Faculty of Health Sciences

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.

Angelina Wilson

Dr Wilson specializes in positive psychology research and is currently interested in understanding the effect of positive interventions in high-risk communities in South Africa.

She is also part of the positive psychology team working with the African Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research

 

Daleen van der Merwe

Started studies in Food Science at the University of the Free State and obtained PhD in Food Science at the same university under supervision of Prof Gary Osthoff. Started career as head of quality laboratory of the Crop Science division of the Agricultural Research Council – Grain Crops Institute (ARC-GCI. In 2005 was appointed at the Subject Group Consumer Sciences at the North-West University focussing on consumer behaviour research. Since 2008 appointed as the research coordinator of this group.

Shingairai Chigeza

Dr Chigeza is a senior lecturer/ researcher in Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She is a registered research psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Her research is based in the field of psychology and gerontology focusing on promoting the well-being of the older persons in their families and communities. Presently she is a Principal investigator in the project Come dine with me! Exploring intergenerational relationships through transmission of traditional food knowledge.

Vera Roos

Vera Roos has been a senior research professor in the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus since 2013. Vera is a social gerontologist, trained as a clinical psychologist, and has a background in community psychology. She focuses on relational and collective well-being of older people and communities in relation to contextual realities by eliciting strengths and competencies.

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.

Annchen Mielmann

Annchen Mielmann obtained her grades, B.Sc. Agric. Food Sciences (2004), M.Sc. Agric. Food Sciences (2006) and Ph.D. Food Sciences (2014) from the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein campus). From 2008 she is a Lecturer in Food at the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the North-West University Potchefstroom campus. In 2016 she is promoted to Senior Lecturer and currently she is the Subject Chair of Consumer Sciences.

Karin Minnie

Dr Karin Minnie is the director of INSINQ Research Focus Area at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. Karin is passionate about evidence-based practice and improvement of the quality of nursing and midwifery care. Her current research program focuses on facilitating kind and compassionate care during childbirth with specific emphasis on continuous support during labour. She has an additional qualification in advanced midwifery and is an experienced lecturer in Midwifery and Research methodology.

Anne Frederica Grobler

Anne Grobler is a South African citizen with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics (North-West University, South Africa), an M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) and an Honours in Biochemistry (PU for CHE, South Africa).

 

Her research interests are the design, construction and optimization of delivery and transporter technologies for active pharmaceutical in conjunction with the preclinical and clinical evaluation of such technologies. This interest includes the delivery and transport of bio-agricultural molecules and compounds.

 

Frederik Christoffel Eloff

Prof FC Eloff has been a lecturer at the PU for CHE, later NWU since 1979. He is currently Occupational Hygiene programme leader in the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences. He is responsible for the development and management of a new professional Baccalaureus Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene degree.

Serves as UNISA subject organiser (Physiology) since 1999 and is responsible for the organising of the practical modules presented to UNISA students.

Sias Hamman

Sias Hamman, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is a research professor in the Unit for Drug Research and Development at the NWU. His research focuses on functional excipients from natural origin to optimise drug delivery.

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