Academic

Prof Carina (CMC) Mels

Professor, Director
PhD in Biochemistry
  +27 18 299 1983
  carina.mels@nwu.ac.za
  F12-104, Potchefstroom Campus
Oxidative stress, Metabolomics, Proteomics

Carina Mels is a full-time Research Professor and Director of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University (NWU). She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry in 2011 and she holds a Y-rating from the National Research Foundation. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and acted as post-graduate study supervisor to various Masters and PhD students. She is the SA Principal Investigator of the African PRospective study on the Early Detection and Identification of Cardiovascular disease and HyperTension (African-PREDICT). She serves on the Board of Directors and the Next Generation Committee of the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS). As a professional member of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) she is also involved in the African Regional Advisory Group with the aim to alleviate the burden of hypertension on the African continent. Her research focus is on the involvement of oxidative stress in the development of cardiovascular disease and recently also started to use proteomics and metabolomics to investigate early changes associated with the development of future cardiovascular disease. 

Prof Ruan Kruger

Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2904
  Ruan.kruger@g.nwu.ac.za
  F11-101, Potchefstroom Campus
Pediatric hypertension and premature cardiovascular disease development

Prof Ruan Kruger is the current Interim Research Leader of the NRF SARChI Research Chair in Early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease in Africa with a research focus on cardiovascular disease development in children and young adults. He is a Y-rated researcher and also the current Chair of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS) Next Generation Network. He serves on the Board of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS) and the Scientific Committee of the International Congress of Hypertension in Children and Adolescents.

 

Prof Sanette (JS) Brits

Associate Professor, Director: School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2789
  10069917@nwu.ac.za
  F12-124, Potchefstroom Campus
The effect of stress on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems

Prof Brits has a passion for creative classroom environments and community outreach projects to enhance education and health. Effective science communication through different teaching approaches can create opportunities for active participation and co-operative learning in the lecture hall. Crossing pedagogical boundaries of physiology, kinesiology and education broadened her view on teaching, learning and research.

Dr Yolandi Breet

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2436
  21195706@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Large artery stiffness and early vascular aging

Dr Yolandi Breet is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of cardiovascular physiology. Her research focuses on factors leading to the development of cardiovascular disease, especially in the black South African population. Her specific interests include vascular structure and function as well as early vascular aging. She holds a research fellow membership with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and is also a member of the Association for Research into Arterial Structure and Physiology, Sub-Saharan Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN), the Golden Key International Honour Society and serves on the Southern African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Northern Region Executive Committee.

Dr Adriaan Jacobs

Lecturer
MSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2438
  13062778@nwu.ac.za
  F12-111, Potchefstroom Campus
Metabolism, cardiovascular physiology

Mr Jacobs is appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has research responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. He holds an MSc in Biochemistry (with a specific focus on metabolism) and has several years of experience as a laboratory technician in diagnostic and research laboratories. As part of his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology, his current research focuses on the association between plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and vascular structure and function.

Dr Leandi Lammertyn

Senior Lecturer, Subject leader: Physiology
PhD in Physiology, Post graduate certificate in education - FET phase
  +27 18 299 2435
  Leandi.Lammertyn@nwu.ac.za
  F12-107, Potchefstroom campus
Haemostasis, metabolic risk factors and cardiovascular disease

Dr Lammertyn is the subject leader for the department of Physiology at the North-West University, where she is not only responsible for the general management of the department but is also actively involved with the development of new academic programs in the field of Physiology. In addition, she is also involved in conducting cardiovascular research as part of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. She is the principle investigator of the Sympathetic activity and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Africa study. Her own research interests lie in the investigation of metabolic, cardiovascular and lifestyle markers, and how they relate to microvascular and macrovascular changes, especially in the South African population.

Prof Carla (CMT) Fourie

Professor
PhD, RN (General, midwifery and psychiatry)
  +27 18 299 2080
  carla.fourie@nwu.ac.za
  F12-106, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular structure and function and HIV as co-morbidity

Carla Fourie is a Professor in the field of Human Physiology. She teaches undergraduate students and supervises postgraduate students. Her research focusses on the development of cardiovascular disease in the South African population. Her specific interest is the influence of HIV and hypertension as co-morbidities, and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress as well as health behaviours, on vascular structure and function.

Dr Shani le Roux

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2262
  shani.botha@nwu.ac.za
  F12-114, Potchefstroom Campus
Physiology: Inflammation and cardiovascular disease

Dr Shani le Roux is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human Physiology. She teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research focusses on markers involved in the inflammatory process and the link thereof with the development of cardiovascular disease, especially in different ethnic groups.

Dr Esmé Jansen van Vuren

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2439
  esme.jansenvanvuren@nwu.ac.za
  F12-117, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular and Neuropsychophysiology

Dr Jansen van Vuren is a senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Physiology. Her research interest includes the influence of cardiovascular and psychiatric diseases as co-morbidities in African populations, with a specific focus on metabolic and inflammatory markers.

