I have specialized in the field of strengths-based psychology for a number of years. My research interest is in the facilitation of resilience, and in successful adaptation to / optimal performance within any context that poses challenges in terms of the maintenance of one’s psychological well-being.
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.
Professor Alida Herbst is a registered social worker and currently Director of the School of Psychosocial Health. She practised for 13 years as medical social worker in 1 Military and the MediClinic Heart and Kloof hospitals where she gained expertise in the fields of narrative, trauma, grief and bereavement counselling; the psychosocial adjustment of patients with cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses; support to the families of such patients and the self-care of caregivers.
Prof Ruan Kruger is the current NRF SARChI Research Chair in the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease in Africa, hosted by the Centre of Excellence: the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), North-West University, South Africa. He is also a member of the MRC Research Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.
Research focus: early detection and prevention of hypertension and early vascular ageing, especially in children and early adulthood.
David Dago N’Da, BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast), MSc, PhD (University of the Witwatersrand) is doctor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the NWU. He is a medicinal chemist who specialises in the chemistry of antimalarial drugs, whilst his research focuses on the rational design and synthesis of new compounds with potential antimalarial activity. He has supervised a large number of post-graduate students and has several PhD and MSc students currently under his supervision. He is the author/co-author