Dr Takshita Sookan

Person Dr Takshita Sookan
Telephone  +27 (0)31 260 7987
Email sookan@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Westville
Research Interests Exercise Physiology/Immunology. Heart rate variability, Nutrition, Microdialysis and Lipidomics application in, sport, exercise, noncommunicable diseases and health.
Designation Lecturer and Research Coordinator (BELS)
 Biosketch Dr Takshita Sookan is a registered Biokineticist, Lecturer and Research coordinator in the Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS). She has completed an undergraduate degree in BSc Sport Science (cum laude), Honours in Biokinetics, and coursework Master’s degree in Sport Science (Biokinetics) (cum laude). She graduated with her PhD in 2016 her study looked at the effects of combined resistance training and whey protein intake on strength, body composition, immunity, cardiometabolic disease risk and quality of life in HIV-infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy. Her current research focuses around the use of exercise interventions and nutrition in clinical populations. Her goal is to find novel sustainable interventions such as exercise to decrease the burden on health care systems in South Africa and promote healthy lifestyles with emphasis on exercise as medicine. Her broad research aim is Tailored Exercise Prescribed as Medicine (TEPAM). Dr Sookan has received the National Research Foundation post PhD Thuthuka grant and the University of KwaZulu Natal’s, College of Health Sciences young researchers competitive grant for a novel new method in Africa using Microdialysis in determining TEPAM for type 2 diabetics. Her work in promoting Biokinetics using exercise as medicine has made an impact in the public sector and she has initiated both research and learning opportunities for students within the field at the Department of Health’s, Wentworth Hospitals, Diabetic Clinic, which is one of the first opportunities for Biokinetics students in South Africa. Her research has been multidisciplinary engaging various stakeholders and health care professionals both locally and internationally.

 ResearchGate Profile

List of Publications Five minute recordings of Heart Rate Variability in physically active students: Repeatability and Gender characteristics. (CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA • Vol 22, No 3, May/June 2011)