Winter school

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Dear All,

It is my pleasure to present the first online edition of the Winter School about Fascial Anatomy, planned from 1th to the 5th of February. The Winter School about Fascial Anatomy is a successful event that from some years is hosted at the Padova University, and that last year attracted people from all over the world. In these years, this meeting has become a dynamic forum for leaders and practitioners to share their knowledge with each other and improve their anatomical knowledges about fasciae. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, we had to rescheduled the in person event, but we think that is important to maintain live the project, indeed the fascial research is a rapidly evolving field, and we can’t miss a year. Consequently, we have decided to create this new program, totally online, and to move the in person event in February 2022. We have put together a fantastic program for you! All the team of Padova will present the most recent researches that they are doing about fascial anatomy, with recorded and live lectures, and we will show you some videos of the dissection of the most important fasciae. Besides, we’ll have the contribution of many great researchers coming from other University as Robert Schleip, prof. Winfried Neuhuber and Jan Wilke from Germany; prof. Nathaly Gaudreault, prof. Melanie Morin and prof. Gabriel Venne from Canada, prof. Maribel Miguel-Pérez  and Albert Pérez-Bellmunt from Barcellona (Spain). Finally, dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy , the Director of von Hagens Plastination (Guben, Germany), will present to you the Fascia Net Plastination Project.  All together we’ll give you a global view of the fasciae and a deep knowledge of all the anatomical aspects related to them.



Fascia is fascinating, and the more it is studied the more extraordinary its properties appear whether in terms of its structural, biomechanical, communication, immune or other functions. It is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that exists throughout the human body. It forms a whole-body, three-dimensional intracellular matrix of support, continuity, and communication.

The Winter School is an official event of the University of Padova, one of the most ancient university in the world, being founded in 1222, and where the most important anatomists of the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries studied and taught. Actually, the Padova team is leader in the world for the anatomical researches about fasciae, here you find the most important papers published in the last year, and that will be at the basis of our lectures:

  1. Pirri C, Fede C, Petrelli L, Guidolin D, Fan C, De Caro R, Stecco C. An anatomical comparison of the fasciae of the thigh: A macroscopic, microscopic and ultrasound imaging study. J Anat. 2020
  2. Fan C, Fede C, Pirri C, Guidolin D, Biz C, Macchi V, De Caro R, Stecco C. Quantitative Evaluation of the Echo Intensity of Paraneural Area and Myofascial Structure around Median Nerve in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Diagnostics (Basel). 2020
  3. Fede C, Pirri C, Petrelli L, Guidolin D, Fan C, De Caro R, Stecco C. Sensitivity of the Fasciae to the Endocannabinoid System: Production of Hyaluronan-Rich Vesicles and Potential Peripheral Effects of Cannabinoids in Fascial Tissue. Int J Mol Sci. 2020
  4. Fan C, Guidolin D, Ragazzo S, Fede C, Pirri C, Gaudreault N, Porzionato A, Macchi V, De Caro R, Stecco C. Effects of Cesarean Section and Vaginal Delivery on Abdominal Muscles and Fasciae. Medicina (Kaunas). 2020
  5. Pavan P, Monti E, Bondí M, Fan C, Stecco C, Narici M, Reggiani C, Marcucci L. Alterations of Extracellular Matrix Mechanical Properties Contribute to Age-Related Functional Impairment of Human Skeletal Muscles. Int J Mol Sci. 2020
  6. Fede C, Porzionato A, Petrelli L, Fan C, Pirri C, Biz C, De Caro R, Stecco C. Fascia and soft tissues innervation in the human hip and their possible role in post-surgical pain. J Orthop Res. 2020
  7. Stecco C, Giordani F, Fan C, Biz C, Pirri C, Frigo AC, Fede C, Macchi V, Masiero S, De Caro R. Role of fasciae around the median nerve in pathogenesis of carpal tunnel syndrome: microscopic and ultrasound study. J Anat. 2020
  8. Pirri C, Stecco C, Fede C, Macchi V, Özçakar L. Ultrasound Imaging of the Fascial Layers: You See (Only) What You Know. . J Ultrasound Med. 2020
  9. Fede C, Pirri C, Fan C, Albertin G, Porzionato A, Macchi V, De Caro R, Stecco C. Sensitivity of the fasciae to sex hormone levels: Modulation of collagen-I, collagen-III and fibrillin production. PLoS One. 2019
  10. Stecco C, Pirri C, Fede C, Fan C, Giordani F, Stecco L, Foti C, De Caro R. Dermatome and fasciatome. Clin Anat. 2019

