Background – Prof Nola Dippenaar

  • Completed a BSc and BSc Hons at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Chemistry and Physiology, followed by an MSc in Physiology.
  • She earned a second Masters degree, this time in Biochemistry, from Cambridge University in the UK.
  • On her return from the UK she commenced with her lecturing career at Medunsa, where she completed her PhD working in the field of essential fatty acids and cancer. She was appointed as Professor during this period.
  • In 1999 she moved across to the medical school at the university of Pretoria (UP), where she was responsible for the integration of Physiology and Biochemistry in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses
  • She has been voted lecturer of the year by the UP medical and dental students on two occasions, and she has delivered many local and overseas papers at various conferences.
  • She is presently the Chair of the SA National Pugwash Group – a division of the International Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.  She has delivered papers at their Annual International Congress for the last 15 years.
  • Her present main area of research and interest lies in the field of insulin resistance and Metabolic Syndrome.
  • She has a particular interest in carnitine metabolism in children and adults and regularly gives talks to various societies, schools and parent groups on low muscle tone (hypotonia) in children and how to handle this condition.
  • She consults privately to companies and individuals on the physiology and biochemistry of the human body; including health aspects, all of which empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health.  To this end she has established a company called “Health Insight” in April 2006, and up to 2013 was an extraordinary Professor with the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, at the University of Pretoria.  Presently as Professor Emeritus (UP), she has also opened a second practice in Cape Town and Betty’s Bay., where she works one week per month.

Background – Prof Nola Dippenaar

  • Completed a BSc and BSc Hons at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Chemistry and Physiology, followed by an MSc in Physiology.
  • She earned a second Masters degree, this time in Biochemistry, from Cambridge University in the UK.
  • On her return from the UK she commenced with her lecturing career at Medunsa, where she completed her PhD working in the field of essential fatty acids and cancer. She was appointed as Professor during this period.
  • In 1999 she moved across to the medical school at the university of Pretoria (UP), where she was responsible for the integration of Physiology and Biochemistry in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses
  • She has been voted lecturer of the year by the UP medical and dental students on two occasions, and she has delivered many local and overseas papers at various conferences.
  • She is presently the Chair of the SA National Pugwash Group – a division of the International Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.  She has delivered papers at their Annual International Congress for the last 15 years.
  • Her present main area of research and interest lies in the field of insulin resistance and Metabolic Syndrome.
  • She has a particular interest in carnitine metabolism in children and adults and regularly gives talks to various societies, schools and parent groups on low muscle tone (hypotonia) in children and how to handle this condition.
  • She consults privately to companies and individuals on the physiology and biochemistry of the human body; including health aspects, all of which empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health.  To this end she has established a company called “Health Insight” in April 2006, and up to 2013 was an extraordinary Professor with the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, at the University of Pretoria.  Presently as Professor Emeritus (UP), she has also opened a second practice in Cape Town, where she works one week per month.
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