Anika Werner


Anika Werner, M. Sc.

Doctoral Candidate

Center for Space Medicine Berlin
Charité Cross Over
Charitéplatz 1 
10117 Berlin

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Anika Werner studied Exercise Physiology at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and University of Örebro, Sweden. Before she joined the Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments in October 2015, she was working as a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development where she was involved in various (f)MRI studies. As part of this position she wrote her bachelor thesis about the effects of sensory deprivation on preparatory motor activity. During her Masters in Sweden she focused more on histological and biochemical methods, such as ELISA and investigated the effects of different endurance training modalities on the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).
Since 2017 she is enrolled in a binational doctoral programme that is carried out in close cooperation with the University of Caen, France.
Furthermore, Mrs. Werner is currently an ELGRA mentor for the ESA education project “Fly your thesis”.


Since January 2016 Mrs. Werner was assigned as the study coordinator of the following projects:

  • Effects of Isolation and Confinement on Hippocampal Volume and Visa-Spatial Memory (Neuroplasticity in HERA)

  • Impact of Bed Rest on Cognitive Performance and its Mechanisms: Interactions between Central Inflammatory Responses, Autonomic Nervous Control and Brain Structure and Function.

  • Effects of Parabolic Flight on Spatial Cognition and Hippocampal Plasticity (HypoCampus)



Kühn, S.; Werner, A., Lindenberger, U., & Verrel, J. (2014). Acute immobilization facilitates premotor preparatory activity for the non-restrained hand when facing grasp affordances. NeuroImage, 92, 69-73.