Prof. Gunga in the "Tagesspiegel"

Prof. Gunga has been featured in the "Tagesspiegel". His main scientific focusses are presented in a comprehensive coverage. Click to access the article (in German language).

Orbituary Notice

Sadly, Prof. Kirsch, former director of the Institute of Physiology and founder of the integrative physiology research group that led to the Center for Space Medicine, has passed away December 22nd. This loss is deeply felt by all worked with him and shared his enthusiasm.
The entire Institute and Center offer their condolences to Prof. Kirsch's family.

Bundesverdienstkreuz for Prof. Gunga

Prof. Gunga has received the "Bundesverdienstkreuz" (Order of Merit). The award
honors his research in extreme environments, with which he has made outstanding
contributions to science and Berlin as a science location. Photo © Nils Bornemann
Charité Press Release

Two Degrees Make A Difference

Prof. Gunga discusses the changes that climate change has on mankind.
Click the link below to access the video-interview and discussion (in German):
Two Degrees Make A Difference

Interview with Prof. Gunga at "1:1"

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Click the link below to access the interviews with Prof. Gunga (in German):
RNF Talkreihe 1:1 mit Prof. Gunga

Case Study "Antarctic Crossing"

British Army medical officer and physiotherapist Preet Chandi will perform the first unsupported crossing of Antarctica (1700 km). The Center for Space Medicine and the Ultra Sports Science Foundation will conduct a case study to accompany this extreme undertaking scientifically. First measurements took place in August 2022.

COSPAR 2022 Scientific Assembly

The COSPAR - Committee On Space Research - 2022, takes place in Athens with its mission to ‘assemble a worldwide community of scientists who are dedicated to international cooperation in space research’. Click above to access the COSPAR website.

Presentation on Climate Change

Prof. Gunga and PD Dr. Maggioni at the Symposium Climate Change and Pandemics for the 60th Jubilee of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Heath- HIGH Heidelberg University. Click above for the video presentation (English) on climate change and additional heat impact on humans in sub-Saharan Africa.


Prof. Gunga gives insight in space-medicine research in this video-documentation about the struggle of human's presence in space and its medical implications by "arte". (Click above for the video, in German language.)

ERASMUS - Program

ERASMUS Mundus Joint Venture: Representatives of Universities Caen and Ljubljana meet in Berlin for 3rd Conference to finalize new "SpaceMed" course of studies with support of the European Union. Information about the new course within the ERASMUS program can be found here as a PDF. Information about the SpaceMed-course are available here a a Powerpoint-File.

Interview with Prof. Gunga

How does the human body react to extreme environments? What can be derived from research findings to treat patients and apply knowledge to various diseases? Click above to access the podcast (in German language).

DFG-delegation in Senegal

A delegation of the German Research Foundation (DFG) met with representatives of the Conseil Africain et Malgache pour L'Ensignement Supérieur (CAMES) to sign a memorandum for scientific collaboration.

Triathlete Jonas Deichmann at the "ZWMB"

Jonas Deichmann, who has just completed a Triathlon around the world, visited the Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments in Berlin on December 7th, to conduct measurements on his recovery. This will be an ongoing study by Dr. Mathias Steinach (ZWMB) and Anne Vogt (Neuroscience Research Center - NWFZ). Click above for more information.

"Cosmic Kiss" Mission of Astronaut Matthias Maurer

On Sunday, November 21st, Prof. Blottner, along with former Astronaut Thomas Reiter and Jennifer Ngo-Anh of ESA Human and Robotics Division will talk about the current mission of Matthias Maurer (Click above to access the link; Session will start on Sunday Nov. 21st, 06:30h CET).

Prof. Gunga at "DAS"

Prof. Gunga gives an interview at "DAS" on physiolgical and psychological reactions of humans in extreme environments, such as long-duration space missions. (Click above to access the podcast, in German language).

New Publication by AG Stahn

During the Apollo 14 mission astronauts Ed Mitchell and Alan Shepard had to abort a traverse on there moon because of spatial disorientation. Here we highlight the importance of better understanding the effects of spaceflight on spatial abilities, and their brain correlates, and the need to develop individualized countermeasures to address phenotypic differences.

New Publication by AG Stahn

Can life in extreme environments foster our understanding of the limits and adaptability of cognition and brain plasticity? In the recent issue in Trends in Cognitive Sciences Drs. Stahn & Kühn summarize how spaceflight research in humans provides unique opportunities to gain new insights into the role of experiential diversity on brain and spatial cognition.

Prof. Gunga and Dr. von Hirschhausen in "Stern - Video"

Prof. Gunga and Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen show the impact and consequences of climate change, especially the heat-waves that strike during the summer months. Click to access the video (German language).

Climate Change and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

"Prof Gunga visiting Wagai Healthcare facility (Siaya County, Kisumu, Kenya) for the DFG project “Climate change and health in Sub-Saharan Africa” in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)" (Click the picture above for more information.)

ESA Research MD at the Center for Space Medicine

The CardiCorTEx Study - ESA/DLR sponsored study - is ready to start. ESA MD Dr. Hannes Hagson visited the ZWMB for training. Dr. Maggioni and colleagues will evaluate circadian rhythm alterations in Antarctica by functional biomarkers as heart rate variability and core body temperature during winter over at Concordia Station (3233 m asl).

Heat and Health

A second on-site inspection of the Campus Benjamin-Franklin was conducted by scientists and politicians to advance the project "Heat and Health".

Climate Change and Health

A comprehensive webinar with Prof. Gunga about climate change and its impact, especially in the urban environment. Click to access the Youtube-Video (in German language).

Climate Change and Health

A podcast interview with Prof. Gunga on the "Amboss-Network" regarding climate change and health (in German language - click on the slide to access the podcast).

Lecture Series "Climate Change"

Climate change is a global challenge, perhaps the most important of the 21st century. Click above to access the Youtube-Video of this lecture series featuring Prof. Gunga on health-issues arising from climate change (lecture in German).

The latest publication in Frontiers in Physiology

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The latest publication in Scientific Reports

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The latest publication in NPJ Microgravity

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Oustanding Publication of 2019

The research article "Brain Changes in Response to Long Antarctic Expeditions" published in the "New England Journal of Medicine" (Impact Factor: 71), regarding the effects of social isolation and extreme environmental conditions on the brain, has gained the highest internet attention of all publications of the Charité in 2019. Click above for more information (PDF).

Interview with Asst. Professor Dr. Alexander Stahn

regarding similarities between isolation in Antarctica and the current "Corona"-Crisis. (Article in German)

Brain Changes in Response to Long Antarctic Expeditions

Asst. Prof. Dr. Alexander Stahn has led a long duration study to investigate isolation and confinement in Antarctica on the human brain. The results were published in the "New England Journal of Medicine". A PDF from "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (article in German) can be found by clicking the picture above.

Greetings from ISS

Alexander Gerst wearing the Double-Sensor for "Circadian Rhythms"-Experiment

From Space to Earth

Studies to simulate life in space on earth

From Earth to Space

Technologies and applications to serve men and women in space

Exercise in Extreme Environments

Investigating the physiological impact of the Yukon Arctic Ultramarathon

Chile Alma Observatory Study

Investigating the physiological reactions to hypobaric conditions

Cognitive Function in Space

Investigating neuro-cognitive function under simulated conditions of space


Investigating the changes in thermoragulation under real microgravity aboard ISS

Mars 500

500 days of a simulated journey to the Red Planet

Nathan Zuntz - pioneer in altitude physiology

His life and work by Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christian Gunga

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