Dr. agr. Winfried Otten

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
working group Psychophysiology
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Determination of glucocorticoids in hair and feathers as a biological indicator for retrospective minimally-invasive monitoring of animal welfare in different livestock species
  • Tryptophan metabolism: relevance for immune function, mood and behaviour
  • Analyses of neurotransmitters, catecholamines, their precursors and metabolites in biological samples using high performance liquid chromatography

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1992-present: Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf, Institute of Institute of Behavioural Physiology
  • 1993: Ph.D. at the Technical University of Munich
  • 1984-1989: Technical University of Munich, studies of agriculture with focus on animal production

Publications

Couret, D.; Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Prunier, Armelle; Merlot, E. (2009):
Behavioural, endocrine and immune responses to repeated social stress in pregnant gilts. Animal 3 (1): 118-127
https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1751731108003236
Puppe, B.; Meunier-Salaün, M.C.; Otten, W.; Orgeur, P. (2008):
The welfare of piglets.. In: Welfare of Pigs (L. Faucitanio & A.L. Schaefer, Hrsg.) Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen (978-90-8686-066-1): 97-132
Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Nürnberg, G. (2008):
Repeated administrations of adrenocorticotropic hormone during late gestation in pigs: maternal cortisol response and effects on fetal HPA axis and brain neurotransmitter systems. Theriogenology 69 (3): 312-322
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2007.09.025
Merlot, E.; Couret, D.; Otten, W. (2008):
Prenatal stress, fetal imprinting and immunity. Brain Behav Immun 22 (1): 42-51
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2007.05.007
Schulz, C.; Ritzmann, M.; Palzer, A.; Otten, W.; Heinritzi, K. (2007):
Verlauf der Noradrenalin- und Adrenalinkonzentrationen vor und nach der Kastration von Saugferkeln mit und ohne Isofluran-Narkose . Deut tierarztl Woch 114 (12): 454-459
https://dx.doi.org/10.2377/0341-6593-114-454
Otten, W. (2007):
Review of the book “On farm monitoring of pig welfare”. Livest Prod Sci 112: 173
Couret, D.; Prunier, Armelle; Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Meunier-Salaün, Marie-Christine; Mounier, Anne-Marie; Lefebvre, Michel; Merlot, E. (2007):
Conséquences d'une instabilité sociale chronique sur le bien-être des truies gestantes: réponses comportementales, endocriniennes et immunitaires. Journées de la Recherche Porcine 39: 63-68
Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Puppe, B.; Nürnberg, G. (2007):
Repeated administrations of adrenocorticotropic hormone during gestation in gilts: Effects on growth, behaviour and immune responses of their piglets. Livest Prod Sci 106: 261-270
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2006.08.012
Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, M. (2006):
Changes of endocrine and neurochemical profiles in neonatal pigs prenatally exposed to increased maternal cortisol. J Endocrinol 191 (1): 207-220
https://dx.doi.org/10.1677/joe.1.06868
Heinritzi, K.; Ritzmann, M.; Otten, W. (2006):
Alternativen zur Kastration von Saugferkeln, Bestimmung von Katecholaminen sowie Wundheilung nach Kastration von Saugferkeln zu unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten. Deut tierarztl Woch 113 (3): 94-97
Brüssow, K.-P.; Schneider, F.; Kanitz, E.; Otten, W. (2005):
Vlijanije injekzii adrenokortikotropnovo gormona na uroven' reproduktivnykh gormonov u svinomatok i na prenatal'nuju i postnatal'nuju sekreziju u porosjat. Visnik Poltavskoi Derzhavnji Agrarnoi Akademii 38 (3): 108-114
Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, M. (2005):
Central and peripheral effects of repeated noise stress on hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenocortical axis in pigs. Livest Prod Sci 94 (3): 213-224
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livprodsci.2004.12.002
Brüssow, K.-P.; Schneider, F.; Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, M. (2005):
Alteration of reproductive hormone levels in pregnant sows induced by repeated ACTH application and its possible influence on pre- and post-natal hormone secretion of piglets. J Reprod Develop 51 (1): 133-142
https://dx.doi.org/10.1262/jrd.51.133
Schwerin, M.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Nürnberg, G.; Otten, W. (2005):
Stress-related gene expression in brain and adrenal gland of porcine fetuses and neonates. Theriogenology 63 (4): 1220-1234
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2004.06.004
Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Puppe, B.; Tuchscherer, M.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Nürnberg, G.; Stabenow, B. (2004):
Acute and long term effects of chronic intermittent noise stress on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical and sympatho-adrenomedullary axis in pigs. Anim Sci 78 (2): 271-284
https://doi.org/10.1017/S1357729800054060
Schneider, F.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, A. (2004):
Maternal reproductive hormone levels after repeated ACTH application to pregnant gilts. Anim Reprod Sci 81 (3-4): 313-327
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anireprosci.2003.10.010
Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Schneider, F.; Brüssow, K.-P. (2004):
Effects of adrenocorticotropin stimulation on cortisol dynamics of pregnant gilts and their fetuses: implications for prenatal stress studies. Theriogenology 61 (9): 1649-1659
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2003.09.009
Tuchscherer, M.; Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, A. (2003):
Auswirkungen von pränatalem Stress auf die Immunitätsentwicklung beim Saugferkel. 9. Bernburger Biotechnik-Workshop, 16.-17. Mai 2003. Wissenschaftliche Beiträge Hochschule Anhalt (FH) : 61-65
Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M. (2003):
Die sanfte Trennung von der Mutter. Bauernzeitung 44 (21): 36
Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, M.; Manteuffel, G. (2003):
Effects of prenatal stress on corticosteroid receptors and monoamine concentrations in limbic areas of suckling piglets (Sus scrofa) at different ages. J Vet Med A 50 (3): 132-139
https://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1439-0442.2003.00513.x