Lusilda Schutte is an associate professor at the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) of the North-West University in South Africa. She holds a Doctoral degree in psychology and a Masters degree in statistics. She conducts research in the domain of psychosocial well-being where she has a specific interest in harmony and in the cross-cultural understanding and measurement of psychosocial well-being.
Faculty of Health Sciences
In 2004, Markus Depfenhart completed his medical studies and received his doctorate from the JWG University in Frankfurt am Main in 2005. He later underwent further studies in other subjects and so he now also holds a LL.M. in economic law and a PhD in business and economics. Among others he developed an algorithm for legal patent circumvention.
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 (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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.