The Scientific Committee of Fourth International Fascia Research Congress has the overall responsibility for the scientific content of the Congress. The representatives on the committee are listed below. Click on Bios and Pubs for short biography and/or related publications.
Serge Gracovetsky graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1968 in nuclear physics and earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1970.
He went on a tenured faculty at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) for 27 years. His main interests varied from the control of paper machines, the analysis of the injury process experienced by military jet pilots during emergency ejection, the study of the human spine, the study of the reasoning process of physicians making a diagnosis for lower back pain and various other related (and unrelated) topics.
In addition, he founded and controlled four technological companies developing products in the field of measurement and the function of the spine. These companies exploited the concept of the spine as being the primary engine driving the pelvis during gait. The technique has been used on over 500,000 patients in many countries.
He holds 22 patents, has written a few dozen papers and some books and has presented at a few hundred conferences. Upon retiring as emeritus professor, he went on to buy a clarinet and registered as a music student at his University in Jazz Studies. His most recent acquisition was a Bb tenor saxophone. But his best achievement was to marry his teenage sweetheart and stay with her for 50 years and counting.
Dr. Stecco is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery, and specialized in Physics Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua, Italy. His areas of prevalent scientific and clinical interest are anatomy of the fascia corporis via dissections and histological studies, including immunohistochemical and molecular biology; study and clinical application of hyaluronic acid; and myofascial syndrome.
Since 2000, Dr. Stecco has collaborated with the Descartes University, Paris, to study the macroscopic anatomy of fasciae through cadaver dissection. Since 2008, Dr. Stecco has been on the Scientific Committee of the Fascial Manipulation Association, which brings together researchers interested in studying diseases of the fascia and myofascial origin.
He is the author of more then twelve articles published in international journals. Author of one book (Manipolazione fasciale, Piccin, 2010), co-author of 3 books for which he wrote chapters about the fascial anatomy or the Fascial Manipulation Technique. He has also worked as an Assistant Reviewer for The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Professor, Department of Research, National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, Illinois
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago
President, Massage Therapy Foundation; Associate Editor, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies
Jerrilyn Cambron is a Professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois and adjunct faculty in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Cambron is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies and is President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. She has served as a Principal Investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for 20+ years. She has been an investigator on several projects funded by federal agencies including NIH and HRSA, and private foundations such as the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Dr. Cambron is a member of the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and is on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE). Dr. Cambron has taught numerous research-related courses and post-graduate seminars including evidence-based practice, introduction to research and biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, practice-based research, critical appraisal of the literature, and writing case reports.
Leon Chaitow ND, DO, graduated British College of Osteopathic Medicine 1960. Postgraduate studies in acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and orthomolecular nutrition during the 1960s and 1970s. Senior lecturer and module leader, and part of course design team, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster in 1993. Since 1983 visiting lecturer at numerous chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic and naturopathic colleges, schools and organizations in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Keynote presenter at numerous international conferences, most recently British Fascia Symposium, Windsor UK 2014.
Author/editor of over 70 books, including textbooks incorporating manual methods of treatment, in management of chronic functional and pain conditions.
Coedited/coauthored: Fascia in Manual Therapy – The tensional network of the human body (with Findley, Huijing & Schleip; Elsevier 2012); Practical Physical Medicine Approaches to Chronic Pelvic Pain (with Jones; Elsevier 2012): Recognising & Treating Breathing Disorders (with Bradley & Gilbert; Elsevier 2014); Sole editor of: Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches (Handspring 2014).
Founder/Editor-in-Chief of MedLine Indexed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (Elsevier). Retired from the University of Westminster in 2004, after 11 years as Senior Lecturer/module leader in Therapeutic Bodywork and Naturopathy. Awarded Honorary Fellowship in November 2005, in recognition of "services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine". He is active in private and NHS practice when in the UK (approximately half the year) and continues to teach internationally. Lives mainly in Corfu, Greece.
Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Copenhagen in 1988, and earned a PhD in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology in 1992. She is an associated Professor in Veterinary Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Clinical Veterinary and Animal Sciences, teaching veterinary as well as life science students in general and functional anatomy, histology and embryology. She also supervises bachelor and masters students.
Dr. Elbrønd is an internationally certified veterinary chiropractor since 2008. This has led to a change in research focus, including functional anatomy, fasciae and functional interactions of the locomotion system of animals. In additional to professorial duties, she has a practice treating the locomotion system of dogs and horses with manual therapies such as chiropractic, muscle and fascia treatments, and laser therapy.
César Fernández has published more than 200 publications and he is first author of approximately 140 of them. Most papers concentrate on clinical human pain research, drug screening and interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of his research is focus on neck pain, headache and neuro-physiological effects of manual therapy
His research activities are concentrated on biomedical sciences within neuroscience. The specific research areas have been on pain and assessment of pain in volunteers and chronic pain patients. The main focus is on human clinical chronic pain research. A substantial network of international collaborations with 5 different countries has been established with universities and hospitals.
He has participated in 50 conferences with related published abstracts/ proceedings and he has given several lectures at Spanish and foreign universities and hospitals. He has given around 40 invited lectures at international meetings/workshops/seminars.
He has 12 years of university teaching and he has achieved experience by teaching physiotherapists, and he has held specialising-courses for medical doctors within neurology and orthopaedics.Hide Bio and Pubs
Thomas Findley, MD, PhD completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota in 1981 under the guidance of FJ Kottke, MD PhD, one of the founders of that field. While there he also completed his PhD in physical medicine, and received state of the art training in physical therapy, exercise physiology, psychology, and anthropology.
Dr. Findley has extensive training in complementary medicine, beginning with training in acupuncture and homeopathy while a medical student at Georgetown in 1975. He is an active clinician (Certified Advanced Rolfer™) as well as a researcher at the VA Medical Center East Orange NJ which is a member of the Planetree Network of hospitals incorporating integrative medicine.
He is the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Northup Award from the American Osteopathic Association for his paper Three-Dimensional Mathematical Model for Deformation of Human Fasciae in Manual Therapy, and is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School.
He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences, most recently a keynote at World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Dubai, Oct 27-31, 2013.
He is the Founder of the Fascia Research Congress, and served as CEO and executive director from its inception in 2007 through 2013. He also served as executive director of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation from 2008 through 2013. Dr. Findley is deeply involved with research into fascia and cancer, the subject of the November 14, 2015 session of FRC 2015.
Warren Hammer DC, MS has been in practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA since 1959. He has studied numerous soft-tissue methods and applies them to the practice of chiropractic.
He has lectured nationally and internationally and recently completed his third edition of Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods available from Jones & Bartlett publishers. He writes a regular column for Dynamic Chiropractic and has written articles for prominent journals such as Chiropractic Sports Medicine, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Chiropractic Technique and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
He is on the post graduate faculty of New York Chiropractic College and Northwestern University of Health Science.
Dr. Hammer introduced Fascial Manipulation into the U.S. in 2011 with Antonio Stecco, MD. As of 2013 he has become a certified instructor in the method.
Thomas Hausner, MD
Medical Director and Head of Department for Trauma Surgery at Lorenz Böhler Trauma Centre, Vienna, Austria
Senior Research Fellow, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna, Austria
Thomas Hausner is a graduate from Vienna University, School of Medicine, Vienna, Austria. He is working as head of the Department for Surgery, Orthopedic – & Hand-Surgery, State Hospital Hainburg/Donau, Austria and he is a Senior Research Fellow at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna, Austria. His specialty training for orthopedic trauma surgery and hand surgery has been at Lorenz Boehler Trauma Hospital in Vienna. During his fellowship he stayed for six months at CHU (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire) Bichat-Claude Bernard, Paris, France where he did a special training in peripheral nerve surgery.
