Thermophysiology, Gravitational Physiology, Hyperbaric Medicine
Specialist Anaesthesiology

Center for Space Medicine Berlin
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Charitéplatz 1 
10117 Berlin

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Dr. Opatz joined the research group Space Medicine and Extreme Environments in 2009. After finishing medical school at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg he wrote his doctoral thesis about gender differences in olfactory evoked potentials. He was a doctoral student of Prof. Gerd Kobal and Prof. Thomas Hummel. Today he is a medical doctor and a specialist in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. Moreover he worked as a diving physician at hyperbaric chambers in the Indian Ocean as well as in Germany. Moreover he is the contact person for media communications and the website.

Focus Areas

  • gravitational physiology,
  • thermophysiology and
  • hyperbaric medicine.
  • development  and programming of new medical devices. Fields of interest are the integration of multiple cardiovascular algorithms.


  • Dr. Bergita Ganse (Predecessor) 2009
  • Mathias Kuhring (Bioinformatics, Software development, Internship) 2010
  • Anja Lochner (Medicine, Doctoral Candidate: Thermophysiology) 2009
  • Tobias Trippel (Medicine, Doctoral Candidate: Thermophysiology) 2009
  • Julian Lenk (Medicine, Doctoral Candidate: Anthropometry, Thermophysiology) 2010
  • Evelyn Schnapka (Bioinformatics, Bachelor Thesis: EEG Spectra and Posture)2011
  • Victor Petzinka (Medicine, Student: Medical Database Programming, Internship) 2012
  • Leon Bruder (Medicine, Student: Anthropometry & Statistics, Internship)2012
  • Stefan Forgo (Bioinformatics, Student: Programming Wireless Interface Technology, Thesis) 2012

Fields of Research:

  • Graviational Physiology using LBNP in Cooperation with the Institute of Aviation Medicine Praha (Czech Republic)
  • Gravitational Physiology experiments in the human short arm centrifuge at Nagoya (Japan) and DLR/Cologne (Germany)
  • Research in deep hypothermia and the cardiovascular and thermophysiological effects
  • Development of new electronic devices for physiological data acquisition
  • Setting up a special databank in for applied physiology real time data
  • Time dependent processes and mathematical modeling
  • Immersion and Diving Physiology
  • The Diving Reflex

Recent References (2013-today)

