University of Ljubljana

Fakulteta za šport

Assist. prof. Tadej Debevec, Ph.D.


Phone: 01-520-77-26

COBISS: Cobiss

SICRIS: Sicris

Room: 11004

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I am an assistant 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:

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. (in press). (IF = 2.91) 

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. (in press). (IF = 3.26)

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. (IF = 6.86)

DEBEVEC T, GANSE B, MITTAG U, EIKEN O,  MEKJAVIC IB, & RITTWEGER J. Hypoxia Aggravates Inactivity-related Muscle Wasting. Frontiers in Physiology. (2018) 9(494). (IF = 4.03)

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). (IF = 4.03)

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). (IF = 1.70)

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). (IF = 4.03)

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.  (IF = 4.26)

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). (IF = 4.03)

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. (IF = 2.98).

POUSSEL M, DEBEVEC T, SARTORI C, WILLIS S, MILLET GP. Larger exercise-induced lung comets increase in adults born preterm in hypobaric vs. normobaric hypoxia. European Respiratory Journal (2017) 50:2268. (IF = 10.57)

ŠKET R, TREICHEL N, KUBLIK S, DEBEVEC T, EIKEN O, MEKJAVIĆ IB, SCHLOTHER M, VITAL M, CHANDLER J, TIEDJE JM, MUROVEC B, PREVORŠEK Z, LIKAR M & STRES B. Hypoxia and inactivity related physiological changes precede or take place in absence of significant rearrangements in bacterial community structure: The PlanHab randomized trial pilot study. PLOS ONE. (2017) 12(12): e0188556. (IF = 2.81)

KAPUS J, MEKJAVIĆ IB, MCDONNELL AC, UŠAJ A, VODIČAR J, NAJDENOV P, JAKOVLJEVIĆ M, JAKI MEKJAVIC P, ŽVAN M & DEBEVEC T. Cardiorespiratory responses of adults and children during normoxic and hypoxic exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine(2017) 38(8): 627-636. (IF = 2.53) [pdf

DEBEVEC T. Hypoxia-related hormonal appetite modulation in humans during rest and exercise: Mini review. Frontiers in Physiology. (2017) 8(366). (IF = 4.03) [pdf]

ŠKET R, TREICHEL N, DEBEVEC T, MEKJAVIĆ IB, EIKEN O, SCHLOTHER M, VITAL M, CHANDLER J, TIEDJE JM, MUROVEC B, PREVORŠEK Z & STRES B. Hypoxia and inactivity related physiological changes (constipation, inflammation) are not reflected at the level of gut metabolites and butyrate producing microbial community: The PlanHab studyFrontiers in Physiology. (2017) 8(250). (IF = 4.03) [pdf

STREWE C, ZELLER R, FEUERECKER M, HOERL M, KUMPREJ I, CRISPIN A, JOHANNES B, DEBEVEC T, MEKJAVIC IB, SCHELLING G & CHOUKER A. PlanHab study: Assessment of psycho-neuroendocrine function in male subjects during 21 days of normobaric hypoxia and bed restStress. (2017) 20:2, 131-139. (IF = 2.20) [pdf]

MILLET GP, DEBEVEC T, BROCHERIE F, GIRARD O & PIALOUX V. Influence of the between-subjects and between-hypoxic conditions variability in oxidative stress. Commentaries on Viewpoint: Human skeletal muscle wasting in hypoxia: a matter of hypoxic dose? Journal of Applied Physiology(2017) 122: 409–411. (IF = 3.01) [pdf

DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Can exercise in hypoxia alleviate NO-dependent detrimental effects of anemia? Commentaries on Viewpoint: Anemia contributes to cardiovascular disease through reductions in nitric oxide. Journal of Applied Physiology(2017) 122: 418–419. (IF = 3.01) [pdf]

DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP & PIALOUX V. Hypoxia-induced oxidative stress modulation with physical activity. Frontiers in Physiology. (2017) 8(84) (IF = 4.03) [pdf]


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