Gert Maritz, Sr


I worked at UWC since March 1975 as lecturer in the Department of Physiology. I retired at the end of April 2013 as Senior Professor in the Department of Medical Biosciences. All the promotions to Senior Professor were ad hominem. After retirement I was awarded the Emeritus Professor position. During my tenure at UWC I served on various departmental, faculty, senate and council committees. I also completed MBA.
I acted as external examiner for the Physiology courses in most Dental and Medical Schools in South Africa as well as for the Medical School in Harare, Zimbabwe. I was also appointed as inspector of the Physiology courses at the Dental and Medical Schools at the University of the Witwatersrand by the then Medical Council.
I acted as examiner/external examiner for several M- (29) and D-students (8).
My research dealt with the the effect of maternal nicotine exposure during gestation and lactation on lung development in the offspring. I collaborated with researchers mostly at Monash University Australia. I worked more closely with Prof Richard Harding at Monash during which timewe studied the effect of intrauterine growth retardation, placental insufficiency and inadequate nutrient supply on lung development.
I wrote many peer reviewed research articles (79), chapters in books (8) and recently completed a second book on effect of grand-parental lifestyle on the health of their progeny. I also presented several radio interviews regarding my research.
Publications and congress participation since 2013.
Tobacco smoking; Patterns, health consequences and future health. Lambert Academic Press. ISBN: 978-3-659-38678-7 (2013)
My Health: Are my grand-parents to blame? Manuscript accepted and edited. To be published by Publshing World. (2016)
Chapter in book
MARITZ, G.S. (2013) 2nd edition Nicotine exposure during early development: Effects on the lung In; The Lung: Development, Aging and the environment, Part 2: Environmental Influences on Lung Development and Aging. (Chapter 22)
Maritz GS, Mutemwa M. (2014) The effect of grand maternal nicotine exposure during gestation and lactation on lung integrity of the F2 generation. Pediatr Pulmonol 49(1):67-75
W.C.A. Gelderblom, E. Joubert,K. Gamieldien, L.Sissing, C.J. Malherbe, G. Maritz (2016). Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) and cancer bush (Sutherlandia frutescens subsp. microphylla) protect against tobacco-specific mutagenesis in vitro. South African Journal of Botany 06/2016; DOI:10.1016/j.sajb.2016.06.004
Effect of Maternal nicotine exposure on lung development: An overview.
Invited as guest speaker at the 30th meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand.
MSc (2014)
The effect of nicotine exposure on foetal alveolar wall composition and attenuation by tomato juice. (J Adonis, Dept Of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape, 2014)
PhD (2013)
Maternal nicotine exposure induce premature aging in the lungs of the offspring. (M Mutemwa, Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I wrote many articles for science journals before I attempted my first book. Like writing articles for science journals, the joy in writing is to share information with readers in a different context. This may help people to see certain often controversial issues in a new light. Add to that the search for more information on the topic at hand. Gaining ore knowledge and consequently a better understanding of issues is always something I enjoy.
What are you working on next?
My first e-book was about the homosexual debate. The aim was to make people understand the truth, namely that it is not a choice. My next e-book, which is virtually finished, will explain how the lifestyle of parents and even grand parents can make their offspring more susceptible to diseases such as respiratory, heart, diabetes mellitus and other diseases even if they are not following the same lifestyle, for example smoking.
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They Are Born That Way: All Truths Are Easy To Understand Once They Are Discovered
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