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The following speakers will be attending the Fascia Research Congress (listed in alphabetical order by last name).

Joseph Audette MA, MD
Medical Director, Outpatient Pain Services, Spaulding Medford Hospital, Medford, MA. Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Napadow V, Liu J, Li M, Kettner N, Ryan A, Kwong KK, Hui KK, Audette JF. Somatosensory cortical plasticity in carpal tunnel syndrome treated by acupuncture. Hum Brain Mapp. 2006.
  2. Audette JF, Blinder RA. Acupuncture in the management of myofascial pain and headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2003; 7(5):395-401.Review.

Geoffrey Bove DC, PhD
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Bove GM. Ransil BJ. Lin HC. Leem JG. Inflammation induces ectopic mechanical sensitivity in axons of nociceptors innervating deep tissues. Journal of Neurophysiology. 90(3):1949-55, 2003.
  2. Quintner JL. Bove GM. From neuralgia to peripheral neuropathic pain: evolution of a concept. Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. 26(4):368-72, 2001.

Leon Chaitow ND, DO
Honorary Fellow University of Westminster, London 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Chaitow L. Soft and hard evidence. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2005; 9(3): 167-8.
  2. Chaitow L. DeLany J. 2003 Neuromuscular Techniques in Orthopaedics. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 18(1):74-86.
  3. Chaitow L. 2004 Breathing Pattern Disorders (BPD), motor control, and Low Back Pain. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 7(1):33-40.

Thomas Findley MD, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Healthcare Knowledge Management, Veterans Administration Medical Center 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Chaudhry HR, Schleip R, Ji Z, Bukiet B, Maney M, Findley TW Three Dimensional Mathematical Model for Deformation of Human Fascia in Manual Therapy J Am Osteopathic Assoc, in press.
  2. Chaudhry H, Huang C, Schleip R, Ji Z, Bukiet B, Findley T Viscoelastic Behavior of Human Fasciae Under Extension in Manual Therapy, J Bodywork and Movement Therapies, in press.

Giulio Gabbiani MD, PhD
Department of Pathology, CMU University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Desmouliere A. Chaponnier C. Gabbiani G. Tissue repair, contraction, and the myofibroblast. Wound Repair & Regeneration. 13(1):7-12, 2005.
  2. Gabbiani G. The myofibroblast in wound healing and fibrocontractive diseases. Journal of Pathology. 200(4):500-3, 2003.

Serge Gracovetsky PhD
Emeritus Professor, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Cox ME. Asselin S. Gracovetsky SA. Richards MP. Newman NM. Karakusevic V. Zhong L. Fogel JN. Relationship between functional evaluation measures and self-assessment in nonacute low back pain. Spine. 25(14):1817-26, 2000.

Frederick Grinnell PhD
Department of Cell Biology, U of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Jiang H. Grinnell F. Cell-matrix entanglement and mechanical anchorage of fibroblasts in three-dimensional collagen matrices. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 16(11):5070-6, 2005.
  2. Grinnell F. Fibroblast biology in three-dimensional collagen matrices. Trends in Cell Biology. 13(5):264-9, 2003.
  3. Grinnell F. Fibroblast-collagen-matrix contraction: growth-factor signalling and mechanical loading. Trends in Cell Biology. 10(9):362-5, 2000.

Alan Grodzinsky ScD
Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Fitzgerald, JB, Jin, M, Grodzinsky, AJ, Shear and compression duration, rate, and amplitude differentially regulate the temporal transcription profile of functionally-related genes in cartilage explants. J Biol Chem, 281:24095-24103, 2006.
  2. Ng, L, Hung, HH, Sprunt, A, Chubinskaya, S, Ortiz, C, Grodzinsky, AJ, Nanomechanical properties of individual chondrocytes and their developing growth factor-stimulated pericellular matrix. J. Biomechanics, 2006 (in press).
  3. Kisiday, JD, Jin, M, DiMicco, MA, Kurz, B, Grodzinsky, AJ, Effects of dynamic compressive loading on chondrocyte biosynthesis in self-assembling peptide scaffolds. J Biomech, 37:595-604, 2004.

