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PhD candidate, North-West University

Michél Strauss is currently completing her PhD degree in Physiology at North-West University. Her research is centered on gaining a better understanding of the development of cardiovascular disease, with the focus on black South African populations. When she started her postgraduate studies she was met with the harsh reality of the shocking statistics pertaining to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality rates not only globally, but also in South Africa. She says she was fortunate to be welcomed into a research group at the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), where she was able to meet experts, including Prof Alta Schutte - the SARChI Chair in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa, who are committed to understanding the complex physiological mechanisms contributing to cardiovascular disease. Her research forms part of the African-PREDICT study which aims to identify and highlight early cardiovascular risk factors in the youth, aiming to assist in the implementation of more successful prevention strategies


  • –present
    PhD candidate, North-West University

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    PhD candidate
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation