Dr. agr. Winfried Otten

+49 38208 68-802
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Behavioural Physiology
Psychophysiology Unit
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


      University of Rostock, Agricultural Sciences (Bachelor)
      Topics: stress, animal welfare


      Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M.; Nürnberg, G. (2001):
      Effects of prenatal restraint stress on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical and sympatho-adrenomedullary axis in neonatal pigs. Anim Sci 73 (2): 279-287
      Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M. (2001):
      Prenatal stress alters endocrine and immune reactions in neonatal pigs. In: "STRESS: Neural, Endocrine and Molecular Studies" (R. McCARTHY, G. AGUILERA, E. SABBAN, R. KVETNANSKY, Hrsg.) Taylor and Francis, London (ISBN: 0415272203): 211-214"
      Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Tuchscherer, M. (2000):
      Prenatal stress in pigs: effects on growth, physiological stress reactions and immune function. Arch Tierzucht 43 (Sonderheft): 159-164
      Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Kanitz, E.; Schön, P.-Ch.; Stabenow, B. (1999):
      Effects of dominance and familiarity on behaviour and plasma stress hormones in growing pigs during social confrontation. J Vet Med A 46 (5): 277-292
      Kanitz, E.; Otten, W.; Nürnberg, G.; Brüssow, K.-P. (1999):
      Effects of age and maternal reactivity on the stress response of the pituitary-adrenocortical axis and the sympathetic nervous system in neonatal pigs. Anim Sci 68 (3): 519-526
      Kanitz, E.; Manteuffel, G.; Otten, W. (1998):
      Effects of weaning and restraint stress on glucocorticoid receptor binding capacity in limbic areas of domestic pigs. Brain Res 804 (2): 311-315
      Stabenow, B.; Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Kanitz, E.; Schön, P.-Ch. (1998):
      Ethophysiologische, endokrinologische und biophysikalische Streßreaktionen von Mastläufern in fremden und bekannten Sozialgruppen. Schriftenreihe / Forschungsinstitut für die Biolog 9: 35-46
      Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Stabenow, B.; Kanitz, E.; Schön, P.-Ch.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Nürnberg, G. (1997):
      Agonistic interactions and physiological reactions of top- and bottom-ranking pigs confronted with a familiar and an unfamiliar group: Preliminary results. Appl Anim Behav Sci 55 (1): 79-90
      Otten, W.; Iaizzo, P.a.; Eichinger, H. (1997):
      Effects of a high n-3 fatty acid diet on membrane lipid composition of heart and skeletal muscle in normal swine and in swine with the genetic mutation for malignant hyperthermia. J Lipid Res 38 (10): 2023-2034
      Hartmann, S.; Otten, W.; Kratzmair, M.; Seewald, M.j.; Iaizzo, P.a.; Eichinger, H. (1997):
      Influences of breed, sex, and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia on lipid composition of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue in swine. Am J Vet Res 58 (7): 738-743
      Otten, W.; Kanitz, E.; Puppe, B.; Stabenow, B.; Schön, P.-Ch.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Nürnberg, G. (1997):
      Physiologische Reaktionen von Läuferschweinen unter sozialen Streßbedingungen. Arch Tierzucht 40 (Sonderheft): 177
      Otten, W.; Eichinger, H. (1996):
      Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism at rest and under physical and metabolic load in normal pigs and those with the genetic mutation for malignant hyperthermia. Anim Sci 62 (3): 581-590
      Hartmann, S.; Otten, W.; Kratzmair, M.; Seewald, M.j.; Eichinger, H. (1995):
      Studies on fatty acid pattern and cholesterol level of various kinds of fatty tissue of pigs. Ernahrungs-Umschau 42 (12): 438-441
      Otten, W.; Berrer, A.; Bergerhoff, T.; Goldberg, M.; Eichinger, H. (1995):
      Effects of a dietary magnesium fumarate supplementation on blood metabolites and meat quality in swine. Magnesium-B 17: 91-95
      Otten, W.; Wirth, C.; Iaizzo, P.a.; Eichinger, H. (1993):
      A High Omega 3 Fatty Acid Diet Alters Fatty Acid Composition of Heart, Liver, Kidney, Adipose Tissue and Skeletal Muscle in Swine. Ann Nutr Metab 37 (3): 134-141
      Seewald, M.j.; Brinkmeier, H.; Otten, W.; Eichinger, H.; Rüdel, R. (1993):
      Lipid composition and the pattern of triglyceride- and phospholipid-bound fatty acids of adult and cultured human skeletal muscle. J Muscle Res Cell M 14 (2): 230-230