Professor Annie S Anderson

Professor of Public Health Nutrition


Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening
Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research
Division of Cancer Research
Level 7, Mailbox 7
Ninewells Medical School, Dundee
Dundee DD1 9SY

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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.


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 1990 I have attained 68 grants, (35 of which has been  as principal investigator). Funding sources have included MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, CRUK, WCRF, Scottish Government, Department of Health England and the UK Food Standards Agency.

Current Research

  1. Anderson AS, Belch JJF  The impact of a brief versus multiple contact lifestyle intervention on initiation and maintenance of lifestyle change, body weight and cardio-vascular risk factors in participants who have undertaken cardio-vascular risk screening.  PhD studentship part funded by The Institute for Cardiovascular Research (TICR). (01/10/2010-30/09/2015)
  2. Wrieden WL, Chambers S, Barton KL, Anderson AS.  Diet and excess mortality in Glasgow and Scotland: Exploring differences in diet and nutrition. NHS Health Scotland. Sept 2014 to March 2015 
  3. 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)
  4. Eadie D, Stead M, Chambers S, Moore L, Anderson AS, Ford A.  Process evaluation of the implementation of Universal Free School Meals (FSM) for P1 to P3 (2014/15 RE013). NHS Health Scotland 18/12/14 – 31/01/16 
  5. 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
  6. 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 
  7. 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-  29/2/16 NIHR  
  8. Anderson AS, Steele RJC Mowatt C Lifestyle in patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer 1/10/14 – 30/09/16 Surgical Endowment Funds 
  9. Anderson AS, Berg J, Dunlop J, Steele RJC, Vinnicombe S, LivingWell – LivingWell- a feasibility study to assess the impact of a lifestyle intervention in people attending family history clinics with an increased risk of colorectal or breast cancer 1/5/15 to 30/10/16 Chief Scientist Office 
  10. Moug S, Mutrie N, Anderson AS, Steele RJC, Barry S, Mackay G  A  pilot study of the feasibility and patient-related outcomes of performing a walking intervention in patients undergoing treatment for rectal cancer 1/02/14 to 31/05 2016  Chief Scientist Office


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)


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.


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

  • 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)
  • 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 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 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).