Academic

Prof Hugo (HW) Huisman

Professor, Director of HART
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 Alta (AE) Schutte

Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2444
  +27 18 285 2432
  alta.schutte@nwu.ac.za
  F11-101, Potchefstroom Campus
Hypertension and cardiovascular disease development in black populations

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).

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

Professor
B.Art. et Scien Hons Nursing, Higher Education Diploma, PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2438
  leone.malan@nwu.ac.za
  F12-111, Potchefstroom Campus
Neurogenic Hypertension, Ischemic heart disease

Prof Malan is a Neurophysiology lecturer and with her hypothesis-driven research she aims to explain a mechanistic pathway linking brain and heart (stress-response pathways and ischemic heart disease). Therefore, she designed the first psychophysiological prospective cohort study in Africa [the Sympathetic activity and Ambulatory Blood pressure in Africans (SABPA) study]. As PI of the SABPA study, she received an award for design excellence from the Metabolic Syndrome Institute, France. She further conceptualized the implementation of a Hypertension Research and Training clinic on-campus and induced cardiovascular monitoring programs in collaboration with clinicians. Apart from being a council/working group member of the European Societies of Cardiology and Hypertension, she holds various professional memberships. She and her extensive international expert and pharmaceutical stake holders’ network aim to develop a clinical diagnostic tool for preventive stress-related cardiomyopathy.

Prof Carla (CMT) Fourie

Associate 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

Prof Carla MT Fourie is an Associate 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.

Prof Sanette (JS) Brits

Associate Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 285 2789
  10069917@nwu.ac.za
  F12-G18, 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.

Prof Ruan Kruger

Associate Professor
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2904
  ruan.kruger@me.com
  F12-205, Potchefstroom Campus
Hypertension and premature cardiovascular disease development

Prof Kruger is appointed as Associate Professor with teaching responsibilities and a research focus on cardiovascular disease development in children and young adults. His interests include arterial stiffness, cardiac structure and function and also biomarkers related to hypertension. He is a Y-rated researcher and also the current Chair of both the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) New Investigators Committee and the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS). He serves on the Board of Directors of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE).

Prof Carina (CMC) Mels

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

Prof Mels is an Associate Professor and manager of the Research Laboratory in the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry in 2011 from the same university and holds an Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation. She has published numerous articles in international peer reviewed journals on various aspects associated with hypertension. Her specific research focus is on the involvement of oxidative stress in the development of cardiovascular disease.

Dr Wayne Smith

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

Dr 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 Shani Botha

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 Botha 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 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 investigates common modifiable metabolic, cardiovascular and lifestyle markers, as well as the prevalence and incidence of blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidaemia that contributes to cardiovascular disease. Further interests include markers of the haemostatic system and how they relate to microvascular and macrovascular changes, especially in the South African population.

Dr Lebo (LF) Gafane-Matemane

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2293
  lebo.gafane@nwu.ac.za
  F12-108, Potchefstroom Campus
Low renin hypertension

Dr Gafane-Matemane is appointed as a Senior Lecturer. Her research focuses on the low renin phenotype, particularly in Africans. This phenotype is characterised by volume-loading hypertension and salt sensitivity. She is interested in the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, salt intake and sympathetic activity in the development of hypertension. Additionally, she is also collaborating with other researchers in creating awareness in the communities regarding cardiovascular health. She is a member of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) and Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD).

Dr Yolandi Breet

Senior Lecturer
PhD in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2436
  21195706@nwu.ac.za
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Dr Yolandi Breet is a 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, early vascular aging as well as markers involved in the development of hypertension, especially inflammatory biomarkers. She holds a research fellow membership with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and is also a member of the South African Hypertension Society (SAHS), Physiology Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Ms Gontse (GG) Mokwatsi

Lecturer
MSc in Physiology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education - FET phase.
  +27 18 299 2489
  22368590@nwu.ac.za
  F12-G19, Potchefstroom Campus
Cardiovascular physiology

Ms Mokwatsi is appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Physiology and has researcher responsibilities within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team. Her research interests include early development of hypertension, morning blood pressure surge and arterial stiffness especially in young South Africans. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Network and a research fellow with the International Society of Hypertension since 2017.

Support

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 Seboko

Junior Laboratory Helper
  +27 18 299 2076
  Anna.Mafoko@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.

Ms Lydia Malefane

Lay Counselor
  +27 18 285 2678
  22425926@nwu.ac.za
  F11-G07 Potchefstroom Campus

Ms Malefane is part of the research team for the EndoAfrica study as a lay counselor. Her duties include recruitment of participants, HIV testing and counseling of participants, data collection from participants and ensuring flow of participants. As well as communicating with the participants to make sure that their contact details are still the same.