Prof Wayne Smith

Associate Professor
PhD
  +27 18 299 2053
  wayne.smith@nwu.ac.za
  F12-203,Potchefstroom campus
Cardiovascular Physiology

Prof Smith obtained his PhD in 2012 from Stellenbosch University. He has a background in experimental cardiovascular physiology, investigating cardiac function and susceptibility to ischaemia and reperfusion injury in a rodent model of obesity. After making the move to HART in 2010, he has become involved in HARTs clinical epidemiological studies. His current research interest remains in the cardiovascular field, and involve vascular function. Particular topics include 1) retinal vessel dynamics as an indicator of microvascular changes and function, and how it relates to cardiovascular risk, and 2) metabolic contributions to vascular changes associated with hypertension.

Dr Gontse (GG) Mokwatsi

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education - FET phase.
  +27 18 299 2489
  Gontse.Mokwatsi@nwu.ac.za
  F12-104, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Dr Mokwatsi is appointed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has researcher responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. Her research interests include the use of home blood pressure monitoring, early development of hypertension, blood pressure (morning and night-time) and arterial stiffness, especially in young South Africans. She is a member of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Golden Key International Honour Society, Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD), International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Network and a research fellow with the International Society of Hypertension.

Dr Lebo (LF) Gafane-Matemane

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2293
  lebo.gafane@nwu.ac.za
  F12-108, Potchefstroom Campus
Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System; Kidney Physiology

Dr Gafane-Matemane is appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Physiology. Her research focuses on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and hypertension in populations of African ancestry. She is also collaborating with other researchers in creating awareness in the communities regarding hypertension. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Hypertension (ISHF), where she is involved in the May Measurement Month initiative, an annual global screening campaign, and serves as a member of the Mentorship and Training Committee. Dr Gafane-Matemane is also a member of the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS) and Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD).

 

Prof Hugo (HW) Huisman

Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2439
  +27 18 285 2432
  Hugo.Huisman@nwu.ac.za
  F12-206, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular structure and function

Prof HW Huisman performs his research in the field of cardiovascular physiology, especially on factors related to changes in vascular structure and function in the development of hypertension.  Although the research is mainly done in low socio-economic communities of South Africa this work also contributes to the existing body of knowledge regarding vascular dysfunction, arterial stiffness and early vascular aging. This also implicates the influence of vascular peptides, hormones, enzymes, oxidative stress, inflammation and other markers associated with cardiovascular disease under different circumstances like obesity, urbanization and aging.

Prof Johannes (JM) van Rooyen

Emeritus Professor
DSc in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2455
  +27 18 299 1053
  johannes.vanrooyen@nwu.ac.za
  F11-G03, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular function, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, and vascular stiffness

Prof van Rooyen is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Biological Scientist. He has been a NRF rated scientist (C3) since 2004 and was the Subject Chair of Physiology in the School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences from 2005-2017. He participated in several projects like the PURE (Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology) study; SABPA (Sympathetic Activity and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Africans) study and recently, since 2013, the African-PREDICT study of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) of the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. He lectures Cardiovascular Physiology to pre- and postgraduate students.

Prof Leoné Malan

Emeritus Professor
BArt et Scien Nursing; HED; PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 290 6121
  leone.malan@nwu.ac.za
Neurogenic hypertension, endothelial function

Experienced Visiting Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Epidemiology, Lecturing, Clinical Research, Microsoft Excel, and Science. Strong education professional with a MSc and PhD focused on Stress-induced stroke risk from North-West University/Noordwes-Universiteit.

Ondersteuning

Mrs Frieda Fiellis

Administration Officer
  +27 18 299 2780
  frieda.fiellis@nwu.ac.za
  F12-204, Potchefstroom Campus

Administration Officer of the Research Director

Sr Adéle Burger

Manager: Hypertension Research and Training Clinic
MCur, BTec Occupational Health & Primary Health Care
  +27 18 299 2076
  adele.burger@nwu.ac.za
  F11-106, Potchefstroom Campus
Behaviour Changes and Lifestyle modifications for CVD prevention

Sr. Burger forms part of the team involved in the conduction of various projects within the Hypertension Research and Training Clinic on campus. Her duties include managing, coordination and training of post graduate students as well as performing measurements including blood collection ECG and 24-hour blood pressure. Her own research interests are in behaviour changes and lifestyle modifications for cardiovascular disease prevention.

Dr Lisa (AS) Uys

Subject expert
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2004
  lisa.uys@nwu.ac.za
  F11-107, Potchefstroom Campus
Autonomic control of the cardiovascular system

Dr Uys forms part of the team involved in the conduction of various projects within the Hypertension Research and Training Clinic on campus. Her duties include coordination and training of post graduate students as well as performing measurements including ECG, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and dynamic retinal vessel analysis. Her own research interests are the involvement of various components of the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of the cardiovascular system, particularly when put under stressful situations.

Ms Anna (MA) Seboko

Junior Laboratory Helper
  +27 18 285 2261
  25187333@nwu.ac.za
  F15 / F11, 106 Potchefstroom Campus

Ms Mafoko is part of the research team working to deliver the African-PREDICT study. She supports the nurses and researchers to ensure the study runs smoothly. She is also responsible for the important task of feeding the study participants, and communicating with the participants to make sure that their contact details have stayed the same, often visiting participants houses to check if they remain at the same address.