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Robert Schleip
02-08-2008, 05:20 AM

All 700 seats of Harvard Med.School's conference ctr. had been sold out in
advance for the 1st Internat. Fascia Research Congress (Boston, Oct 4-5
2007). For all those who could not participate, here are some good news:

* the next fascia research congress will be held at the much larger facility
of Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in October 2009 (final dates to be
announced soon)

* video replays of the conference are now happening at more than 40 sites
worldwide. For locations and dates see

* the conference proceedings are included in the new book 'Fascia Research -
Basic Research and Implications for Conventional and Complementary Health
Care' by Elsevier Science. Besides containing the abstracts of all congress
presentations, this book includes 16 fulltext articles from leading
scientists in fascia research; see

* video-DVD recordings of the congress can now be ordered at

* a very detailed and positive report of the journal 'Science'(Vol 318 No
5854:1234-5) about this 1st congress is now posted at

BACKGROUND: The interest of this congress series 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. The
first congress was 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 included:
- 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
- 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

Fascianatedly yours

Robert Schleip PhD MA
Director, Fascia Research Project
Inst. of Appl. Physiol., Ulm University, Germany
Phone: +49-89-398574, Fax +49-89-337927
Email: robert.schleip@uni-ulm.de