Vitamin D : miracle cure-for-all or cart before the horse?
Inaugural address delivered on 2 November 2011
Marietjie Herselman was born in the Langkloof, where she matriculated at the McLachlan High School. She obtained a BSc (Physiology and Dietetics) degree at Stellenbosch University and for the next 18 years worked as a dietitian at Tygerberg Hospital, where she specialised in renal nutrition. She obtained a master’s degree in nutrition in 1985 and in 1991 was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, at Stellenbosch University. In the same year she obtained her PhD in nutritional sciences at this university, where she was later promoted to senior lecturer (1995), associate professor (2001) and full professor (2010). From 2008 to 2010 she was appointed first as acting head and later as head of the Division of Human Nutrition. She served on the Professional Board of Dietetics from 1998 to 2003 and also on various sub-committees of the Board. She regularly reviews papers and research applications for scientific councils/associations as well as five national and four international scientific journals. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of four international scientific journals and in 2008 she was elected as the co-editor (Africa region) of the international journal Nutrition. She successfully delivered 17 master’s students and published 29 scientific papers in national and international journals and three chapters in textbooks. Marietjie also presented papers at 19 international and 37 national conferences. Three international and four national awards were bestowed on her for her research in renal nutrition. She played a leading role in the initiation of the Community Nutrition Security Project (CNSP) in the Breede Valley, as part of Stellenbosch University’s HOPE Project, as well as the NOMA master’s programme in Nutrition, Human Rights and Governance in collaboration with the universities of Oslo and Akershus (Norway) as well as Makerere and Kyambogo (Uganda).