About The Author

In 2012 I enrolled as an undergraduate student at the NWU-PUK, completing my BSc. Degree in Biochemistry and Physiology, with distinction, in 2014. Following this love for human physiology, I completed both my BSc. Honours and MSc degrees in Physiology, with distinction in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Our research focus in my MSc was to establish novel associations between cardiac stress and ECG responses to acute applied mental stress, between ethnicities in a South African cohort. We were able to demonstrate increased cardiovascular disease risk in Africans based on the cardiac stress and ECG responses observed. This novel discovery has been presented at the National Physiology Society of South Africa, and I was privileged to be invited for a plenary address at the 2017 Hypertension and Cardiac Nursing Conference in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Currently, the focus of my PhD research is establishing the controversially debated link between sympathetic activity and its influence on retinal vascular dynamics as well as cardiac stress.

The hands-on experience of working as a research assistant at the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) research and service delivery clinic, has also enabled me to understand and appreciate the importance of health science development and education in our South African population. I also served as a judge at the annual ESKOM Expo for Young scientists 2017, for the categories Health and Medical Science. I was privileged to encounter state-of-the art, novel advances, specifically in the Neuroscience environment, as part of my appointment at MCI-Neuroscience, UK.

I’ve been privileged to be one of the students worldwide nominated to attend the 68th Nobel Laureates Meeting held in Lindau, Germany in 2018.

Investigating The Link Between Alcohol Abuse And Hypertension In Black South Africans

South Africa has recently been rated as one of the countries with the highest hypertension prevalence rates, with alcohol abuse being one of the most significant contributors to hypertension, especially in black Africans. Prospective data from the Sympathetic Activity and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Africans (SABPA) study revealed that more than two-thirds of black participants