The Scientific Committee of the Fifth 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.


Mark Driscoll, P.Eng, PhD | Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Associate Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Head of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab

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Prof. Driscoll has performed research in spine biomechanics in both academic and industry contexts with notable contributions: from the advancement from fundamental research of novel concepts of spine and musculoskeletal biomechanical responses to different load vectors; to the applied research evaluating the impact of medical devices on spine biomechanics; and all the way to the translational research of the conception, validation, and commercialization of his own spine related inventions and simulation platforms.

Overall, over the last 6 years, Prof. Driscoll has authored 21 publications, 8 white paper reports, and 48 peer reviewed conference presentation. Moreover, during this time frame, Prof. Driscoll has co-invented 23 patent applications pertaining to the spine and successfully commercialized 3 spine medical devices currently being used in over 15 countries.

Currently, Prof. Driscoll is head of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at McGill University which leverages cross-disciplinary platforms and collaborations while studying spine biomechanics to generate and validate novel interpretations of spine stability.

Related Publications:

  1. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Moreau, A. and Parent, S., (2008) Stress shielding within the scoliotic spine: a progressive risk factor?  Stud Health Technol Inform. 157: 356.
  2. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Parent, S., Moreau, A. and Villemure, I., (2009) The role of concave-convex biases in the progression of idiopathic scoliosis.  Eur Spine J, 18: p. 180-187.
  3. Beaudette, K., Boudoux, C., Driscoll, M., Strupler, M., Maciejko, R. and Aubin, C-E., (2010) Towards a Handheld Probe based on Coherence Tomography for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries.  Stud Health Technol Inform, 158: 49-54.
  4. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Parent, S. and Moreau, A., (2010) Finite Element Comparison of Different Growth Sparring Instrumentation Systems for the Early Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis. Stud Health Technol Inform, 158: 89-94.
  5. Shi, L., Wang, D., Driscoll, M., Chu, W., Cheng, JCY., Villemure, I. and Aubin, C-E., (2010) Scoliotic vs. Normal Vertebral Growth Profiles on the Progression of Idiopathic Scoliosis: a Biomechanical Study.  Stud Health Technol Inform, 158: 284.
  6. Driscoll, M. and Blyum, L., (2010) The presence of physiological stress shielding in the degenerative cycle of musculoskeletal disorders.  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 15(3): 335-342.
  7. Blyum, L., and Driscoll, M. (2011) Mechanical Stress transfer – the fundamental physical basis of all manual therapy techniques. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 16(4): 520.
  8. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Moreau, A. and Parent, S., (2011) Biomechanical comparison of fusionless growth modulation corrective techniques in pediatric scoliosis. Med Bio Eng Comp, 49(12): 1437-1445.
  9. Shi, L., Wang, D., Driscoll, M., Chu, W., Cheng, JCY., Villemure, I. and Aubin, C-E., (2011) Biomechanical analysis and modeling of different vertebral growth patterns in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and healthy subjects. Scoliosis Journal, 6(11)
  10. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Moreau, A., Wakula Y., Sawark, J., and Parent, S., (2012) Spinal growth modulation using a novel intravertebral epiphyseal device in an immature porcine model. EuropeanSpine Journal, 21(1): 138-144.
  11. Hachem, B., Aubin, CE., Driscoll, M., and Parent, S., (2012) Porcine spine finite element model as an alternative tool for the validation of a novel fusionless device. Stud Health Technol Inform (176) 459.
  12. Driscoll, M., Mac-Thiong, J-M., Labelle, H., Slivka, M., Stad, S., and Parent, S. (2013) Biomechanical assessment of reduction forces measured during scoliotic instrumentation using two different screw designs. Spine Deformity Journal, 1: 94-101.
  13. Driscoll, M., Mac-Thiong, J-M., Labelle, and Parent, S. (2013) Development of a detailed volumetric finite element model of the spine to simulate surgical correction of spinal deformities. Biomed Research International, Article, p6
  14. Driscoll, M., Fortier-Tougas, C., Labelle, H., Parent, S., and Mac-Thiong, JM., (2014) Evaluation of an apparatus to be combined with a smartphone for the early detection of spinal deformities, Scoliosis, 9:10. (doi:10.1186/1748-7161-9-10)
  15. Driscoll, M., and Blyum, L., (2014) Results of a 3-year prospective cohort study investigating the influence of home-based therapy on patients with cerebral palsy in GMFCS levels IV and V, Dev Med Child Nerol: 56 (s5), p67
  16. Driscoll, M., Mac-Thiong, JM., Labelle, H., Stad, S., Serhan, H., and Parent, S., (2015) Biomechanical comparison of two different pedicle screw systems during the surgical correction of adult spinal deformities, Spine Deformity Journal, 3(2): 114-121.
  17. Drewes, E., Driscoll, M., Blyum, L., and Vincents, D., The effects of a home-based connective tissue targeting therapy on hip development in children with cerebral palsy: 6 case report, Explore Journal;(4) 268-276.
  18. Driscoll, M., Aubin, C-E., Moreau, A., Wakula Y., Amini, S., and Parent, S., (2016) Novel hemi-staple for the fusionless correction of pediatric scoliosis: influence on intervertebral discs and growth plates in a porcine model. Clin Spine Surg, (E pub ahead of print)