Boris Hinz MER, PhD
Laboratory of Cell Biophysics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Ng CP. Hinz B. Swartz MA. Interstitial fluid flow induces myofibroblast differentiation and collagen alignment in vitro. Journal of Cell Science. 118(Pt 20):4731-9, 2005.
  2. Hinz B. Gabbiani G. Cell-matrix and cell-cell contacts of myofibroblasts: role in connective tissue remodeling. Thrombosis & Haemostasis. 90(6):993-1002, 2003.
  3. Hinz B. Gabbiani G. Mechanisms of force generation and transmission by myofibroblasts. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 14(5):538-46, 2003.

Peter Huijing PhD
Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Yucesoy CA. Maas H. Koopman BH. Grootenboer HJ. Huijing PA. Mechanisms causing effects of muscle position on proximo-distal muscle force differences in extra-muscular myofascial force transmission. Medical Engineering & Physics. 28(3):214-26, 2006.
  2. Smeulders MJ. Kreulen M. Hage JJ. Huijing PA. van der Horst CM. Spastic muscle properties are affected by length changes of adjacent structures. Muscle & Nerve. 32(2):208-15, 2005.
  3. Huijing PA. Muscular force transmission necessitates a multilevel integrative approach to the analysis of function of skeletal muscle. Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews. 31(4):167-75, 2003.

Donald Ingber MD, PhD
Professor Vascular Biology Program Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Ingber DE. Cellular mechanotransduction: putting all the pieces together again. FASEB Journal. 20(7):811-27, 2006.
  2. Ingber DE. Tensegrity II. How structural networks influence cellular information processing networks. Journal of Cell Science. 116(Pt 8):1397-408, 2003.
  3. Ingber DE. Tensegrity I. Cell structure and hierarchical systems biology. Journal of Cell Science. 116(Pt 7):1157-73, 2003.

Partap Khalsa DC, PhD
Program Officer, NIH-NCCAM Manipulative and Body Based Practices Program 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Khalsa PS. Ge W. Encoding of tensile stress and strain during stretch by muscle mechano-nociceptors. Muscle & Nerve. 30(2):216-24, 2004.
  2. Khalsa PS. Biomechanics of musculoskeletal pain: dynamics of the neuromatrix. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 14(1):109-20, 2004.

Helene Langevin MD
Department of Neurology University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Langevin HM. Connective tissue: a body-wide signaling network?. Medical Hypotheses. 66(6):1074-7, 2006.
  2. Langevin HM. Bouffard NA. Badger GJ. Churchill DL. Howe AK. Subcutaneous tissue fibroblast cytoskeletal remodeling induced by acupuncture: evidence for a mechanotransduction-based mechanism. Journal of Cellular Physiology. 207(3):767-74, 2006.
  3. Langevin HM. Bouffard NA. Badger GJ. Iatridis JC. Howe AK. Dynamic fibroblast cytoskeletal response to subcutaneous tissue stretch ex vivo and in vivo. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology. 288(3):C747-56, 2005.
  4. Langevin HM. Cornbrooks CJ. Taatjes DJ. Fibroblasts form a body-wide cellular network. Histochemistry & Cell Biology. 122(1):7-15, 2004.

Consultant in Physiotherapy, White Rock BC Canada 

Siegfried Mense MD, PhD
Inst fur Anatomie und Zellbiologie Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat, Heidelberg, Germany 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Graven-Nielsen T. Mense S. Arendt-Nielsen L. Painful and non-painful pressure sensations from human skeletal muscle. Experimental Brain Research. 159(3):273-83, 2004.
  2. Tenschert S. Reinert A. Hoheisel U. Mense S. Effects of a chronic myositis on structural and functional features of spinal astrocytes in the rat. Neuroscience Letters. 361(1-3):196-9, 2004.
  3. Scheifer C. Hoheisel U. Trudrung P. Unger T. Mense S. Rats with chronic spinal cord transection as a possible model for the at-level pain of paraplegic patients. Neuroscience Letters. 323(2):117-20, 2002.
  4. Graven-Nielsen T. Mense S. The peripheral apparatus of muscle pain: evidence from animal and human studies. Clinical Journal of Pain. 17(1):2-10, 2001.

