Karl Venter was born
in Kroonstad in 1958. He matriculated in 1976 at Afrikaanse
Hoër Seunskool in Pretoria and obtained the following
degrees from the University of the Orange Free State: B
Med Sc (1981), MB ChB (1985) and M Fam Med
(1990). After completion of his compulsory internship in Bloemfontein,
he held a position as medical officer in the Department of
Family Medicine and the South African Defence Force, before
becoming a clinical assistant in the Department of Family
In January 1991 he started his career as a Clinical Pharmacologist
and lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, UOFS. Karl
progressed to Principal Clinical Pharmacologist within the
department and acted as interim head of the department on
two separate occasions for a period of two years in total.
Karl has been an active member of the South African Pharmacology
Society since 1991 and he also served extensively on several
boards and committees pertaining to the fields of pharmacology
and toxicology. Providing a high quality, up-to-date DTI service
has been one of his main responsibilities since 1991. Karl
is co-founder of SADTI and since January 2001 he has been
in full-time private DTI-practice as a director of Venter
& Fourie Inc.
Nyda Fourie was born
in Schweizer-Reneke in 1964. After completion of her school
career at the Hoërskool Schweizer-Reneke, she obtained
the following qualifications: MB ChB in 1988 and M
Fam Med (cum laude) in 1992 from the UOFS. She held a
position as medical officer in the Department of Family Medicine
before becoming a clinical assistant in the same department.
She joined the Department of Pharmacology at the UOFS in
January 1994 as a Clinical Pharmacologist and lecturer. She
progressed to the position of Senior Clinical Pharmacologist
/ lecturer, a position which she held until September 2000.
Nyda has played a leading role as consultant in the department
of Pharmacology, UOFS drug and toxicology information service
since 1994. She has also been an active member of the South
African Pharmacology Society since 1994 and she has served
on several other committees related to pharmacology and toxicology.
Nyda is co-founder of SADTI and since January 2001 she has
been in full-time private DTI-practice as a director of Venter
& Fourie Inc.