Martina A. Maggioni


PD Dr. Martina Anna Maggioni

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

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PD Dr. Martina Anna Maggioni, joined the Aerospace Medicine and Extreme Environments Research Group on October 2012 as a guest researcher coming from the Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy), where she is Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health. She is now Senior Research Associate at the Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Berlin.

She is currently Co-PI and study coordinator of Project 4: Climate change, heat stress and their impact on health and work capacity within the  DFG Research Unit (DFG: German Research Foundation), Climate change and health in Sub-Saharan Africa, DFG-FOR 2936 (2020-2022).

She is Principal Investigator and study coordinator of ESA/DLR sponsored study CardiCorTEx. This study will investigate  circadian rhythm alterations during winter over at Concordia Station (3233 m a.s.l.) in Antarctica, the most remote place on our planet.

Research Fields

  • Cardiovascular autonomic control and brain function. Brain-Heart axis. Study of different analogs for spaceflight, like bed rest, head out water immersion, isolation & confinement (Studies in Antarctica).
  • Heart rate variability as a method to asses stress and resilience, bridging the gap between psychological and physiological functions, towards an integrative neurovisceral approach to investigate the autonomic nervous system.
  • Chronobiology: circadian rhythm assessment in extreme environments, cardiovascular autonomic control and its interplay with core body temperature.
  • Cardiovascular autonomic control and physical performance, especially in extreme environments.
  •  Exercise physiology.

Publications (Selection 2017-2021)

Rabuffetti M, Steinach M, JLichti, Gunga HC, Balcerek B, Becker PN, Michael Fähling M, Merati G, Maggioni MA. The Association of Fatigue with Decreasing Regularity of Locomotion during an Incremental Test in Trained and Untrained Healthy Adult. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 24 November 2021

Barteit S, Boudo V, Ouedraogo A, Zabré P, Ouremi L, Sié A, Munga S, Obor D, Kwaro D, Huhn S, Bunker A, Sauerborn R, Gunga HC, Maggioni MA*, Bärnighausen T.* Feasibility, acceptability and validation of wearable devices for climate change and health research in the low-resource contexts of Burkina Faso and Kenya: Study protocol. PLoS One. 2021 Sep 30;16(9):e0257170. *These authors share the senior authorship

Merati G, Bonato M, Agnello L, Grevers D, Gunga HC, Mendt S, Maggioni MA. Occupational Disorders, Daily Workload, and Fitness Levels Among Fitness and Swimming Instructors. Front Public Health. 2021 Jun 9;9:666019

Janke D, Kagelmann N, Storm C, Maggioni MA, Kienast C, Gunga HC, Opatz O. Measuring Core Body Temperature Using a Non-invasive, Disposable Double-Sensor During Targeted Temperature Management in Post-cardiac Arrest Patients. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021 May 5;8:666908.

Brauns K, Friedl-Werner A, Maggioni MA, Gunga HC, Stahn AC. Head-Down Tilt Position, but Not the Duration of Bed Rest Affects Resting State Electrocortical Activity. Front Physiol. 2021 Feb 24;12:638669.

Maggioni MA, Merati G., Castiglioni P, Mendt S, Gunga H-C, Stahn AC. Reduced vagal modulations of heart rate during overwintering in Antarctica Sci Rep. 2020 Dec 11;10(1):21810.

Balcerek B, Steinach M, Lichti J, Maggioni MA, Becker PN, Labes R, Gunga HC, Persson PB, Fähling M.  A broad diversity in oxygen affinity to haemoglobin. Sci Rep. 2020 Oct 9;10(1):16920.

Maggioni MA* and Rundfeldt LC*, Gunga HC, Joerres M, Merati G, Steinach M. The Advantage of Supine and Standing Heart Rate Variability Analysis to Assess Training Status and Performance in a Walking Ultramarathon. Front Physiol. 2020 Jul 24;11:731*These Authors contributed equally

Prell R, Opatz O, Merati G, Gesche B, Gunga H-C, Maggioni MA. Heart rate variability, risk-taking behavior and resilience in firefighters during a simulated extinguish-fire task. Front Physiol. July  2020

Stahn AC, Maggioni MA, Gunga HC, Terblanche E. Combined protein and calcium β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate induced gains in leg fat free mass: a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2020 Mar 12;17(1):16

Rampichini S, Gervasoni E, Cattaneo D, Rovaris M, Grosso C, Maggioni MA, Merati G. Impaired heart rate recovery after sub-maximal physical exercise in people with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2020 May;40:101960.

Brauns K, Werner A, Gunga HC, Maggioni MA, Dinges DF, Stahn A. Electrocortical Evidence for Impaired Affective Picture Processing after Long-Term Immobilization. Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 12;9(1):16610.

Maggioni MA, Bonato M, Stahn A, La Torre A, Agnello L, Vernillo G, Castagna C, Merati G. Effects of Ball Drills and Repeated-Sprint-Ability Training in Basketball Players. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2019 Jul 1;14(6):757–764.

Maggioni MA, Castiglioni P, Merati G, Brauns K, Gunga H-C, Mendt S, Opatz O, Rundfeldt LC, Steinach M, Werner A, Stahn AC. High-intensity exercise mitigates cardiovascular deconditioning during long-duration bed rest. Front Physiol. 2018 Nov 19;9:1553

Opatz O, Nordine M, Habazettl H, Ganse B, Petricek J, Dosel P, Stahn A, Steinach M, Gunga H-C, Maggioni MA. Limb Skin Temperature as a Tool to Predict Orthostatic Instability. Front Physiol. 2018 Sep 5;9:1241.

Rundfeldt LC*and Maggioni MA*, Coker RH, Gunga HC, Riveros-Rivera A, Schalt A, Steinach M. Cardiac Autonomic Modulations and Psychological Correlates in the Yukon Arctic Ultra: The Longest and the Coldest Ultramarathon. Frontiers in Physiology 9, February 2018 *These Authors contributed equally

Stahn AC, Werner A, Opatz O, Maggioni MA, Steinach M, von Ahlefeld VW, Moore A, Crucian BE, Smith SM, Zwart SR, Schlabs T, Mendt S, Trippel T, Koralewski E, Koch J, Choukèr A, Reitz G, Shang P, Röcker L, Kirsch KA, Gunga HC. Increased core body temperature in astronauts during long-duration space missions. Scientific Reports 7, December 2017

Mendt S, Maggioni MA, Nordine M, Steinach M, Opatz O, Belavý D, Felsenberg D, Koch J, Shang P, Gunga HC, Stahn A. Circadian rhythms in bed rest: Monitoring core body temperature via heat-flux approach is superior to skin surface temperature. Chronobiol Int. 2017;34(5):666-676.