Faculty of Health Sciences

Lissinda du Plessis

I study the relationships between physiochemical properties of drugs, their formulations and the effects on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. I work interdisciplinary and integrate chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry and molecular toxicology in my research. I am actively engaged in various areas of pharmaceutics including biochemical, cellular and whole-animal models, with a focus on infectious diseases and cancer.

Alta Schutte

Alta (Aletta E.) Schutte is Professor of Physiology, and funded by the Department of Science and Technology as the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa – hosted by the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University. She is also the Unit Director of Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.

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 both undergraduate and postgraduate Occupational Hygiene modules. She has more than 10 years of experience in lecturing at the North-West University.

Awie Kotzé

Awie F Kotzé, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is the Executive 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.

Welma Lubbe

Welma Lubbe is an associate professor at the North-West University, School of Nursing Science as part of the midwifery team and responsible for neonatal training. Prof Lubbe published over 38 peer-reviewed articles, presented 40 national and 19 international conference posters and papers and a number of professional and parenting articles. She is an invited television and radio guest, author and guest speaker at various public parenting forums, including well known parenting magazines, such as Baba en Kleuter and Your Pregnancy.

Gerda Marié Reitsma

Associate Professor Reitsma is currently the head of the new Centre for Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  She received her PhD in Teaching and Learning at the NWU in 2006. Before that she completed her MSc in Home Economics, with a dissertation on Community Nutrition Education programmes. Since 2014, her main focus of research is Health Science Education in the Higher Education context, with specific reference to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Professional Staff Development, Interprofessional Education and Blended Learning.

Daleen van der Merwe

Daleen van der Merwe has extensive research experience in the field of consumer information sources, especially in the context of consumers’ decision making considering food and product labels. Her current work has a strong interest in consumers’ from a health perspective. While working as researcher at the Agricultural Research Council – Grain Crops Institute (1999-2004), she completed both a master’s and a PhD degree in Food Science from the University of the Free State. Daleen van der Merwe accepted a position and the North-West University in 2005.

Vicki Koen

Dr Vicki Koen is a registered Research Psychologist and Registered Counsellor who has been involved with the NWU since 2011. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychosocial Health at the Mahikeng Campus of the NWU. With an interest in familial relationships, Vicki did her first Master’s degree in Psychology on the parent-adolescent relationship and adolescent well-being. The same year she completed a B-Psych internship in counselling or counsellor in training practicum at the NWU Vanderbijlpark Campus.

 

Retha Bloem

Retha Bloem is a social worker with a 25 year academic research history. As a graduate from the University of Pretoria, born in 1968, she obtained her B.SW, BA (Hons) industrial Sociology, (cum laude) Magister Atrium,(cum laude)  Masters of Social work (play therapy) (cum laude)  and Ph.D. (UP) under promotorship of Prof Rina Delport  in a period of 10 year.

Pieter van den Berg

My main research focus is on Sevens rugby, coaching and video analysis. Started my studies in 1994 and have until recently obtained a BA degree in human movement studies, HONNEURS in movement studies, MASTERS in human movement studies, Post graduate diploma in teaching and PhD in Human movement studies. I have taught for 4 Years where I acted as house master at the school. Been a Lecturer at the North West University (Potchefstroom campus) since 2002 and is currently the house master of the campus men's residence known as Caput hostel. I have been a house master for the past 6 years.