deputy Chair, 2010 -2011, Member, 2004-2011) MRC Scientific Committee of National Prevention Research Initiative
  • Member, 2013 Scottish Government Maternal Nutrition Intervention Working Group
  • Chair, 2012 Population Health services research Committee – Research Awards HRB (Ireland)
  • Member 2012- Chief Scientist Office Health services Research and Population Health Committee
  • Expert advisor, 2010- 2011 Food Research Committee (REERAD, Scottish Government),
  • Expert advisor, 2009, Food Standards Agency (UK) Research review panel
  • Co-opted member, 2010 NICE Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee
  • Member, 2006-2008 Programme Guidance Development Group NICE Maternal and Child Nutrition

Current and Recent Advisory positions: Voluntary sector

  • Director, Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, 2009 – present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Scottish Cancer Foundation, 2006 – present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Bowel Cancer UK, 2006 - present
  • Member, Scottish Advisory Panel, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, 2011 - present
  • Observer (On behalf of UICC), WCRF/AICR Review Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the prevention of Cancer, 2005-2009

Awards and Markers of Esteem

My contribution to the public health nutrition community was recognised in 2003 when I was awarded The Caroline Walker Trust Award for Public Health Nutrition.

In 2007 I was awarded a Healthway Fellowship in Perth WA (Visiting Professor at Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control) to explore obesity prevention research and practice.

In 2013 (with Professor Bob Steele) I was awarded the Ian Stevenson Award for Excellence with Public Engagement with Research for my work on The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network.

In 2013 I was elected as a Fellow Royal college of Physicians FRCP (Edinburgh).

I have refereed grants applications from a range of research funding agencies including the MRC, ESRC and BBSRC, CRUK and Health Services Research Committee (Hong Kong), Anti-Cancer Council (Victoria, Australia) and Danish Council for Strategic Research, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, World Cancer Research Fund, NHMRC (Australia) and HRB (Ireland).


I am the BDA representative on the Academy of Medical Sciences Inter-Collegiate group on Nutrition(ICGN) working on designing and delivering nutrition teaching to medical undergraduates and in post graduate training. Within the Ninewells Medical school I assist in the delivery of a number of SSC’s and undergraduate teaching in GI system, Public Health and Reproductive Health. I also supervise ACT funded staff to match University of Dundee MBChB curriculum with the ICGN curriculum.


