Fakulteta za šport

Assoc. prof. Tadej Debevec, Ph.D.

E-mail: tadej.debevec@fsp.uni-lj.si

Phone: 01-520-77-26

COBISS: Cobiss

SICRIS: Sicris

Room: 11004

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I am an associate professor at the Faculty of SportUniversity of Ljubljana and a senior research associate at “Jozef Stefan” Institute. I received my Ph.D. in 2011 for the work on different altitude/hypoxic & hyperoxic training modalities and their effects on athletic performance. During 2013/2014 I was a Post-doctoral fellow at University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Human Biology, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

My research is primarily oriented at investigating physiological adaptations of humans to different environmental stressors in particular oxygen fraction and temperature in health and disease. 

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Recent publications:

DEBEVEC T, NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, & MILLET GP. Premature birth: a neglected consideration for altitude adaptation. Journal of Applied Physiology. (2022).

UŠAJ A, KAPUS J, ŠTRUMBELJ B, DEBEVEC T & VODIČAR J. Effects of Moderate Altitude Training Combined with Moderate or High Altitude Residence. International Journal of Sports Medicine. (2022).

DEUTSCH L, DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP, OSREDKAR D, OPARA S, ŠKET R, MUROVEC B, MRAMOR M PLAVEC J & STRES B. Urine and fecal 1H-NMR metabolomes differ significantly between pre-term and full-term born physically fit healthy male adult males. Metabolites. (2022). 

NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Respiratory responses to hypoxia during rest and exercise in individuals born pre-term: A state-of-the-art review. European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2022).

DEUTSCH L, SOTIRIDIS A, MUROVEC B, PLAVEC J, MEKJAVIC I, DEBEVEC T & STRES B. Exercise and Interorgan Communication: Short-Term Exercise Training Blunts Differences in Consecutive Daily Urine  1H-NMR Metabolomic Signatures between Physically Active and Inactive Individuals. Metabolites. (2022).

WASHIF JA,  SANDBAKK Ø, SEILER S...DEBEVEC T....& CHAMARI K. COVID-19 lockdown: A global study investigating athletes’ sport classification and sex on training practices. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. (2022).

NARANG BJ, MANFERDELLI G, KEPIC K, SOTIRIDIS A, OSREDKAR D, BOURDILLON N, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Effects of Pre-Term Birth on the Cardio-Respiratory Responses to Hypoxic Exercise in Children. Life. (2022).

MILLET G.P., DEBEVEC T. & BROCHERIE F. Altitude-induced hematological adaptations and iron differences between women and men – comment on Consider iron status when making sex comparisons in human physiology Viewpoint. Journal of Applied Physiology (2022).

DEBEVEC T, POUSSEL M, OSREDKAR D, WILLIS SJ, SARTORI C, MILLET GP. Post-exercise accumulation of interstitial lung water is greater in hypobaric than normobaric hypoxia in adults born prematurely. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. (2022).

POFFE C, ROBBERECHTS R, PODLOGAR T, KUSTERS M, DEBEVEC T, & HESPEL P. Exogenous ketosis increases blood and muscle oxygenation but not performance during exercise in hypoxia. AJP-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. (2021).

WASHIF JA, FAROOQ A, KRUG I...DEBEVEC T....& CHAMARI K. Training during the COVID-19 lockdown: Knowledge, beliefs, and practices of 12,526 athletes from 142 countries and 6 continents. Sports Medicine. (2021).

PODLOGAR T, BOLČIČ T, CIRNSKI S, VERDEL N & DEBEVEC T. Commercially available carbohydrate drink with menthol fails to improve thermal perception or cycling exercise capacity in males. European Journal of Sports Science. (2021).

MANFERDELLI G, NARANG BJ, POUSSEL M, OSREDKAR D, MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Long-term effects of prematurity on resting ventilatory response to hypercapnia. High Altitude Medicine & Biology. (2021).

VERDEL N, PODLOGAR T, CIUHA U, CHRISTER HOLMBERG H, DEBEVEC T & SUPEJ M. Reliability and validity of CORE sensor to assess core body temperature during cycling exercise. Sensors. (2021).

