University of Ljubljana

Fakulteta za šport

Assoc. prof. Tadej Debevec, Ph.D.


Phone: 01-520-77-26

COBISS: Cobiss

SICRIS: Sicris

Room: 11004

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I am an associate professor at the Faculty of SportUniversity of Ljubljana and a research associate at “Jozef Stefan” Institute. I received my Ph.D. in 2011 for the work on different altitude/hypoxic & hyperoxic training modalities and their effects on athletic performance. During 2013/2014 I was a Post-doctoral fellow at University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Human Biology, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

My research is primarily oriented at investigating physiological adaptations of humans to different environmental stressors in particular oxygen fraction, barometric pressure, lack of gravity and temperature in health and disease. 

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Recent publications:

MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Cross-Talk proposal: Barometric pressure, independent of PO2, is the forgotten parameter in altitude physiology and mountain medicine. The Journal of Physiology. (2020) In press.

MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Rebuttal from Grégoire Millet and Tadej Debevec. The Journal of Physiology. (2020) In press.

LANCASTER G, DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP, POUSSEL M, WILLIS SJ, MRAMOR M, GORICAR K, OSREDKAR D, DOLŽAN V & STEFANOVSKA A. Relationship between cardiorespiratory phase coherence during hypoxia and genetic polymorphism in humans. The Journal of Physiology. (2020) In press.

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T, CIUHA U, MCDONNELL AC, MLINAR T, ROYAL JT & MEKJAVIC IB. Aerobic but not thermoregulatory gains following a 10-day moderate-intensity training protocol are fitness level-dependent: a cross-adaptation perspective. Physiological Reports. (2020) e14355.

UŠAJ A, MEKJAVIC IB, KAPUS J, MCDONNELL AC, JAKI MEKJAVIC P & DEBEVEC T. Muscle Oxygenation During Hypoxic Exercise in Children and Adults. Frontiers in Physiology. (2019) 10(1385).

DEBEVEC T, PIALOUX V, MILLET GP, MARTIN A, MRAMOR M & OSREDKAR D. Exercise Overrides Blunted Hypoxic Ventilatory Response in Prematurely Born Men. Frontiers in Physiology. (2019) 10(437).

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T, CIUHA U. EIKEN O & MEKJAVIC IB. Heat acclimation does not affect maximal aerobic power in thermoneutral normoxic or hypoxic conditions. Experimental Physiology. (2019) 3(104).

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T, MCDONNELL AC, CIUHA U. EIKEN O & MEKJAVIC IB. Exercise cardiorespiratory and thermoregulatory responses in normoxic, hypoxic and hot environment following 10-day continuous hypoxic exposure. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2018) 4(125).

MARTIN A, FAES C, DEBEVEC T, RYTZ C, MILLET GP & PIALOUX V. Preterm birth and oxidative stress: effects of acute physical exercise and hypoxia physiological responses. Redox Biology. (2018) 17(7) 315-322.

DEBEVEC T, GANSE B, MITTAG U, EIKEN O,  MEKJAVIC IB, & RITTWEGER J. Hypoxia Aggravates Inactivity-related Muscle Wasting. Frontiers in Physiology. (2018) 9(494).

STAVROU N, DEBEVEC T, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Hypoxia worsens affective responses and feeling of fatigue during prolonged bed rest. Frontiers in Psychology. (2018) 9(362).

ROACH RC, HACKETT PH, OELZ O, BÄRTSCH P, LUKS AM, MACINNIS MJ, BAILLIE JK & LAKE LOUISE AMS SCORE CONSENSUS COMMITTEE. The 2018 Lake Louise Acute Mountain Sickness Score. High Altitude Medicine & Biology. (2018) 19(1).

ŠKET R, DEBEVEC T, KUBLIK S, SCHLOTHER M, SCHOELLER A, MUROVEC B, VOGEL MIKUŠ K, MAKUC D, PEČNIK K, PLAVEC J, MEKJAVIĆ IB, EIKEN O, PREVORŠEK Z, & STRES B. Intestinal metagenomes and metabolomes in healthy young males: Inactivity and hypoxia generated negative physiological symptoms precede microbial dysbiosis. Frontiers in Physiology (2018) 9(198).

STREWE C, ZELLER R, FEUERECKER M, HOERL M, MATZEL S, KUMPREJ I, CRISPIN A, JOHANNES B, DEBEVEC T, MEKJAVIC IB, EIKEN O, THIEL M, SCHELLING G, CHOUKÈR A. PlanHab Study: Consequences of combined normobaric hypoxia and bed rest on adenosine kineticsScientific Reports (2018) 8(1):1762.

STAVROU N, DEBEVEC T, EIKEN O & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Hypoxia exacerbates negative emotional state during inactivity: The effect of 21 days hypoxic bed rest and confinement. Frontiers in Physiology. (2018) 9(26).

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T & MEKJAVIĆ IB. Combined Effects of Hypoxia and Heat: Importance of Hypoxic Dose. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. (2018) 314(2): R228-R229.