South African Young Academy of Science

Aletta Millen

Aletta Millen

Prof Aletta Millen completed her BSc Sport Science degree, Honours in Biokinetics and MSc degree at Stellenbosch University where she received the Rector’s Medal for academic excellence. She completed her PhD in cardiovascular physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Aletta recently completed her MBA degree, with distinction, at the WIts. Prof Millen is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Physiology at Wits. She is a part of a team of researchers in the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit (CPGRU), which carries out research to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. Within the CPGRU, Prof Millen has developed her own research niche where she drives two independent research thrusts. Firstly, her research is elucidating the contribution and mechanisms of inflammation to subclinical cardiovascular disease. She is also passionate about the prevention and management of chronic diseases in South Africa through lifestyle, hence her second area of research, builds on her early experience with exercise physiology and focuses on the use of exercise in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease risk and target organ damage in obesity, diabetes and also in states of inflammation. Prof Millen has graduated 2 PhD and 11 MSc students, and she has published more than 35 papers in internationally accredited journals. She has received several competitive grants for her research and was named among the Mail & Guardian top 200 Young South Africans.