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    It is with great pleasure that I can announce: for the first time there will
    be a congress devoted to research on fascia. 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.

    The Conference Ctr, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA
    October 4-5 2007. Website:

    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
    - 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

    Scientists who are either engaged or interested in - Biomechanics of
    ligaments and other dense fibrous connective tissues . Biomedical
    Researchers . Connective tissue research . Gait & postural dynamics . Matrix

    biology . Musculoskeletal dynamics . Orthopaedics . Rehabilitation .
    Rheumatology . Sports medicine.
    Clinicians who should attend: Acupuncturists . Athletic Trainers .
    Chiropractors (DC's) . Energetic, hands-on healers (Therapeutic Touch) .
    Exercise Teachers . Massage Therapists . Nutritionists . Osteopaths .
    Personal Trainers . Physiatrists and other physicians practicing
    neuromusculoskeletal medicine or manual medicine . Physical Therapists
    (PT's) . Practitioners of Structural Integration (e.g., RolfersR) .
    Prolotherapists (Sclerotherapy) . Rehabilitation Specialists

    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.

    You are most warmly invited to attend and even contribute to this landmark
    event. The call for papers is open and you are encouraged to submit your
    original paper (due February 15, 2007). (Full details of the conference
    including registration and paper submission forms are located on the
    conference website, .)

    Fascianatedly yours

    Robert Schleip PhD
    Inst. of Appl. Physiol., Ulm University, Germany
    Phone: +49-89-398574, Fax +49-89-337927