Selected Recent publications (2014 -) please see DISCOVERY profile for full list

  • Anderson AS, Craigie A, Caswell S, Treweek S, Stead M, Macleod M, Daly F, Belch J, Rodger J, Kirk A, Ludbrook A, Rauchhaus P, Norwood P, Thompson J, Wardle J, Steele RJC (2014) The impact of a body weight and Physical Activity weight loss intervention (BeWEL) initiated through a national colorectal cancer screening programme. BMJ;348:g1823
  • Hunt K, Wyke S, Gray CM, Anderson AS, Brady A, Bunn C, Donnan PT, Fenwick E, Grieve E, Leishman J, Miller MA, Mutrie N, Rauchhaus P, White A, Treweek S (2014) Football Fans in Training (FFIT): a pragmatic randomized controlled trial and cost effectiveness analysis of a gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme delivered to overweight and obese men aged 35-65 by Scottish Premier League (SPL) football clubs. Lancet. 2014;383(9924): 1211-21
  • Jancey J, Monteiro S, Dhaliwal S, Howat P, Burns S, Hills A, Anderson AS (2014). Dietary outcomes of a community based intervention for mothers of young children: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2014) Sep 23;11(1):120.
  • Howell A, Anderson AS, Clarke RB, Duffy SW, Evans DG, Garcia-Closas M, Gescher AJ, Key TJ, Saxton JM, Harvie (2014) Risk determination and prevention of breast cancer Breast Cancer Research 16(5):446
  • Anderson AS, Macleod M, Mutrie N, Sugden J, Dobson H, Treweek S, O'Carroll RE Thompson A, Kirk A, Brennan G and Wyke S (2014) Breast cancer risk reduction - is it feasible to initiate a randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention programme (ActWell) within a national breast screening programme? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 17;11(1):156
  • Barton KL, Wrieden WL, Sherrif A, Armstrong J, Anderson AS (2014) Energy density of the Scottish Diet estimated from food purchase data: relationship with socio-economic position and dietary targets. Br J Nutr, Jul;112(1):80-8
  • Andrews E.J Symon A Anderson AS (2014) ‘I didn’t know why you had to wait’: an evaluation of NHS infant-feeding workshops amongst women living in areas of high deprivation J Hum Nutr and Diet 2014 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12269
  • Holt AM, Jancey J, Lee AH, Kerr DA, Hills AP, Anderson AS, Howat PA.(2014) A cluster randomised controlled trial on a nutrition and physical activity intervention in retirement villages : study protocol BMJ Open. 2014 ;4(9):e005107. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005107.
  • Mackison D, Mooney J, Macleod M, Anderson AS (2014). Lessons learnt from a feasibility study on price incentivised healthy eating promotions in workplace catering establishments.Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Nov 25. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12283
  • Wrieden WL, Armstrong J, Anderson AS, Sherrif A, Barton KL. (2014) Choosing the best method to estimate the energy density of a population using food purchase data. J Hum Nutr Diet, Mar 4. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12227 (Epub ahead of print)
  • Steele RJ, Anderson AS, Macleod M, Craigie AM, Caswell S, Belch J, Treweek S; The BeWEL team (2015) Colorectal adenomas and diabetes : implications for disease prevention Colorectal Dis. 2015 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/codi.12895
  • Chambers SA, Freeman R, Anderson AS, MacGillivray S (2015) Reducing the volume, exposure and negative impacts of advertising for foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children: A systematic review of the evidence from statutory and self-regulatory actions and educational measures. Prev Med Feb 28 doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.02.011 (Epub ahead of print)
  • Anderson AS, Key TJ, Norat T, et al (2015). European Code against Cancer 4th Edition: Obesity, Body Fatness and Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol. 2015 Dec;39 Suppl 1:S34-45
  • Scoccianti C, Cecchini M, Anderson AS et al (2015). European Code against Cancer 4th Edition: Alcohol, Drinking and Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol. Dec;39 Suppl 1:S67-74
  • Scoccianti C, Key TJ, Anderson AS et al (2015). European Code against Cancer 4th Edition: Breastfeeding and Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Dec;39 Suppl 1:S101-6
  • Norat T, Scoccianti C, Boutron-Ruault M-C, Anderson AS et al (2015). European Code against Cancer 4th Edition: Diet and Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Dec;39 Suppl 1:S56-66
  • Leitzman M, Scoccianti C, Key TJ, Anderson AS et al (2015). European Code against Cancer 4th Edition: Physical Activity and Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Dec;39 Suppl 1:S46-55