His interest in research is focused on peripheral nerve repair and regeneration as well as in gliding of tissues in general and especially in peripheral nerves. He has published numerous papers in such venues as Experimental Neurology, International Review of Neurobiology, Acta Neurochiurgica, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Neuroscience Letters.
Lisa M. Hodge, PhD
Associate Professor, The Department of Cell Biology and Immunology
Osteopathic Heritage Basic Science Research Chair, The Osteopathic Research Center
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Lisa Hodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Immunology and holds a joint appointment with the Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, she is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a peer reviewer for several research journals and serves on study sections for the National Institutes of Health-National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NIH-NHLBI). She is also the Basic Science Research Chair for the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, a member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC), the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA), the Commission for Osteopathic Research Practice and Promotion (CORPP), American Society for Microbiologists (ASM), the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).
Dr. Hodge’s research has been recognized both nationally and internationally by basic science researchers and the osteopathic and manual medicine community. Her laboratory examines the role of the lymphatic system during infectious disease, inflammation and cancer. Her research has been published in several peer review journals including the Journal of Immunology, Infection and Immunity, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Experimental Biology and Medicine, Lymphatic Research and Biology, the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Research support includes the American Osteopathic Association, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.Hide Bio and Pubs
Eric Jacobson combines quantitative and qualitative methods in the investigation of alternative therapies. His background includes a career in psychotherapy and Structural Integration, and training in medical anthropology. He has conducted field research on classical Tibetan medicine, clinical studies of the placebo response, and a clinical trial of Structural Integration for chronic low back pain.
Leonid Kalichman graduated from the Physical Therapy Department of Tel Aviv University in 1994 and since then he is a practicing physical therapist. He completed his PhD in Anatomy and Anthropology in 2004. A post-doctoral research in Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit of Boston University was on clinical epidemiology of spinal disorders.
He is a senior lecturer in Physical Therapy department of Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He is teaching musculoskeletal anatomy, manual therapy and research methods. His research interests are: osteoarthritis, spinal pathology, evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and myofascial pain. He published more the 100 publications.
Helene M. Langevin, MD
Professor in Residence of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Bernard Osher Professor in Residence of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Dr. Langevin received an MD degree from McGill University in 1978. She did a post doctoral research fellowship in Neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Professor in Residence of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a part-time Professor of Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of manual and movement based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue.
Dr. Helene Langevin was appointed as Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in November 2012. Through translational research, the Osher Center aims to test and implement integrated patient care, positioning itself as a thought leader in forging medical connections at the physiological, clinical, and community levels. In order to fulfill this mission, the Osher Center’s strategic vision is to build a “center without walls.” This consists of a network of integrative medicine research, education and patient care throughout HMS, with ties to the Osher Centers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Clinical: Certified Advanced Rolfer® and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Faculty member of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, MA in clinical psychology from Heidelberg University. Active private bodywork practice since 1978; teaching internationally since 1990. Research: Co-initiator of the First International Fascia Research Congress. Founder and Director of Fascia Research Project at the Division of Neurophysiology, Ulm University, Germany. Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. PhD in human biology with honors from Ulm university. Awarded with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine 2006. Current research focus: active fascial contractility.
Dr. Schneider has over 30 years of clinical chiropractic experience, with a focus on manual myofascial methods and rehabilitative exercise. He also has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and has successfully obtained NIH and PCORI funding for clinical research trials. Dr. Schneider has published numerous peer-reviewed articles about myofascial pain and fibromyalgia, and has taught post graduate seminars about muscle pain/dysfunction to physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and massage therapists.
