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Robert Schleip
03-08-2007, 08:00 AM
FASCIA RESEARCH CONGRESS

The submission deadline for the First International Fascia Research Congress
(The Conference Ctr., Harvard Med.School, Boston MA, Nov 4-5 2007) has been
postponed. The new dates are:
Submission Due: MARCH 31, 2007
Acceptance Notification: MAY 15, 2007.

The interest of this congress includes all collageneous connective tissues,
such as aponeuroses, ligaments, tendons, retinaculae, joint capsules, organ
and vessel tunics, the epineurium, the meninges, the periostea, as well as
all intra- & intermuscular connective tissues.

BACKGROUND
This Fascia Research Congress has been organized by a multidisciplinary
committee of science researchers and practicing health care professionals
whose respective fields share a common focus and interest in the human
body's soft connective tissue matrix. The principal thematic topics are:
mechanical force transmission through fascia and fascial anatomy; matrix and
fibroblast biology; force adaptation and response to loading; fascial
innervation, nociception and proprioception; fascial research in special
populations; a panel discussion of controversies in fibroblast research; and
a panel for scientist-clinician interaction and formulation of future
research directions.
The emphasis and centerpiece of the conference will be the presentation of
the latest and best scientific fascia research. We have already received
confirmation of participation at the conference from 15 eminent scientists
with collectively over 1500 publications in peer reviewed journals as well
as sixteen other scientists or clinicians representing the key modalities of
this work.

TOPICS include:
- The presence of contractile cells (myofibroblasts) within the fascial
fabric, their role in creating contractile tonus in the fascial fabric, how
they form, what 'turns them on', and their influence on passive muscle
tonus.
- Biomechanical properties of fascial tissues: creep, relaxation,
hysteresis, effect of sustained spinal flexion on lumbar tissues, strain
induced hydration changes, myofascial release manipulation and fascial
viscoelastic deformation, etc.
- Mechanotransduction between the cytoskeletal structure within the cell and
the extracellular matrix, and its implications for health and disease.
- Forms of communication within the fascial matrix, such as the tugging in
the mucopolysaccharides created by twisting acupuncture needles.
- How fascia is innervated, and how proprioception and pain are created,
detected and modulated by the spinal cord and the rest of the nervous
system.

CONGRESS ORGANIZERS
A.T. Still Research Institute (USA); Dept. of Anesthesiol., Ulm University
(Germany); Elsevier Health Sciences ;Internat. Assoc. of Structural
Integrators; Massage Therapy Foundation ; Rolf Institute of Structural
Integration ; University of Westminster (London/UK) ; Veteran's Biomedical
Research Institute.


Full details of the conference including paper submission forms are located
on the conference website: www.fascia2007.com

Fascianatedly yours


Robert Schleip PhD
Inst. of Appl. Physiol., Ulm University, Germany
Email: robert.schleip@uni-ulm.de
Phone: +49-89-398574, Fax +49-89-337927
www.fasciaresearch.com
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