Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Renate Winkels, PhD

Renate Winkels, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

Dr. Renate Winkels focuses on how diet and physical activity can work together to optimize benefits for cancer patients, with cancer treatment outcomes, prognosis, quality of life and survival as outcomes. 

  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms
  • Drug Therapy
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Survivors
  • Life Style
  • Cohort Studies
  • Exercise
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Quality of Life
  • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Neoplasms

Recent Publications


De Kruif, JTCM, Visser, M, Van Den Berg, MMGA, Derks, MJM, De Boer, MR, Van Laarhoven, HWM, De Vries, JHM, De Vries, YC, Kampman, E, Winkels, R & Westerman, MJ 2019, 'A longitudinal mixed methods study on changes in body weight, body composition, and lifestyle in breast cancer patients during chemotherapy and in a comparison group of women without cancer: Study protocol', BMC Cancer, vol. 19, no. 1, 7.
Winkels, R, Van Brakel, L, Van Baar, H, Beelman, RB, Van Duijnhoven, FJB, Geijsen, A, Van Halteren, HK, Hansson, BME, Richie, J, Sun, D, Wesselink, E, Van Zutphen, M, Kampman, E & Kok, DE 2019, 'Are Ergothioneine Levels in Blood Associated with Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy in Colorectal Cancer Patients Who Underwent Chemotherapy?', Nutrition and cancer.
Kok, DE, van den Berg, MMGA, Posthuma, L, van ’t Erve, I, van Duijnhoven, FJB, de Roos, WK, Grosfeld, S, Los, M, Sommeijer, DW, van Laarhoven, HWM, Winkels, R & Kampman, E 2019, 'Changes in Circulating Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy' Nutrition and cancer, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 756-766.
van den Berg, MMGA, Kok, DE, Visser, M, de Vries, JHM, de Kruif, JTCM, de Vries, Y, Posthuma, L, Sommeijer, DW, Timmer-Bonte, A, Los, M, van Laarhoven, HWM, Kampman, E & Winkels, R 2019, 'Changes in body composition during and after adjuvant or neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in women with breast cancer stage I–IIIB compared with changes over a similar timeframe in women without cancer', Supportive Care in Cancer.


