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    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