Anika Friedl-Werner

Anika Friedl-Werner, M. Sc.

Doctoral Candidate

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

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Anika Friedl-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 on histological and biochemical methods, such as ELISA, and investigated the effects of different endurance training modalities on the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In 2017 and 2018, Mrs. Friedl-Werner was an ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) mentor for the ESA education project “Fly your thesis”.
Mrs. Friedl-Werner currently pursues a bi-national doctoral degree at Charité and at the University of Caen, Normandie, France where she collaborates with Prof. Dr. Stéphane Besnard and Prof. Dr. Martin Hitier


  • German-French University (DFH): Research grant for a binational doctoral degree (Cotutelle de thèse)


Since January 2016 Mrs. Friedl-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)



Friedl-Werner, A., Brauns, K., Gunga, H. C., Kühn, S., & Stahn, A. C. (2020). Exercise-induced changes in brain activity during memory encoding and retrieval after long-term bed rest. NeuroImage, 223.

Stahn, A. C., Riemer, M., Wolbers, T., Werner, A., Brauns, K., Besnard, S., Denise, P., Kühn, S., & Gunga, H.-C. (2020). Spatial Updating Depends on Gravity. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 14.


Brauns K., Werner A., Gunga H.-C., Maggioni M.A., Dinges D.F., Stahn, A. (2019). Electrocortical Evidence for Impaired Affective Picture Processing after Long-Term Immobilization. Nature Sci Rep 9, 16610, 2019.


Maggioni, M.A., Castiglioni, P., Merati, G., Brauns, K., Gunga, H.-C., Mendt, S., Opatz, S., Rundfeldt, L.C., Steinach, M., Werner, A., Stahn, A. C. (2018). High-Intensity Exercise mitigates cardiovascular deconditioning during long-duration bed rest. Frontiers in Physiology,9:1553.

Masatli, Z., Nordine, M., Maggioni, M.A., Mendt, S., Hilmer, B., Brauns, K.; Werner, A., Schwarz, A., Habazettl, H., Gunga, H.-C., Opatz, O. S. (2018). Gender-Specific cardiovascular reactions to +Gz Interval Training on a short arm human centrifuge. Frontiers in Physiology, 9:1028.


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.