Rudolph Schutte

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BSc (Hons) Medical Science

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Physiology , Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Research Supervision:Yes

Rudolph is the course leader for Medical Science BSc (Hons) at Anglia Ruskin University.


Rudolph's research career reflects consistent high - quality outputs in the form of high impact publications and the successful delivery of masters and doctoral students. In addition to his position at Anglia Ruskin University, he is affiliated with the Hypertension in Africa Research Team ,  in South Africa Rudolph is the first or co-author of 114 publications and has an H-index of 24.

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Research interests

Rudolph’s research interests in the field of cardiovascular physiology and epidemiology is varied and addresses various hotly debated topics involving the use of urinary albumin excretion as a marker of cardiovascular damage and its prognostic significance in cardiovascular disease; blood pressure variability and its clinical applicability in cardiovascular risk stratification; leptin and its effects on the cardiovascular system; and even environmental cadmium pollution and its effects on the cardiovascular- and skeletal system. His research also involved oxidative stress and its involvement in cardiovascular disease and his current research question focusses on and related  alcohol intake, iron loadingoxidative stress and cardiovascular risk.

Areas of research supervision

Rudolph’s experience compliments his role as an educator and mentor. He has been or is currently the first or second supervisor of 11 MSc and 7 data PhD students, with the students actively publishing their work in high-ranking journals such as Journal of Hypertension, impact factor, 4.84 International Journal of Cardiology (impact factor, 3.23); Hypertension Research (impact factor, 3.87), Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease (impact factor, 4.22), and Plos One (impact factor, 3.2).


BSc (Hons) Medical Science 


  • PhD, Cardiovascular Physiology, North-West University
  • MSc, Cardiovascular Physiology, North-West University
  • BSc (Hons), Physiology, North-West University

Memberships, editorial boards


  • Editorial Board member of Scientific reports (impact factor,4.00)
  • Editorial Board member of Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine: Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention (impact factor, 6.05)
  • Professional Member of the International Society of Hypertension

Selected recent publications

Schu tte , R . , Smith ,  L . ,  Wannamethee ,  G. , 2021. Alcohol  – the myth of cardiovascular protection.  Clinical Nutrition , I n Press .

Microbiology Research,, S.R., Schutte, R., Hobson, A.R., 2021. Oral Iron Supplementation—Gastrointestinal Side Effects and the Impact on the Gut Microbiota. Bloor 12, pp491-502.

Zhang, J., Hayden, K., Jackson, R., Schutte, R, 2021. Association of red and processed meat consumption with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in participants with and without obesity: A prospective cohort study. Clinical Nutrition, 40,pp3643-3649.

Ricci, C., Leitzmann, M.F., Freisling, H., Schutte, A.E., Schutte, R., Kruger, S.H., Smuts, C.M., Pieters, M, 2020. Diet and sedentary behaviour in relation to mortality in US adults with a cardiovascular condition. Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey linked to the US mortality registry. British Journal of Nutrition124, pp 1329-1337.

Schutte, R., Papageorgiou, M., Najlah, M., Huisman, H.W., Ricci, C., Zhang, J., Milner, N., Schutte, A.E., 2020. Drink types unmask the health risks associated with alcohol intake – prospective evidence from the general population. Clinical Nutrition,39, pp 3168-3174.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,, C., Schutte, A.E., Schutte, R., Smuts, C.M., Pieters, M, 2020. Trends in alcohol consumption in relation to cause-specific and all-cause mortality in the US: A report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey linked to the U.S. mortality registry. Ricci 111, pp 580-589.

Schutte, R., Huisman, H.W., Mels, C.M.C, Botha, S., Kruger, R., Smith, W., Kruger, I.M., Hawkins, M., Smith, L., Breet, L., Schutte, A.E, 2019. Iron loading, alcohol and mortality: a prospective study. Clinical Nutrition,38, pp 1262-1268.

 Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle,, M., Sathyapalan, T., Schutte, R., 2018. Sarcopenia measures and incident osteoporosis in 149,166 postmenopausal women.Papageorgiou10, pp 131-139.

Schutte, R., Whincup, P.H., Papacosta, O., Ramsay, S.E., Lennon, L.T., Macfarlane, P.W., Wannamethee, G., 2017. Liver enzymes are not directly involved in atrial fibrillation: a prospective cohort study. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 47, pp 583-590.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Schutte, R., 2021. Alcohol – the myth of cardiovascular protection. Joint International Society of Hypertension and European Society of Hypertension Conference (online)
  • Schutte, R., 2021. Healthy hearts and the alcohol dilemma. British Science Festival. Chelmsford, UK.

Media experience

The paper above (Schutte, R., Huisman, H.W., Mels, C.M.C, Botha, S., Kruger, R., Smith, W., Kruger, I.M., Hawkins, M., Smith, L., Breet, L., Schutte, A.E, 2019. Iron loading, alcohol and mortality: a prospective study. Clinical Nutrition, 38, pp 1262-1268) received media attention and published by 22 media outlets, got example MailOnline (