Prof Alta Schutte is the SARChI Research Chairholder funded by South African Department of Science Technology in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa. She is also the Unit Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease. As Principal Investigator of the African-PREDICT study (African Prospective study on the Early Detection and Identification of CVD and Hypertension) and co-PI of the South African leg of the PURE study (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) she contributes to novel prospective studies on African soil to generate knowledge on a new understanding of CVD development in Africa. Internationally she contributes to several research networks, such as the Global Burden of Disease study and the NCD-RisC collaboration. She is a South African NRF B2-rated scientist, the Past-President of the Southern African Hypertension Society and the Vice-President of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH).