Faculty of Health Sciences

Dorita du Toit

I have been a lecturer and researcher in the field of Physical Education for over 15 years now, I have been an author of various publications (15+ articles and two book chapters) in the field and I have been a supervisor / promotor of five post-doctoral students so far. I have been the principle researcher in two national research projects from which several publications have come forth.

Carlien van Wyk

I am a lecturer at the Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies (Faculty of Health Sciences) at the North-west University.

I have obtained a BA degree in Social Work at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995.  In

1997 I have obtained a MA in Social Work (Play Therapy) at the University of Pretoria.  I

Ankebé Kruger

I am a registered Counselling Psychologist and have a PhD in Sport Science. I have a special interest in Performance Psychology within the sport context and I have consulted the SA National Women’s Hockey Team, the 1st Netball Team of the NWU and various school teams.

Susanne Jacobs

Supportive and healthy relationships i.t.o care, strengthening diverse youth & families; relational well-being and resilience of children, youth, parents, couples and families in school and society, using Appreciative Inquiry:

Shani Botha

Shani is a cardiovascular physiologist, appointed as senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human Cardiovascular Physiology. As part of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), Shani performs and performed research in research studies, including the African-PREDICT study, PURE study, SABPA II study and EndoAfrica study.

Petra Bester

Petra Bester has extensive work experience in the public and private health sectors of South Africa. After a clinical masters’ degree in Community Psychiatric Nursing and a PhD in Nursing, Petra Bester returned to the higher education context since 2010. For the past seven years Petra Bester supported health system strengthening initiatives from research with a specific focus in health information systems.

Shani Botha

I am a cardiovascular physiologist, appointed as senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Human Cardiovascular Physiology.

As researcher, I have been part of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) since 2010 and have been performing research in several research studies, including the African-PREDICT study, PURE study, SABPA II study and EndoAfrica study. During this time, I was trained to use several clinical apparatus and to perform various extensive cardiovascular measurements. I also supervise several honours, masters and doctorate students.

Awie Kotzé

Awie F Kotzé, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and a professor of Pharmaceutics at the NWU.  His research focuses on the optimisation of drug delivery, especially of protein and peptide drugs of antimalarial compounds with quaternised, chitosan polymers, and with the patented PheroidTM drug delivery system.  He has supervised several post-graduate students is the author/co-author of quite a few patents as well as numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Lanthé (IM) Kruger

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.

Anja Franken

Prof Anja Franken obtained her PhD in Occupational Hygiene degree from the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus in 2015. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus where she lectures post-graduate Occupational Hygiene modules. She has more than 8 years of experience in lecturing at the North-West University.

Ruan Kruger

I am a trained Physiologist and appointed as Associated Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences with lecturing duties in the School of Physiology of the North-West University, along with research duties within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART).

Carina (CMC) Mels

Carina Mels is an associate professor and manager of the research laboratory in the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). She obtained her Ph.D in Biochemistry in 2011 and holds an Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation.

She authored several 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.

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