Dr. Du Toit

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Dr. Peet du Toit holds the position of Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology For Workplace Health at UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also holds a M.Sc. in Microbiology, a B.Sc. Honors Microbiology as well as a B.Sc. in Physiology also from the University of Pretoria. At present, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria.

Dr. du Toit’s research focus has broadened to include the general health of employees in various sectors. The field of wellness assessment has burgeoned in the last decade as employers become more aware that a healthy employee is a productive employee. Health risk assessments are one of the methods used to collect data that allow for the identification and targeting of employee health risks. The purpose of employee health risk assessments is to provide diagnostic results and serve as a catalyst for health behaviour change among specific employees. When high, moderate and low risk employees are identified according to specific health risks it allows for a targeted wellness programme to be implemented within the company. Dr. du Toit has been involved in health and physical fitness testing, psychological evaluation and wellness evaluation for the SANDF-South African National Defense Force, SAPS-South African Police Services academies and other government departments.

Dr. du Toit is a reviewer for the South African Journal for Research in Sport; Physical Education and Recreation; the Journal Stress; the Journal of Anthropology; and the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. He is a member of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) and founding member and co-chair of the Neuroscience research group at the University of Pretoria and an associate of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being.

Academic Positions Held
  • Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology, UGSM-Monarch Business School, Switzerland
  • Head, Neuroscience Group, University of Pretoria
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Physiology, University of Pretoria
Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • M.Sc. Microbiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • B.Sc. Honours, Microbiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • B.Sc. Physiology & Microbiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Awards And Honors
  • 2012, University of Pretoria Education Innovation Award
  • 2010, University of Pretoria Education Innovation Award
  • 2008, University of Pretoria Education Innovation Recognition
  • Reviewer, South African Journal for Research in Sport; Physical Education and Recreation
  • Reviewer, Stress Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal of Anthropology
  • Reviewer, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
  • Referee, Journal of Anthropology
Main Academic Interests
  • Sport Performance
  • Workplace Stress
  • Neuroscience
  • Employee Performance
  • Stress & Visual Skill Performance
Associations And Memberships
  • Member, ACBSP-Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs, USA
  • Member, ECBE-European Council For Business Education, Switzerland
  • Member of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA)
  • Founding Member & Co-chair of the Neuroscience Research Group, University of Pretoria
  • Associate of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being
Selected and Recent Publications
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Naicker, L.A., Govender, C., Jay-Du Preez, T., Grobbelaar, C., Grant, R., Wood, P.S., Kleynhans, M., & Mercier, J. (2012). Evaluation of visual skills in sedentary and active work environments. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) (March Special Edition)
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Govender, C., Lawson, J., Kleynhans, M., Grobbelaar, C., Terblanche, H.C, Wood, P.S., Grant, R. & Hay, L. (2012). Initial assessment of well-being in South African armed services. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Bagwath Persad, L., Govender, C., Soma, P., Henning, E., Kleynhans, M., Grant, R., & Wood, P.S. (2012). Postural variations in Cardio Stress Index scores. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Tsotetsi, A., Soma, P., Govender, C., Henning, E., Naicker, L., Grant, R., Wood, P.S. & Terblanche, HC. (2012). Comparison of the performances of male and female armed services recruits undergoing sports vision testing. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Govender, C., Henning, E., Kleynhans, M., Wood, S.P., De Villiers, N., Van Rooyen, J.M., Fletcher, L. & Grant, R. (2012). Cardiovascular health screening among South African students. AJPHERD (March Special Edition).
  • Brunette, E.L., Kotze, J., Wood, P.S., du Toit, P.J & Grant, C.C. (2012). An epidemiological study of physical activity patterns and weight gain in physically active and sedentary pregnant women in Tshwane, South Africa. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • Grant, C.C., Rothschild, R.M., Wood, P.S., Janse Van Rensburg, D.C., Collins, R., du Toit, P.J. (2012). The effect of folic acid supplementation on total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations in sedentary adult men. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • Grant C.C., Janse Van Rensburg, R., Collins, Wood, P.S., du Toit, P.J. (2012). The Profile of Mood State (POMS) questionnaire as an indicator of Overtraining Syndrome (OTS) in endurance athletes. AJPHERD (March Special Edition).
  • Grobbelaar, C., Grant, C.C., Janse Van Rensburg, D.C., Collins, R., du Toit, P.J., Wood, P.S. (2012). The influence of probiotic supplementation on selected athletic performance-related blood markers in men. AJPHERD (March Special Edition).
  • Du Toit, PJ, Wood, PS, Henning, E, Broodryk, T, Fourie, J, Grant, R, Nolte, K, Crafford, D, Kleynhans, M, Terblanche, HC, Krüger, PE, Janse Van Rensburg, DC, Van Schoor, A, Fletcher, L & Ferreira, J. 2012. Influence of Basic Military Training on Visual Skills. Open Access Scientific Reports, 1(1):http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/scientificreports.102
  • Du Toit, PJ, Wood, PS, Henning, E, le Roux, S, Jansen van Vuuren, P, Grant, CC, Crafford, D, Kleynhans, M, Terblanche, HC, Grobbelaar, C, Fletcher, L. 2012. The effect of sport specific exercises on the visual skills of rugby players. WASET, 71; 2019-2032
  • du Toit, P.J., Mahomed, A.F., Govender, C., Kleynhans, M., Jay-du Preez, T., Mercier, J., Kruger, P.E. (2011). The effect of sports vision exercises on the visual skills of university students. AJPHERD, 17(3): September
  • du Toit, P.J., Terblanche, HC., Jansen van Rensburg, D.C., Govender, C., Kleynhans, M., Jay- du Preez, T., Mercier, J., Kruger, P.E. (2011). Sex differences in the nine-point beighton hypermobility test scores. AJPHERD, 17(4): December
  • du Toit, P.J., Fowler, K., Govender, C., Clark, J., Kruger, P.E. (2010). Exercise, Performance and Sport Vision testing on male rugby players under more realistic testing conditions. AJPHERD, 16(3): 510-517
  • du Toit, P.J., Chamane, N.Z., Campher, J., Crafford, D., Kruger, P.E. (2009). Sport Vision assessment on soccer players. AJPHERD, 15(4): 594-604
  • du Toit, P.J., Joubert, A., Lunsky, J., Kruger, P.E. (2007) Effects of exercise on the visual performance of female rugby players. AJPHERD, 13(3): 267-273
  • du Toit, P.J., Muller, M., de Wet, K.B., Zackey, A., Kruger, P.E. (2007). Effect of HMB supplementation on the body composition and muscle power output of non competitive sporting males between 19 and 24 years who perform resistance weight training three times a week for 8 weeks. AJPHERD, suppl: 78-92
  • du Toit, P.J., van Vuuren, B., van Heerden, J., de Wet, K.B. (2006). The influence of exhaustion on the metabolism and perceptual motor performance of professional cricket players. AJPHERD, 12 (1); 50-59
  • du Toit, P.J., de Wet, K.B., van Wyk, G., Joubert, A., Lottering, M.L., Kruger, P.E. (2006). The transfer effect in eye-hand coordination skills from the right to the left cerebral hemisphere. AJPHERD ,12 (1): 41-49
  • Joubert, A., Maritz, C., Appelgryn, R., du Toit, P.J., Lottering, M.L. (2003). Influence of Prostaglandin A2 and 2 – Methoxyestradiol on Telomerase Activity in Cancer Cell Lines and a Non-tumorigenic Epithelial Breast Cell Line. Biomedical Research, 24 (3):125-131