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Werner Klingler, MD, PhD | Chair
Professor, Ulm University (Germany)
Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (Australia)

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Werner Klingler, MD, PhD studied medicine at Ulm University (Germany) and King´s College (London). He completed his training in Applied Physiology at Ulm University under the guidance of Frank Lehmann-Horn, MD, PhD, a pioneer in muscle research and one of the world leading experts in myofascial disorders. While there he also completed his specialization as clinical Anesthesiologist including training in complex pain medicine.

Klingler is an active clinician and directs the neurophysiological muscle laboratory and is co-founder of the fascia research group Ulm. He was founding committee member of the first fascia research conference in 2007 and host of an ongoing series of fascia research summer schools. Klingler received several honors including the young investigator award of the Federation of European Physiological Societies, World Congress on Low Back Pain award and the Vladimir Janda award for musculoskeletal medicine.

His research focus is myofascial physiology and pathology.

Related Publications:

  1. Zullo A, Mancini P, Schleip R, Wearing S, Yahia L, Klingler W. The interplay between fascia, skeletal muscle, nerves, adipose tissue, inflammation and mechanical stress in musculo-fascial regeneration. Submitted 2017
  2. Wilke J, Schleip R, Klingler W, Stecco C. The Lumbodorsal Fascia as a Potential Source of Low Back Pain: A Narrative Review. Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:5349620.
  3. Wearing SC, Langton CM, Klingler W, Hooper SL, Brauner T.
    Track B. Biomechanics and Orthopaedics. Biomed Tech (Berl). 2016 Sep 1;61(s1):16-23
  4. Schleip R, Klingler W, Wearing S, Naylor I, Zuegel M, Hoppe K. Functional in vitro tension measurements of fascial tissue – a novel modified superfusion approach. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2016;16(3):256-6
  5. Hoppe K, Hack G, Lehmann-Horn F, Jurkat-Rott K, Wearing S, Zullo A, Carsana A, Klingler W. Hypermetabolism in B-lymphocytes from malignant hyperthermia susceptible individuals. Sci Rep. 2016; 20(6):33372
  6. Klingler W, Velders M, Hoppe K, Pedro M, Schleip R. Clinical relevance of fascial tissue and dysfunctions. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014;18(8):439
  7. Schleip R, Mechsner F, Zorn A, Klingler W. The bodywide fascial network as a sensory organ for haptic perception. Journal of Motor Behavior, 2014, 46(3): 191-193
  8. Klingler W, Jäger H, Pedro M, Schleip R. Faszien als Ursache von Schmerzsyndromen. Aktuelle Schmerzmedizin. 2014 (4): 1-7
  9. Selig C, Riegger C, Dirks B, Pawlik M, Seyfried T, Klingler W. Bispectral index (BIS) and suppression ratio (SR) as an early predictor of unfavourable neurological outcome after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2014; 85(2):221-226
  10. Hoppe K, Schleip R, Lehmann-Horn F, Jäger H, Klingler W. Contractile elements in muscular fascial tissue – implications for in-vitro contracture testing for malignant hyperthermia. Anaesthesia. 2014 Sep;69(9):1002-8.
  11. Hoppe K, Lehmann-Horn F, Chaiklieng S, Jurkat-Rott K, Adolph O, Klingler W: In vitro muscle contracture investigations on the malignant hyperthermia like episodes in myotonia congenita. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2013; 57 (8): 1017-1024
  12. Schleip R, Jäger H, Klingler W: What is ‘fascia’? A review of different nomenclatures. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2012;16(4): 496-502.
  13. Klingler W, Jurkat-Rott K, Lehmann-Horn F, Schleip R: The role of fibrosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Acta myologica 2012; 31: 184-195