1. Opatz, O; Trippel, T; Lochner, A; Werner, A; Stahn, A; Steinach, M; Lenk, J; Kuppe, H; Gunga, HC; ,Temporal and spatial dispersion of human body temperature during deep hypothermia,British journal of anaesthesia,111,5,768-775,2013,British Jrnl Anaesthesia
2. Opatz, Oliver; Stahn, Alexander; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; ,”Time, space and body temperature—Direction dependency between the typical measurement sites”,Resuscitation,84,,S94-S95,2013,Elsevier
3. Pottinger, E; Maggioni, M; Merati, G; Castiglioni, P; Von Meer, D; Brauns, K; Lieu, V; Opatz, O; Gunga, H; Stahn, A; ,Acute haemodynamic adaptation to 6 degree head down tilt and head out water immersion,6th International Congress of Medicine in Space and Extreme Environments (ICMS),2014,
4. Steinach, M; Tiedemann, J; Kohlberg, E; Maggioni, MA; Opatz, O; Stahn, A; Gunga, HC; ,CHANGES IN VITAMIN D IN OVERWINTERERS IN ANTARCTICA,International Congress of Medicine in Space and Extreme Environments (ICMS),2014,
5. Steinach, M; Opatz, O; ,PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES IN PARTICIPANTS OF AN ULTRAMARATHON IN SUBARCTIC CLIMATE,International Congress of Medicine in Space and Extreme Environments (ICMS),,,,2014,
6. Maggioni, M; Merati, G; Castiglioni, P; Von Meer, D; Brauns, K; Lieu, V; Pottinger, E; Opatz, O; Gunga, H; Stahn, A; ,Autonomic cardiovascular control during head-out water immersion and head-down bed rest,International congress of medicine in space and extreme environments (ICMS),2014,
7. Nordine, Michael; Maggioni, Martina Anna; Stahn, Alexander; Mendt, Stefan; Brauns, Katharina; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; Habazettl, Helmut; Nitsche, Andrea; Opatz, Oliver; ,Form influences function: Anthropometry and orthostatic stability during sustained acceleration in a short arm human centrifuge,Acta Astronautica,115,,138-146,2015,Pergamon
8. Habazettl, Helmut; Stahn, Alexander; Nitsche, Andrea; Nordine, Michael; Pries, AR; Gunga, H-C; Opatz, Oliver; ,Microvascular responses to (hyper-) gravitational stress by short-arm human centrifuge: arteriolar vasoconstriction and venous pooling,European journal of applied physiology,116,1,57-65,2016,Springer Berlin Heidelberg
9. Steinach, Mathias; Kohlberg, Eberhard; Maggioni, Martina Anna; Mendt, Stefan; Opatz, Oliver; Stahn, Alexander; Tiedemann, Josefine; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; ,Changes of 25-OH-Vitamin D during Overwintering at the German Antarctic Stations Neumayer II and III,PloS one,10,12,e0144130,2015,Public Library of Science
10. Steinach, Mathias; Kohlberg, Eberhard; Maggioni, Martina Anna; Mendt, Stefan; Opatz, Oliver; Stahn, Alexander; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; ,Sleep quality changes during overwintering at the German Antarctic stations Neumayer II and III: the gender factor,PloS one,11,2,e0150099,2016,Public Library of Science
11. Habazettl, H; Schwarz, A; Nordine, M; Mulder, E; Gunga, H-c; Opatz, O; ,Contribution of myogenic response to peripheral vasoconstriction during orthostatic challenge,Acta Physiologica,216,,38,2016,
12. Mendt, Stefan; Maggioni, Martina Anna; Nordine, Michael; Steinach, Mathias; Opatz, Oliver; Belavý, Daniel; Felsenberg, Dieter; Koch, Jochim; Shang, Peng; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; ,Circadian rhythms in bed rest: Monitoring core body temperature via heat-flux approach is superior to skin surface temperature,Chronobiology International,,,1-11,2016,Taylor & Francis
13. Habazettl, Helmut; Opatz, Oliver; Nitsche, Andrea; Gunga, Hanns-Christian; ,Effects of Short Arm Human Centrifuge induced Gravity and Hypergravity on the Human Microcirculation,Abstracts (auf USB-Stick),,,310-310,2013,
14. Stahn, A; Brauns, K; Meer, DV; Lieu, V; Gunga, H; Opatz, O; Castiglioni, P; Merati, G; Maggioni, MA; ,Changes in electro-cortical activity during head out water immersion,Humans in Space Symposium (HIS),,,,2015,
15. Nordine, M; Brauns, K; Maggioni, MA; Gunga, H; Opatz, O; ,”Cardiovascular adaptations during sustained acceleration in a short-arm human centrifuge Increases in heart rate, and total peripheral resistance are the main counter-measures during consecutive+ g-force exposure”,IAC-International Astronautical Congress,,,,2014,
16. Mendt, S; Opatz, O; Maggioni, MA; Gunga, HC; Stahn, AC; ,”Comparison of double sensor, skin, and rectal temperature recording for determining circadian rhthm”,Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrtmedizin (DGRLM),,,,2014,
17. Stahn, AC; Mendt, S; Werner, A; Opatz, O; Maggioni, MA; Steinach, M; Gunga, H; ,Phase shifts of circadian core body temperature profiles during Mars500,International Astronautical Congress (IAC),2014,
18. Maggioni, MA; Gunga, HC; Opatz, O; Stahn, A; Steinach, M; Merati, G; ,Breathing exercises during late pregnancy in a microgravity-like environment,19. IAA Humans in Space Symposium,,,,2013,
19. Opatz, O; Stahn, AC; Steinach, M; ,Can skin temperature recordings predict GLOC?,DGLRM-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft-und Raumfahrtmedizin,,,,2014,
Stahn, A; Maggioni, MA; Villa, F; Laing, C; Mulder, E; Rittweger, J; Petrat, G; Merati, G; Opatz, O; Gunga, H; ,Application of a new mobile segmental bioimpedance spectroscopy device for tracking fluid shifts during different g-levels,Human in Space Symposium (HIS),2015,