Lanthé Kruger (néé Palmer) obtained her B.Sc. degree in September 2002 at the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), where after she started with her post-graduate studies with special focus on cardiovascular physiology. During this time, Lanthé was also appointed as a temporary lecturer (2006-2008) as well as research assistant (2005-2008) within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). During this time she gained valuable and essential insight and experience into both worlds of academia as well as research.
Lanthé’s interest in research was awakened by her involvement in several research projects at the time of her appointment as research assistant. Research projects she was involved in at the time included PURE (2005 & 2008), PLAY (2005 & 2006), Vitamin supplement and cardiovascular function (2006), SAfrEIC (2007) as well as the SABPA study (2008). In September 2010 she obtained her PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology, titled Cardiovascular dysfunction in black South Africans: an investigation from various perspectives.
Realising her passion for research, Lanthé accepted a post-doctoral fellowship (November 2010) within the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) under the mentorship of Proffs Annamarie Kruger and Minrie Greeff. From the outset Lanthé acted as project leader for the multi-national PURE study, involving 25 countries. Her responsibilities as project leader included but was not limited to project logistics, writing of articles and funding applications, data (collection) and data information management, human resources as well as acting as liaison between South African and Canada.
Lanthé authored and co-authored 14 peer-reviewed articles (6 and 8 respectively. Her research and publication profile presents a strong transdisciplinary focus on non-communicable diseases, their associated risk factors, and health promotion with an affinity towards epidemiology and quantitative methodology. Lanthé has a Google Scholar h-index of 7 and 5 for Web of Science.
In September 2014 Lanthé was appointed as a permanent staff member (Snr lecturer) within AUTHeR, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). Furthermore, during 2014 and 2015 Lanthé one again proved herself as a worthy researcher by arranging, coordinating and successfully executing the data collection process for the PURE study, in the absence of her mentor, Prof Annamarie Kruger.
Besides her passion for research, Lanthé is also involved in teaching and learning. During her time as a post-graduate student (2006 – 2008) she was she lecturer for 3 undergraduate Physiology modules. From 2013 onwards, Lanthé is involved in the undergraduate course, Know and understand the world of health, presented to all 2nd year health sciences students. Lanthé acted as the internal moderator for WVGW 221 in 2013 and 2015, and had lecturing responsibilities in 2014 and 2016. Furthermore, Lanthé was also involved in the curriculum development of the degree Master of Health in Transdisciplinary Health Promotion which kicked-off in 2015 and she is also the programme leader (2015 – current). She has teaching responsibilities in both the TDHP 811 (Epidemiology and Quantitative research methodology) and TDHP 812 (Critical appraisal of articles) modules, and is also the responsible for the electronic study guide.
Besides her research and teaching-learning activities, Lanthé is also extensively involved within the structures of the University and Faculty. She is a full member of the following faculty committees: Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC), Research Committee as well as the Faculty Board. Since 2015 she is part of AUTHeR’s Scientific Committee, and was appointed as Chair of this committee since 2016.