de Vries, YC, Winkels, R, van den Berg, MMGA, de Graaf, C, Kelfkens, CS, de Kruif, JTCM, Göker, E, Grosfeld, S, Sommeijer, DW, van Laarhoven, HWM, Kampman, E & Boesveldt, S 2018, 'Altered food preferences and chemosensory perception during chemotherapy in breast cancer patients: A longitudinal comparison with healthy controls', Food Quality and Preference, vol. 63, pp. 135-143.
van den Berg, MMGA, Kok, DE, Posthuma, L, Kamps, L, Kelfkens, CS, Buist, N, Geenen, M, Haringhuizen, A, Heijns, JB, van Lieshout, RHMA, Los, M, Sommeijer, DW, Timmer-Bonte, JNH, de Kruif, ATCM, van Laarhoven, HWM, Kampman, E & Winkels, R 2019, 'Body composition is associated with risk of toxicity-induced modifications of treatment in women with stage I–IIIB breast cancer receiving chemotherapy', Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, vol. 173, no. 2, pp. 475-481.
Mathis, KM, Sturgeon, K, Winkels, R, Wiskemann, J, De Souza, MJ & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Bone resorption and bone metastasis risk', Medical Hypotheses, vol. 118, pp. 36-41.
Wesselink, E, Winkels, R, Van Baar, H, Geijsen, AJMR, Van Zutphen, M, Van Halteren, HK, Hansson, BME, Radema, SA, De Wilt, JHW, Kampman, E & Kok, DEG 2018, 'Dietary intake of magnesium or calcium and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in colorectal cancer patients' Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 4, 498.
Mathis, KM, Sturgeon, K, Winkels, R, Wiskemann, J, Williams, N & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Exercise and chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea' Medical Hypotheses, vol. 116, pp. 49-53.
Bluethmann, S, Sciamanna, C, Winkels, R, Sturgeon, K & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Healthy Living After Cancer Treatment: Considerations for Clinical and Community Practice' American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 215-219.
van Baar, H, Beijer, S, Bours, MJL, Weijenberg, MP, van Zutphen, M, van Duijnhoven, FJB, Slooter, GD, Pruijt, JFM, Dronkers, JJ, Haringhuizen, A, Spillenaar Bilgen, EJ, Hansson, BME, de Wilt, JHW, Kampman, E & Winkels, R 2018, 'Low radiographic muscle density is associated with lower overall and disease-free survival in early-stage colorectal cancer patients' Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology.
van Veen, MR, Winkels, R, Janssen, SHM, Kampman, E & Beijer, S 2018, 'Nutritional Information Provision to Cancer Patients and Their Relatives Can Promote Dietary Behavior Changes Independent of Nutritional Information Needs', Nutrition and cancer, vol. 70, no. 3, pp. 483-489.
Bruns, ERJ, Argillander, TE, Van Den Heuvel, B, Buskens, CJ, Van Duijvendijk, P, Winkels, R, Kalf, A, Van Der Zaag, ES, Wassenaar, EB, Bemelman, WA & Van Munster, BC 2018, 'Oral Nutrition as a Form of Pre-Operative Enhancement in Patients Undergoing Surgery for Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review', Surgical Infections, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1-10.
de Kruif, JTCM, Scholtens, MB, van der Rijt, J, de Boer, MR, van den Berg, MMGA, de Vries, YC, Winkels, R, Visser, M, Kampman, E & Westerman, MJ 2019, 'Perceptions of Dutch health care professionals on weight gain during chemotherapy in women with breast cancer', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 601-607.
van Zutphen, M, Geelen, A, Boshuizen, HC, Winkels, R, Geijsen, AJMR, Wesselink, E, Snellen, M, Kok, DE, de Wilt, JHW, van de Meeberg, PC, Kouwenhoven, EA, van Halteren, HK, Spillenaar Bilgen, EJ, Kampman, E & van Duijnhoven, FJB 2019, 'Pre-to-post diagnosis weight trajectories in colorectal cancer patients with non-metastatic disease' Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1541-1549.
de Vries, YC, Boesveldt, S, Kelfkens, CS, Posthuma, EE, van den Berg, MMGA, de Kruif, JTCM, Haringhuizen, A, Sommeijer, DW, Buist, N, Grosfeld, S, de Graaf, C, van Laarhoven, HWM, Kampman, E & Winkels, R 2018, 'Taste and smell perception and quality of life during and after systemic therapy for breast cancer', Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, vol. 170, no. 1, pp. 27-34.
Kok, DE, Winkels, R, van Herpen, CML & Kampman, E 2018, 'Toxicity-induced modification of treatment: what is in a name?', European Journal of Cancer, vol. 104, pp. 145-150.


Jankovic, N, Geelen, A, Winkels, R, Mwungura, B, Fedirko, V, Jenab, M, Illner, AK, Brenner, H, Ordonez-Mena, JM, De Jong, JCK, Franco, OH, Orfanos, P, Trichopoulou, A, Boffetta, P, Agudo, A, Peeters, PH, Tjønneland, A, Hallmans, G, BasBueno-De-Mesquita, H, Park, Y, Feskens, EJ & De Groot, LC 2017, 'Adherence to the WCRF/AICR dietary recommendations for cancer prevention and risk of cancer in elderly from Europe and the United States: A meta-Analysis within the CHANCES Project', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 136-144.
Hoedjes, M, De Kruif, A, Mols, F, Bours, M, Beijer, S, Winkels, R, Westerman, MJ, Seidell, JC & Kampman, E 2017, 'An exploration of needs and preferences for dietary support in colorectal cancer survivors: A mixed-methods study', PloS one, vol. 12, no. 12, e0189178.
van Zutphen, M, Winkels, R, van Duijnhoven, FJB, van Harten-Gerritsen, SA, Kok, DEG, van Duijvendijk, P, van Halteren, HK, Hansson, BME, Kruyt, FM, Bilgen, EJS, de Wilt, JHW, Dronkers, JJ & Kampman, E 2017, 'An increase in physical activity after colorectal cancer surgery is associated with improved recovery of physical functioning: A prospective cohort study', BMC Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1, 74.
de Vries, YC, van den Berg, MMGA, de Vries, JHM, Boesveldt, S, de Kruif, JTCM, Buist, N, Haringhuizen, A, Los, M, Sommeijer, DW, Timmer-Bonte, JHN, van Laarhoven, HWM, Visser, M, Kampman, E & Winkels, R 2017, 'Differences in dietary intake during chemotherapy in breast cancer patients compared to women without cancer', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 2581-2591.
Winkels, R, Van Zutphen, M, Kampman, E, Van Baar, H & Beijer, S 2017, 'Explaining the obesity paradox - Letter', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 26, no. 10.
de Vries, YC, Boesveldt, S, Kampman, E, de Graaf, C, Winkels, R & van Laarhoven, HWM 2019, 'Low reported taste function is associated with low preference for high protein products in advanced oesophagogastric cancer patients undergoing palliative chemotherapy', Clinical Nutrition, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 472-475.
Vissers, PAJ, Martucci, RB, Mols, F, Bours, MJL, Winkels, R, Kampman, E, Weijenberg, MP, van de Poll-Franse, LV & Beijer, S 2017, 'The Impact of Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference on Health-related Quality of Life Among Colorectal Cancer Survivors: Results from the PROFILES Registry', Nutrition and cancer, vol. 69, no. 8, pp. 1177-1184.
Winkels, R, Sturgeon, K, Kallan, MJ, Dean, LT, Zhang, Z, Evangelisti, M, Brown, JC, Sarwer, DB, Troxel, AB, Denlinger, C, Laudermilk, M, Fornash, A, DeMichele, A, Chodosh, LA & Schmitz, K 2017, 'The women in steady exercise research (WISER) survivor trial: The innovative transdisciplinary design of a randomized controlled trial of exercise and weight-loss interventions among breast cancer survivors with lymphedema', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 61, pp. 63-72.
Berg, MMGA, Winkels, R, Kruif, JTCM, Laarhoven, HWM, Visser, M, Vries, JHM, Vries, YC & Kampman, E 2017, 'Weight change during chemotherapy in breast cancer patients: A meta-analysis', BMC Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1, 259.