Thomas Myers
International Association of Structural Integrators 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Myers T. The 'Anatomy Trains,' Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, (1997) 1(2), 91-101
  2. Myers T. Kinesthetic Dystonia, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, (1998) 2(2), 101-114
  3. Myers T. Fans of the Hip Joint, Massage Magazine, Jan/Feb 1998
  4. Myers T. Treatment Approaches for Three Shoulder Tethers, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. (2006) 11(1), 3-8

Michael Patterson PhD
Assistant Chair, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeast Univ., Florida 

Robert Schleip PhD
Institute of Applied Physiology, Ulm University, Germany 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Schleip R. Klingler W. Lehmann-Horn F. Active fascial contractility: Fascia may be able to contract in a smooth muscle-like manner and thereby influence musculoskeletal dynamics. Medical Hypotheses. 65(2):273-7, 2005.
  2. Schleip R. Naylor IL. Ursu D. Melzer W. Zorn A. Wilke HJ. Lehmann-Horn F. Klingler W. Passive muscle stiffness may be influenced by active contractility of intramuscular connective tissue. Medical Hypotheses. 66(1):66-71, 2006.
  3. Schleip R. Fascial plasticity -- a new neurobiological explanation: part 2. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 7(2): 104-16, 2003.
  4. Schleip R. Fascial plasticity -- a new neurobiological explanation: part 1. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 7(1): 11-9, 2003.

Jay Shah MD
Director of the Medical Rehabilitation training program, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Shah JP. Phillips TM. Danoff JV. Gerber LH. An in vivo microanalytical technique for measuring the local biochemical milieu of human skeletal muscle. Journal of Applied Physiology. 99(5):1977-84, 2005.
  2. Gerwin RD, Dommerholt J, Shah JP. An expansion of Simons' integrated hypothesis of trigger point formation. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2004 Dec;8(6):468-75. Review.

Moshe Solomonow PhD
Director, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Solomonow M. Ligaments: a source of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 14(1):49-60, 2004.
  2. Solomonow M. Baratta RV. Banks A. Freudenberger C. Zhou BH. Flexion-relaxation response to static lumbar flexion in males and females. Clinical Biomechanics. 18(4):273-9, 2003.
  3. Holm S. Indahl A. Solomonow M. Sensorimotor control of the spine. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 12(3):219-34, 2002.
  4. Solomonow M. Zhou BH. Baratta RV. Lu Y. Harris M. Biomechanics of increased exposure to lumbar injury caused by cyclic loading: Part 1. Loss of reflexive muscular stabilization. Spine. 24(23):2426-34, 1999.

Paul Standley PhD
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Dodd JG. Good MM. Nguyen TL. Grigg AI. Batia LM. Standley PR. In vitro biophysical strain model for understanding mechanisms of osteopathic manipulative treatment. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 106(3):157-66, 2006.

James Tomasek PhD
Dean, Department of Cell Biology, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Tomasek JJ. Gabbiani G. Hinz B. Chaponnier C. Brown RA. Myofibroblasts and mechano-regulation of connective tissue remodelling. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 3(5):349-63, 2002.
  2. Tomasek JJ. Vaughan MB. Haaksma CJ. Cellular structure and biology of Dupuytren's disease. Hand Clinics. 15(1):21-34, 1999.

Andry Vleeming PhD
Director Spine and Joint Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

Some Related Publications:

  1. Vleeming A. de Vries HJ. Mens JM. van Wingerden JP. Possible role of the long dorsal sacroiliac ligament in women with peripartum pelvic pain. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 81(5):430-6, 2002.
  2. Mens JM. Vleeming A. Snijders CJ. Koes BW. Stam HJ. Reliability and validity of the active straight leg raise test in posterior pelvic pain since pregnancy. Spine. 26(10):1167-71, 2001.
  3. Vleeming A. Pool-Goudzwaard AL. Stoeckart R. van Wingerden JP. Snijders CJ. The posterior layer of the thoracolumbar fascia. Its function in load transfer from spine to legs. Spine. 20(7):753-8, 1995.

Frank Willard PhD
Dept of Anatomy University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Portland, ME 

This project was made possible by Grant Number 1 R13 AT004146-01 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NCCAM, NIAMS, or the National Institutes of Health.

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