  • Tunstall –Pedoe H, Woodward M, Hughes M Kennedy M Anderson AS, Belch JJF, Kuulasamaa K (2015). Prime mover or fellow traveller: 25-hydroxy vitamin D’s seasonal variation, cardiovascular disease, and death in the Scottish Heart Health Extended Cohort (SHHEC) Int J Epidemiol Oct;44(5):1602-12
  • Anderson AS, Caswell S, Macleod M, Craigie AM, Stead M and Steele RJC (2015). Awareness of lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk – findings from the BeWEL study. Biomed Res Int Article ID 871613, 5 pages. doi:10.1155/2015/871613
  • Stead M, Craigie AM. Macleod M, McKells J Caswell S Steele RJC Anderson AS (2015) Why are some people more successful at lifestyle change than others? Factors associated with successful weight loss in the BeWEL randomised controlled trial of adults at risk of colorectal cancer Int J Beh Nutr Phys Act 12:87
  • Anderson AS, Caswell S, Macleod M, Steele RJ, Berg J, Dunlop J, Stead M, Eadie D, O'Carroll RE (2016). Health Behaviors and their Relationship with Disease Control in People Attending Genetic Clinics with a Family History of Breast or Colorectal Cancer. J Genet Couns Jun 17. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Blackford K, Jancey J, Lee AH, James AP, Howat P, Hills AP, Anderson AS (2015). A randomised controlled trial of a physical activity and nutrition program targeting middle-aged adults at risk of metabolic syndrome in a disadvantaged rural community. BMC Public Health. Mar 25;15:284.
  • van Nassau F, van der Ploeg HP, Abrahamsen F, Andersen E, Anderson AS, Bosmans JE, Bunn C, Chalmers M, Clissmann C, Gill JM, Gray CM, Hunt K, Jelsma JG, La Guardia JG, Lemyre PN, Loudon DW, Macaulay L, Maxwell DJ, McConnachie A, Martin A, Mourselas N, Mutrie N, Nijhuis-van der Sanden R, O'Brien K, Pereira HV, Philpott M, Roberts GC, Rooksby J, Rost M, Røynesdal Ø, Sattar N, Silva MN, Sorensen M, Teixeira PJ, Treweek S, van Achterberg T, van de Glind I, van Mechelen W, Wyke S.(2016) Study protocol of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): a four country randimised controole dtrial of a lifestyle programme for men delivered in elite football clubs BMC Public Health 15:598
  • Blackford K, Lee A, James AP, Waddell T, Hills AP, Anderson AS, Howat P, Jancey J. (2016) Process evaluation of the Albany Physical Activity and Nutrition (APAN) program, a home-based intervention for metabolic syndrome and associated chronic disease in rural Australian adults. Health Promot J Austr. 2016 Jul 14. doi: 10.1071/HE16027
  • Conway E, Wyke S, Sugden J, Mutrie N Anderson AS and the ActWELL team (2016) Can a lifestyle intervention be offered through NHS breast cancer screening? Challenges and opportunities identified in a qualitative study of women attending screening Actwell - BMC Public Health BMC 2016 Aug 11;16(1):758. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3445-7.
  • Lauby-Secretan, Scoccianti, Loomis D, Grosse Y, Bianchini F, Straif K (2016). Body fatness and Cancer – Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group (Anderson AS, Baker JL, Breda J, Byers T, Cleary MP, Colditz G, Di Cesare M, Gapstur SM., Herbert RA, Hursting SD, Kaaka R, Leitzmann M, Ligibel J, Renehan A, Romieu I, Shimokawa I, Thompson HJ, Ulrich C, Wade K, Weiderpass E). N Engl J Med 375:8 794-8
  • Stead M, MacKintosh AM, Findlay A, Sparks L, Anderson AS, Barton K, Eadie D (2017). Impact of a targeted direct marketing price promotion intervention (Buywell) on food purchasing behavior by low income consumers: a randomized controlled trial. J Hum Nutr Diet Feb 17 doi 10.1111/jhn.12441. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Al Ghafri T, Al Harthi A, Al Farsi Y Craigie AM, Macleod M, Anderson AS (2017) Study Protocol for "MOVEdiabetes": A Trial to Promote Physical Activity for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Health Care in Oman BMC Public Health 17:28 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3990-0
  • Anderson AS, Caswell S, Macleod M, Steele RJC, Berg J, Dunlop J, Stead M, Eadie D, O’Carroll R (2017). Health Behaviours and their Relationship with Disease Control in People Attending Genetic Clinics with a Family History of Breast or Colorectal Cancer. J Genet Counsel 26:40-51
  • Moug SJ, Bryce A, Mutrie N, Anderson AS. Lifestyle interventions are feasible in patients with Colorectal Cancer with potential short- term health benefits: a systematic review. International Journal of Colorectal Disease
  • Luckman Sa, Xiao Cb, McLennan Eb, Anderson ASc, Mutrie Nd, Moug SJ An Investigation into U.K. medical students’ knowledge of lifestyle factors on cancer. Scottish Medical Journal May 2017