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Alta Schutte

Research Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
North-West University
South Africa


Alta Schutte is currently working as Research Professor (Faculty of Health Sciences: Hypertension) in North-West University, South Africa.

Research Interest

Her research focus is the identification of early markers for the development of hypertension, and ultimately the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the black African population. She regularly receives invitations as speaker at international meetings (such as Australia, USA, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Korea). She has published over 150 papers in international journals on the topic of hypertension, and supervised more than 60 honours, masters, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. She received several local and international research awards, including the Distinguished Young Women Scientist in the Life Sciences award, presented by the SA Department of Science and Technology; the British Association Medal from the Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3); the Meiring Naude Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa; the AU-TWAS Award (African Union & The World Academy of Sciences); the NWU Institutional Award for International Leadership in Research; the Excellence in Physiology Research Award from the Physiological Society of Southern Africa, and the Next Einstein Forum Fellowship Award from AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


  • Thompson JES, Smith W, Ware LJ, Mels CMC, Van Rooyen JM, Malan L, Malan NT, Lammertyn L, Schutte AE. Masked hypertension and its associated cardiovascular risk in young individuals: The African-PREDICT study. Hypertens Res 2015 Accepted September.

  • Kruger HS, Schutte AE, Kruger A, Walsch CM, Van den Berg L, Rennie KL. Body mass index cut-points to identify cardiometabolic risk in black South Africans. Eur J Nutr 2015 epub.

  • Ware LJ, Rennie KL, Gafane LF, Nell TM, Thompson JES, Van Rooyen JM, Schutte R, Schutte AE. Masked hypertension in low-income South African adults. J Clin Hypertens. 2015 Accepted October.

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