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Fakulteta za šport

Assoc. prof. Tadej Debevec, Ph.D.

E-mail: tadej.debevec@fsp.uni-lj.si

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 senior 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 and temperature in health and disease. 

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Recent publications:  

TOMINEC D & DEBEVEC T. Sprint interval training in hypoxia and exercise performance – a short review. Kinesiologia Slovenica. (2023).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG B, PIALOUX V, GIARDINI G, DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Microvascular and oxidative stress responses to acute high‑altitude exposure in prematurely born adults. Scientific Reports. (2023)

DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Importance of measuring/reporting actual barometric data in high-altitude research and medicine. High Altitude Medicine and Biology. (2023).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG B, BOURDILON N, DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. End-tidal CO2 partial pressure is a reliable surrogate of arterial CO2 partial pressure across different O2, CO2, and barometric pressures. ERJ Open Research. (2023)

BLAGUS R, LESKOŠEK B, OKRŠLAR L, VREČEK N & DEBEVEC T. Utility of video analysis and expert modeling for technique development in novice sport climbers: a randomized controlled study. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. (2023).

MLINAR T, DEBEVEC T, KAPUS J, NAJDENOV P, MCDONNELL AC, UŠAJ A, MEKJAVIC IB, JAKI MEKJAVIC P. Retinal blood vessel diameters in children and adults exposed to a simulated altitude of 3,000 m. Frontiers in Physiology. (2023).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG BJ, BOURDILLON N, DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Physiological responses to exercise in hypoxia in preterm adults: convective and diffusive limitations in the O2 transport. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. (2023).

UŠAJ A, SOTIRIDIS A & DEBEVEC T. Cardio-respiratory and muscle oxygenation responses to submaximal and maximal exercise in normobaric hypoxia: Comparison between children and adults. Biology. (2023).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG BJ, DEBEVEC T & MILLET GP. Comment on “The Effect of Preterm Birth on Maximal Aerobic Exercise Capacity and Lung Function in Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. (2023).

GATTERER H, ROCHE J, TURNER R, VINETTI G, ROVERI G, SCHLITTLER M, KOB M, WALZL A, DAL CAPPELLO T, DEBEVEC T & SIEBENMANN C. Changes in body mass, appetite-related hormones and appetite sensation in women during 4 days of hypobaric hypoxic exposure equivalent to 3,500 m altitude. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2023).

NARANG BJ & DEBEVEC T. Remote data collection in altitude research settings: an opportunity to “elevate” both science and practice – comment on Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst - can we perform remote data collection in sport sciences? Viewpoint. Journal of Applied Physiology (2022).

SOTIRIDIS A., DEBEVEC T, GELADAS N & MEKJAVIC IB. Cross-Adaptation between Heat and Hypoxia: Mechanistic Insights into Aerobic Exercise Performance. AJP-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. (2022).

DEBEVEC T, NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, & MILLET GP. Last Word on the Viewpoint - Premature birth: a neglected consideration for altitude adaptation. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2022).

UŠAJ A, KAPUS J, ŠTRUMBELJ B, DEBEVEC T & VODIČAR J. Effects of Moderate Altitude Training Combined with Moderate or High Altitude Residence. International Journal of Sports Medicine. (2022).

DEBEVEC T, NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, & MILLET GP. Viewpoint - Premature birth: a neglected consideration for altitude adaptation. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2022).

DEUTSCH L, DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP, OSREDKAR D, OPARA S, ŠKET R, MUROVEC B, MRAMOR M PLAVEC J & STRES B. Urine and fecal 1H-NMR metabolomes differ significantly between pre-term and full-term born physically fit healthy male adult males. Metabolites. (2022). 

NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Respiratory responses to hypoxia during rest and exercise in individuals born pre-term: A state-of-the-art review. European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2022).

DEUTSCH L, SOTIRIDIS A, MUROVEC B, PLAVEC J, MEKJAVIC I, DEBEVEC T & STRES B. Exercise and Interorgan Communication: Short-Term Exercise Training Blunts Differences in Consecutive Daily Urine  1H-NMR Metabolomic Signatures between Physically Active and Inactive Individuals. Metabolites. (2022).

WASHIF JA,  SANDBAKK Ø, SEILER S...DEBEVEC T....& CHAMARI K. COVID-19 lockdown: A global study investigating athletes’ sport classification and sex on training practices. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. (2022).

NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, KEPIC K, SOTIRIDIS A, OSREDKAR D, BOURDILLON N, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Effects of Pre-Term Birth on the Cardio-Respiratory Responses to Hypoxic Exercise in Children. Life. (2022).

MILLET G.P., DEBEVEC T. & BROCHERIE F. Altitude-induced hematological adaptations and iron differences between women and men – comment on Consider iron status when making sex comparisons in human physiology Viewpoint. Journal of Applied Physiology (2022).

DEBEVEC T, POUSSEL M, OSREDKAR D, WILLIS SJ, SARTORI C, MILLET GP. Post-exercise accumulation of interstitial lung water is greater in hypobaric than normobaric hypoxia in adults born prematurely. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. (2022).

POFFE C, ROBBERECHTS R, PODLOGAR T, KUSTERS M, DEBEVEC T, & HESPEL P. Exogenous ketosis increases blood and muscle oxygenation but not performance during exercise in hypoxia. AJP-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. (2021).

WASHIF JA, FAROOQ A, KRUG I...DEBEVEC T....& CHAMARI K. Training during the COVID-19 lockdown: Knowledge, beliefs, and practices of 12,526 athletes from 142 countries and 6 continents. Sports Medicine. (2021).

PODLOGAR T, BOLČIČ T, CIRNSKI S, VERDEL N & DEBEVEC T. Commercially available carbohydrate drink with menthol fails to improve thermal perception or cycling exercise capacity in males. European Journal of Sports Science. (2021).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG BJ, POUSSEL M, OSREDKAR D, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Long-term effects of prematurity on resting ventilatory response to hypercapnia. High Altitude Medicine & Biology. (2021).

VERDEL N, PODLOGAR T, CIUHA U, CHRISTER HOLMBERG H, DEBEVEC T & SUPEJ M. Reliability and validity of CORE sensor to assess core body temperature during cycling exercise. Sensors. (2021).

TYLER C, DEBEVEC T. & CHEUNG S. Keeping Environmental Physiology Education Up and Running During the COVID19 pandemic. Advances in Physiology Education. (2021).

DEBEVEC T. & RITTWEGER J. Cycling specificity and altitude training considerations – comment on Fragile bones of elite cyclists: to treat or not to treat? Viewpoint. Journal of Applied Physiology (2021).

BROCHERIE F., DEBEVEC T. & MILLET GP Comparing hypoxic and heat stressors – more challenging than it seems. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (2021).

MILLET GP, DEBEVEC T, BROCHERIE F, BURTSCHER M & BURTSCHER J. Altitude and COVID-19: friend or foe? A narrative review. Physiological Reports. (2021).

DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP & BROCHERIE F. Do twelve normobaric hypoxic exposures indeed provoke relevant acclimatization for high-altitude workers? International Journal of Biometeorology (2021).


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