Edith Peters-Futre

Edith Peters-Futre


 Professor EM Peters-Futre


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Research Interests

Exercise Physiology, Immunology and Public Health

Although my personal research focus has centered around the link between Exercise Immunology and Nutrition, my research activities have also been directed by the interests of my post-graduate students in sports science/medicine. These have spanned sport psychology, education, biomechanics, cardiorespiratory and environmental exercise physiology, hydration status and most recently, public health. ResearchGate Profile


Edith Peters-Futre has been on the staff of UKZN since 1997 and in the position of Associate Professor since 2005. As a leading South African middle distance athlete, her first qualification was a degree in Sport Science from the University of Stellenbosch. She obtained her post-graduate qualifications at the UCT Medical School studying under the highly respected Professor Tim Noakes and obtained her PhD in Exercise Immunology.
Since joining the staff of the Department of Physiology at UKZN in 1997, she has been actively involved in the Masters in Sports Medicine Course. She has successfully supervised research dissertations of 18 Masters and a PHD student in Sports Medicine and /or Exercise Physiology. In 2005 she was awarded a C2 rating by the National Research Foundation. She has 47 publications in refereed journals, was an active regular reviewer for numerous national/international journals and has received international recognition for her work in the field of Exercise Immunology. Currently approaching her mid 60’s, Professor Peters is now reaping the rewards of her life-long focus on personal physical health and fitness, completing both the Midmar Mile and swimming the Dolphin Mile in the open sea earlier this year!  She intends to remain actively affiliated to UKZN in an Honary capacity on retiring.

Selected Recent Publications since 2000

1.Rose S, Peters EM (2008): Ad Libitum fluid intake maintains the hydration status of Amateur Mountain Bikers. British J Spts Med, Published on line: 6 June 2008.

2.Peters EM: Vitamins, Immunity and Infection Risk in Athletes In: Nieman DC, Pederson BK (eds): Nutrition and Exercise Immunology, CRC Press, Florida, 2000

3.Nieman DC, Peters, EM, Henson DA, Nevines EI, Thompson MM (2000). Influence of Vitamin C supplementation on cytokine changes following an ultramarathon. J Interferron & Cytokine Res 20(11): 1029-35.

4. Peters EM, Anderson R, Theron AJ (2001). Attenuation of the increase in circulating cortisol and enhancement of the acute phase response in vitamin C-supplemented ultramarathon runners. Int J Sports Med 22: 120-6.

5.Peters EM, Anderson R, Nieman DC, Fickl H, Joggesar V (2001). Vitamin C supplementation attenuates the increases in circulating cortisol, adrenaline and anti-inflammatory polypeptides following ultramarathon running. Int J Sports Med 22 (7), 537-43.

6.Peters EM (2003): Nutritional aspects in ultraendurance exercise. Current Opinion in Nutrition and Metabolic Care 6(4): 427-34.

7.Peters EM (2004). Postrace Upper Respiratory Tract ”Infections” in ultramarathoners: Infection, allergy or inflammation? S.A. Sports Medicine 16(1): 3-9.

8.Khan S, Peters EM (2004). A physiological appraisal of the Aerobic Riding. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 18(3), 416-421.

9.Peters EM, Robson PJ, Kleinveldt N, Naiker V (2004). Haematological Response to Ultramarathon Running: The effect of training status and taper. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 4(3): 315-321.

10.Peters EM (2004). Interleukin-6: Exercise factor and modulator of metabolic function. S.A. Sports Medicine 16(3), 3-9.

11.Peters, EM, Anderson R, Nieman DC (2005). Augmentation of the Acute Phase Response in Vitamin C-Supplemented Ultramarathoners. S.A. Sports Medicine 17(1), 4-10.

12.Raghamodaan HK, Peters EM and Goetzsche, J.M (2005). The dietary and fluid intake practices of participants in a multi-day endurance kayaking event. S.A. Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation 27 (2): 69-83.

13.McLean M, Van Wyk J, Peters EM, Higgins-Opitz (2006). The small group in problem-based learning: More than a cognitive ‘learning’ experience for first year medical students in a diverse population. Medical Education 28 (4): e94-e103.

14.Peters EM, Higgins-Opitz, McLean M, van Wyk J (2006). Enhanced Dietary Awareness and Lifestyle Changes in First Year Medical Students following Exposure to Problem-Based Nutrition Education, SA Journal of Family Medicine. 48(7): 15a-f.

15.Peters EM, Van Eden M, Tyler N, Ramataur A, Chuturgoon A (2006). Prolonged exercise does not cause lymphocyte DNA damage or increased apoptosis in well-trained endurance athletes. European J Appl Physiol. 98(2): 124-131.

16.Naiker M, McLean M, Peters EM (2007): Poor peak dorsiflexor torque associated with incidence of ankle injury in elite field female hockey players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 10, 363- 371.

17.Rose S, Chipps J, Peters EM (2007): The fluid intake practices of mountain bikers. SA J Sports Medicine. 19(3): 52-58.

18.Van Wyk J, McLean M, Peters EM (2007). Using student evaluation in a problem-based learning curriculum to support transformation in Higher Education. Further and Higher Education Review. 1: 45-69.

19.Rose S, Peters EM (2008): Ad Libitum fluid intake maintains the hydration status of Amateur Mountain Bikers. British J Spts Med, Published on line: 6 June 2008.

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