  14. Schleip R, Duerselen L, Vleeming A, Naylor IL, Lehmann-Horn F, Zorn A, Jaeger H, Klingler W: Strain hardening of fascia: static stretching of dense fibrous connective tissues can induce a temporary stiffness increase accompanied by enhanced matrix hydration. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2012 Jan;16(1):94-100.
  15. Holsträter TF, Georgieff M, Föhr KJ, Klingler W, Uhl ME, Walker T, Köster S, Grön G, Adolph O. Intranasal application of xenon reduces opioid requirement and postoperative pain in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Anesthesiology. 2011 Aug;115(2):398-407.
  16. Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W, Jurkat-Rott K: Nonanesthetic malignant hyperthermia. Anesthesiology. 2011 Nov;115(5):915-7.
  17. Schleip R, Zorn A, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W: The fascial network: an exploration of its load bearing capacity and its potential role as a pain generator. Proceedings of the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain. 2010: 215-218
  18. Schleip R, Zorn A, Klingler W: Biomechanical properties of fascial tissues and their role as pain generators. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. December 2010, Vol. 18 (4): 393-395
  19. Zorn A, F. J. Schmitt, F. H. Hodeck, Schleip R, Weckend F, Klingler W.  The spring-like function of the lumbar fascia in human walking. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 01/2008; 12:261-263
  20. Schleip R, Vleeming A, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W. Letter to the Editor concerning: "A hypothesis of chronic pain: ligament subfailure injuries lead to muscle control dysfunction" (M. Panjabi) Eur Spine J, 16 (10): 1733-1736 (2007)
  21. 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. Med Hypotheses 66(1):66-71 (2006)
  22. 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. Med hypotheses 65: 273-277 (2005)
  23. Klingler W, Lehmann-Horn F, Jurkat-Rott K: Complications of anaesthesia in neuromuscular disorders. Neuromuscul disord 15(3): 195-206 (2005)  
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  24. Klingler W, Heffron JJ, Jurkat-Rott K, O´Sullivan G, Alt A, Schlesinger F, Bufler J, Lehmann-Horn F. 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy) activates skeletal muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 314 (3): 1267-1273 (2005)
  25. Schleip R, Jäger H, Klingler W: Chapter 4.2 How cells modulate the tonicity and architecture of fascial tissues. In Schleip R, (Hrsg.) Fascia. The tensional network of the human body. Elsevier 2012 ISBN 978-0-7020-3425-1, p 157-164
  26. Thomas J, Klingler W: Chapter 4.4 The influence of pH and other metabolic factors on fascial properties. In Schleip R, (Hrsg.) Fascia. The tensional network of the human body. Elsevier 2012 ISBN 978-0-7020-3425-1, p 171-176
  27. Klingler W: Chapter 7.18 Temperature effects on fascia. In Schleip R, (Hrsg.) Fascia. The tensional network of the human body. Elsevier 2012 ISBN 978-0-7020-3425-1, p 421-424
  28. Schleip R, Zorn A, Lehmann-Horn F, Klingler W: The fascial network: an exploration of its load bearing capacity and its potential role as a pain generator. in Vleeming et al. Proceedings of the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Los Angeles, November 9-12, 2010, ISBN 978-90-816016-1-0, p 215-218
  29. Naylor I, Zorn A, Schleip R, Klingler W. The contractility of rat myofibroblasts – a review of the evidence for ‘receptors’, putative agonists and potential anti-contractile drugs. 01/2007; Fascia Research. ISBN: 978-3-437-55009-6 Publisher: Urban & Fischer, Editors: Findley, Schleip, pp.81

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