Alta Shutte, PhD


Professor Schutte’s research focuses on the early detection, prevention and treatment of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in low resource settings. She has led several multidisciplinary projects in this field, including biomarker discovery, early vascular aging and polyomics. Serves as Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She is involved in numerous international consortia, such as the Global Burden of Disease study, the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, May Measurement Month initiative of the International Society of Hypertension and IDACO/IDCARS studies.

Professor Shutte has extensive experience in working in hypertension and cardiovascular disease within Africa, but also as part of global projects. In her previous role as the South African Research Chair in the Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa, hosted by the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University and as Unit Director of Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, her research focus was to identify early markers for the development of hypertension, and ultimately prevent cardiovascular disease in the black African population.

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