Faculty of Health Sciences

Cristian Ricci

During the period 2009-2013 I was head of the biostatistics Unit and responsible for clinical epidemiology in two main research hospital in Milan (Italy). Afterwards, during the period the period 2013-2015, I joined the department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine of the University of Regensburg (Germany). In 2015-2016 I joined the Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics Group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization in Lyon (France).

Tamrin Veldsman

Tamrin Veldsman is a lecturer, and emerging expert, in the School of Human Movement Sciences in the Subject Group: Biokinetics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. Tamrin is a registered biokineiticist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and serves as the chairperson for the North-West Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA) committee. Before Dr Veldsman jointed the North-West University in 2017, she lectured at the University of Venda and worked in private practice as an independent practitioner in private practice.

Nkengafac Villyen Motze

Prof Nkengafac Villyen Motaze (M.D, M.Sc., PhD) is a Cameroonian medical epidemiologist currently based at Medicine Usage in South Africa (MUSA). In 2007, Villyen completed his medical studies in Yaoundé, Cameroon and worked for four years in the North West province of Cameroon before moving to Cape Town in 2012 where he completed his masters in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University.

Lusilda Schutte

Professor Lusilda Schutte is an Associate Professor at the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research of the North-West University and a registered and practicing Clinical Psychologist.

Building on a Bachelor’s degree with Mathematics, Statistics, and Psychology as majors, Prof Schutte holds a Doctoral degree in Psychology from the North-West University, South Africa, and Master’s degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Statistics.

Dr. med. Depfenhart, LL.M.

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.

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. In this position she lectures undergraduate Occupational Hygiene modules and also provides supervision to postgraduate students. She has more than 14 years of experience in lecturing and supervision 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.