Bergita Ganse


Dr. med. Bergita Ganse

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrtmedizin
Linder Höhe
51147 Köln

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Bergita Ganse is a medical doctor who worked in the Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments in 2008/2009. She joined us after graduating from Lübeck University, where she had also completed her doctoral thesis (Dr. med.) on two-stage hip revision arthroplasty. While working with us, she was involved in a number of research projects including dinosaur physiology. Bergita is now a medical specialist in physiology and a fully qualified pre-hospital emergency physician (German Notarzt). She completed basic training as orthopaedic and trauma surgeon in 2011. Bergita is involved in a great number of research projects on bone, muscle and cartilage/IVD tissue. She mainly applies imaging techniques such as MRI and pQCT, but also takes muscle biopsies and helped to develop „optical segment tracking“ with her team at DLR, a method to measure bone deformation in-vivo. She is currently involved in projects dealing with spaceflight back pain and IVD-physiology in weightlessness.

Research Focus

  • Musculoskeletal system in Spaceflight
  • Muscle, bone and cartilage/IVD physiology
  • Sports injuries
  • Dinosaur physiology


  •   Head Medical Doctor: ESA bed rest study MEP
  •  Co-I: ISS experiment SARCOLAB
  •  Co-I: ESA bed rest study NUC
  •  European Commission FP7 project “Planetary Habitat Simulation” (acronym: PlanHab)
  •  A number of DLR research projects

Recent References

  1. Yang PF, Sanno M, Ganse B, Koy T, Brüggemann GP, Müller LP, Rittweger J. In vivo application of an optical segment tracking approach for bone loading regimes recording in humans: A reliability study. Med Eng Phys., 36:1041-46, 2014
  2. Ganse B, Yang PF, Brüggemann GP, Müller LP, Rittweger J, Koy T. Reply to the letter to the editor by Liu and Li. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact., 14(2):245, 2014
  3. Ganse B, Degens H, Korhonen M, Drey M, McPhee J, Müller K, Rittweger J. Impact of age, performance and athletic event on injury rates in master athletics – First results from an ongoing prospective study. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact., 14(2):148-54, 2014
  4. Yang PF, Sanno M, Ganse B, Koy T, Brüggemann GP, Müller LP, Rittweger J. Torsion and antero-posterior bending in the in vivo human tibia loading regimes during walking and running. PLoS ONE, 14;9(4):e94525, 2014
  5. Ganse B, Yang PF, Brüggemann GP, Mueller L, Rittweger J, Koy T. In-vivo measurements of human bone deformation using Optical Segment Tracking: surgical approach and validation in a three-point bending test. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact., 14(1):95-103, 2014
  6. Ireland A, Maden-Wilkinson T, Ganse B, Degens H, Rittweger J. Effects of Age and Starting Age upon Side-Asymmetry in the Arms of Veteran Tennis Players: a Cross-Sectional Study. Osteoporosis Int., 25(4):1389-400, 2014
  7. Ganse B, Limper U, Bühlmeier J, Rittweger J. Petechiae – reproducible pattern of distribution and increased appearance after bedrest. Aviat Space Environ Med., 84(8):864-6, 2013