TYLER C, DEBEVEC T. & CHEUNG S. Keeping Environmental Physiology Education Up and Running During the COVID19 pandemic. Advances in Physiology Education. (2021).

DEBEVEC T. & RITTWEGER J. Cycling specificity and altitude training considerations – comment on Fragile bones of elite cyclists: to treat or not to treat? Viewpoint. Journal of Applied Physiology (2021).

BROCHERIE F., DEBEVEC T. & MILLET GP Comparing hypoxic and heat stressors – more challenging than it seems. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (2021).

MILLET GP, DEBEVEC T, BROCHERIE F, BURTSCHER M & BURTSCHER J. Altitude and COVID-19: friend or foe? A narrative review. Physiological Reports. (2021).

DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP & BROCHERIE F. Do twelve normobaric hypoxic exposures indeed provoke relevant acclimatization for high-altitude workers? International Journal of Biometeorology (2021).

ŠKET R, DEUTSCH L, PREVORŠEK Z, MEKJAVIĆ IB, PLAVEC J, RITTWEGER J, EIKEN O, DEBEVEC T & STRES B. Systems view of deconditioning during spaceflight simulation in the PlanHab project: The departure of urine 1H-NMR metabolomes from healthy state in young males subjected to bedrest inactivity and hypoxia. Frontiers in Physiology (2020) 

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T, GELADAS N  & MEKJAVIC IB. Are five 60-min sessions of isothermic heat-acclimation sufficient to elicit beneficial physiological adaptations? European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2020).

DEBEVEC T., BURTSCHER J & MILLET GP. Preterm birth: Potential risk factor for greater COVID-19 severity? Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. (2020) 

MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Might hypobaria explain the different effects of expiratory resistance mask in normobaric vs hypobaric hypoxia? High Altitude Medicine & Biology. (2020)

DEBEVEC T, PIALOUX V, POUSSEL M, WILLIS SJ, MARTIN A, OSREDKAR D, & MILLET GP. Cardio-respiratory, oxidative stress and acute mountain sickness responses to normobaric and hypobaric hypoxia in prematurely born adults.  European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2020).

SOTIRIDIS A, CIUHA U, DEBEVEC T & MEKJAVIC IB. Heat acclimation does not modify autonomic responses to core cooling and the skin thermal comfort zone. Journal of Thermal Biology. (2020). 

UŠAJ A & DEBEVEC T. Time-dependent physiological changes—the missing piece of the marathon puzzle? Journal of Applied Physiology. (2020). 128:1069–1085.

DEBEVEC T & LEE B. On the climbing performance enhancing effects of New Zealand blackcurrant extract. European Journal of Applied Physiology. (2020).

MARTIN A, MILLET GP, OSREDKAR D, MRAMOR M, FAES C, GOURAUD E, DEBEVEC T & PIALOUX V. Effect of pre-term birth on oxidative stress responses to normoxic and hypoxic exercise. Redox Biology. (2020) (32) 1014978.

MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Cross-Talk proposal: Barometric pressure, independent of PO2, is the forgotten parameter in altitude physiology and mountain medicine. The Journal of Physiology. (2020)

MILLET GP & DEBEVEC T. Rebuttal from Grégoire Millet and Tadej Debevec. The Journal of Physiology. (2020)

LANCASTER G, DEBEVEC T, MILLET GP, POUSSEL M, WILLIS SJ, MRAMOR M, GORICAR K, OSREDKAR D, DOLŽAN V & STEFANOVSKA A. Relationship between cardiorespiratory phase coherence during hypoxia and genetic polymorphism in humans. The Journal of Physiology. (2020)

SOTIRIDIS A, DEBEVEC T, CIUHA U, MCDONNELL AC, MLINAR T, ROYAL JT & MEKJAVIC IB. Aerobic but not thermoregulatory gains following a 10-day moderate-intensity training protocol are fitness level-dependent: a cross-adaptation perspective. Physiological Reports. (2020) e14355.


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