Winkels, R, van Lee, L, Beijer, S, Bours, MJ, van Duijnhoven, FJB, Geelen, A, Hoedjes, M, Mols, F, de Vries, J, Weijenberg, MP & Kampman, E 2016, 'Adherence to the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research lifestyle recommendations in colorectal cancer survivors: results of the PROFILES registry', Cancer medicine, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 2587-2595.
Bours, MJL, van der Linden, BWA, Winkels, R, van Duijnhoven, FJ, Mols, F, van Roekel, EH, Kampman, E, Beijer, S & Weijenberg, MP 2016, 'Candidate predictors of Health-Related quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors: A systematic review', Oncologist, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 433-452.
Winkels, R, Snetselaar, T, Adriaans, A, van Warmerdam, LJC, Vreugdenhil, A, Slooter, GD, Straathof, JW, Kampman, E, van Lieshout, R & Beijer, S 2016, 'Changes in body weight in patients with colorectal cancer treated with surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy: An observational study', Cancer Treatment and Research Communications, vol. 9, pp. 111-115.
de Vries, YC, Helmich, E, Karsten, MDA, Boesveldt, S, Winkels, R & van Laarhoven, HWM 2016, 'The impact of chemosensory and food-related changes in patients with advanced oesophagogastric cancer treated with capecitabine and oxaliplatin: a qualitative study', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 3119-3126.


Bours, MJ, Beijer, S, Winkels, R, Van Duijnhoven, FJ, Mols, F, Breedveld-Peters, JJ, Kampman, E, Weijenberg, MP & Van De Poll-Franse, LV 2015, 'Dietary changes and dietary supplement use, and underlying motives for these habits reported by colorectal cancer survivors of the Patient Reported Outcomes Following Initial Treatment and Long-Term Evaluation of Survivorship (PROFILES) registry', British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 114, no. 2, pp. 286-296.
Heine-Bröring, RC, Winkels, R, Renkema, JMS, Kragt, L, Van Orten-Luiten, ACB, Tigchelaar, EF, Chan, DSM, Norat, T & Kampman, E 2015, 'Dietary supplement use and colorectal cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analyses of prospective cohort studies', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 136, no. 10, pp. 2388-2401.
Souverein, OW, De Vries, JHM, Freese, R, Watzl, B, Bub, A, Miller, ER, Castenmiller, JJM, Pasman, WJ, Van Het Hof, K, Chopra, M, Karlsen, A, Dragsted, LO, Winkels, R, Itsiopoulos, C, Brazionis, L, O'Dea, K, Van Loo-Bouwman, CA, Naber, THJ, Van Der Voet, H & Boshuizen, HC 2015, 'Prediction of fruit and vegetable intake from biomarkers using individual participant data of diet-controlled intervention studies', British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 113, no. 9, pp. 1396-1409.

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