Jay P. Shah, MD is a senior staff physiatrist and clinical instructor in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. He has particular expertise in the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal pain syndromes. His interests include the pathophysiology of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and the integration of physical medicine techniques with promising complementary approaches in the management of neuro-musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Jay merged his clinical and research interests in order to investigate the pathophysiology of MPS, a very common, complex but poorly understood pain syndrome. He initiated collaborations with basic scientists at the NIH and extramurally and his team developed and applied two unique approaches to study the pathophysiology of MPS: 1) Novel microanalytical techniques demonstrating that active (i.e., spontaneously painful) myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) have elevated levels of inflammatory mediators, neuropeptides, cytokines and catecholamines – substances known to be associated with inflammation, sensitization, persistent pain and inter-cellular signaling; 2) Novel applications of ultrasound (US) diagnostic imaging techniques— grayscale (2D US), vibration sonoelastography, and Doppler demonstrating that MTrPs are stiffer than surrounding tissue; that active MTrPs are larger than latent MTrPs and that active MTrPs have unique blood flow properties compared to latent MTrPs and normal soft tissue without trigger points.
Jay trained in medical acupuncture at the UCLA School of Medicine and also completed a two-year Bravewell Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He practices and teaches the use of manual, needling and other physical modalities to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Jay has taught over 100 invited hands-on workshops nationally and internationally for physicians, massage therapists, chiropractors, manual and physical therapists, acupuncturists, and dentists, among other professional groups. His workshops integrate emerging knowledge from the basic and clinical pain sciences in order to improve evaluation and management approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
He was selected by the American Academy of Pain Management as the 2010 recipient of the Janet Travell Clinical Pain Management Award and by the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists as the 2012 recipient of the David G. Simons Award.
Paul Standley trained as a vascular physiologist at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. After earning his Ph.D. in Physiology, he completed a post doctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension. His first faculty appointment was in the Department of Internal Medicine at WSU where his research focused on vascular abnormalities in diabetes. Dr. Standley moved to Arizona to become a founding faculty member at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. There, he continued his NIH- and AHA -funded research on biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies.
Dr. Standley has been awarded both the Irvin Korr Award and Northup Award – both from the American Osteopathic Association — for his research contributions to the osteopathic community. Dr. Standley is currently a tenured professor in the departments of Basic Medical Sciences and Physiology and is the Assistant Dean of Curricular Affairs at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
Carla Stecco, MD – Founder Member of the Fascial Manipulation Association. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and of the Association Française des Morphologistes. Scientific activity devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. She personally made over 100 cadaver dissections for research. From 2000 she organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation technique both in Italy and in other countries. Author of more than 80 in extenso papers about the fascial anatomy. Author of the book “Manipolazione fasciale” (Piccin, 2007), translated in English, Spanish and Japanese, and of some chapters about the fascial anatomy or the Fascial Manipulation Technique. Author of the “Functional atlas of human fasciae” (November 2014, Elsevier ed.).
Can Yücesoy holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Ph.D. degree from the Biomechanical Engineering Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2003, followed by a post-doc fellowship at Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently, he is working as a fulltime faculty member at the Biomedical Engineering Institute of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He is the leader of the Biomechanics Laboratory.
His main research interest is in skeletal muscle mechanics with a particular focus on myofascial force transmission. Computational and experimental research approaches take into account muscle fiber-extracellular matrix interactions as well as interactions of muscle with other muscles and surrounding tissues via fascial connections.
Recent research topics include: Force measurements of human muscles intra-operatively (e.g., in spastic cerebral palsy patients) during remedial orthopedic surgery. Animal myology experiments for assessment of the effects of surgical treatments and botulinum toxin injections in the context of myofascial integrity. Human muscle and connective tissue deformation analyses in vivo, using MRI. The latter techniques are currently being applied to human subjects for quantifying effects of selected manual therapies and kinesio taping.
|May 15||Workshop proposals open|
|Sept. 15||Workshop proposal submission deadline|
|Sept. 15||Abstract submissions open|
|Nov. 4-20||Workshop presenters notified|
|Dec. 5||Fascia Research Congress and workshop registration opens|
|March 31||Abstract submission deadline|
|Sep. 17||Pre-Congress workshop|
|Sep. 18-20||4th International Fascia Research Congress|
|Sep. 21||Post-Congress workshops|
|Nov. 14||Fascia, Acupuncture and Oncology Session at Harvard|