Prof Anne Visser-Meily is head of Research Centre of Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht; this is a collaboration between Brain Center Rudolf Magnus and De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation. The research focuses on 4 neurological diagnosis: Stroke, ALS, Spinal Cord Injury and Cerebral Palsy and 3 themes: physical activity, cognition, 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 caregivers of stroke patients and in neuropsychological stroke rehabilitation shown by about 110 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 is 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 Dutch stroke patient organization (Hersenletsel.nl) and writer of a column in their Magazine
She is editorial board member of the Dutch Journal of Rehabilitation medicine