The event is focused in the fascial anatomy with a global vision and an interdisciplinary approach. We think that the anatomical knowledge is the basis that all the people, interested in fasciae, need to have to better approach the patients or to understand the clinical results.


With the Winter School you will participate to a charity project

All the speakers and researchers involved in the Winter School offer their time and their knowledge for free to support the researches about fasciae at the Padova University. Indeed all the money of the inscription fees it will totally devolved directly to the University of Padova to be used for the researches about fascial anatomy. So, we hope that this event will achieve a double goal: to give you the newest knowledges about fascial anatomy and to raise enough money to support all the new research planned for 2021!



The event will be a mix between recorded and live lectures, plus some video of dissections of the fasciae performed by Carla Stecco. The live lectures are planned everyday at 13.30-14.30 and at 20.00-21.00. After these lectures the participants will have the opportunity to discuss directly with the presenters, and Friday, for the closure of the event, it is planned questions & answers time with prof. Carla Stecco and other speakers of the week, that for one hour will respond to all the questions that you can send to them during the week.

All lectures will be recorded and will be available for viewing for a month after the meeting.

All the schedule is according local Rome Time.

1st of February13.00-13.30Carla SteccoUniversity of Padova, ItalyIntroduction of the course
 13.30-14.30Carla SteccoUniversity of Padova, ItalyOverview of the fasciae
 RecordedCarla SteccoUniversity of Padova, ItalyDissection of the fasciae
 RecordedCaterina FedeUniversity of Padova, ItalyMicroscopic aspects of fasciae
 20.00-21.00Carmelo PirriUniversity of Padova, ItalyUltrasonography aspects of superficial and deep fasciae
2nd of February13:30-14.30Andrea PorzionatoUniversity of Padova, ItalyInnervation of the fasciae
 RecordedJan WilkeGoethe University Frankfurt, GermanyRole of TLF and pain
 RecordedWinfried NeuhuberUniversity of Erlangen-Nürnberg, GermanyFascial innervation
 20.00-21.00Carla SteccoUniversity of Padova, ItalyCould the fasciae be a pain generator?
3rd of February13.30-14.30Diego GuidolinUniversity of Padova, ItalyHA proprieties
 recordedMelanie MorinUniversity of Sherbrooke, CanadaFasciae of the pelvic floor
 recordedGabriel VenneMcGill University, Montreal, CanadaThe visceral fasciae
 20.00-21.00Antonio SteccoNew York University School of MedicineFasciae and hyaluronan
4th of February13:30-14.30Chenglei FanUniversity of Padova, ItalyFasciae and aging
 RecordedVladimir ChereminskiyDirector of von Hagens Plastination; Eastern Virginia Medical School, USFascia Net Plastination Project – the challenges and achievements
 RecordedRobert SchleipUniversity of Munich, GermanyFascia and sport
 20.00-21.00Nathaly GaudreaultUniversity of Sherbrooke, CanadaAssociation between Transversus Abdominis Myofascial Structure and Activation with Age using Ultrasound Imaging
5th of February13.30-14.30Veronica MacchiUniversity of Padova, ItalyMR and TC imaging of the fasciae
 RecordedCarmelo PirriUniversity of Padova, ItalyUS and Clinical cases
 RecordedAlbert Pérez-Bellmunt & Maribel Miguel-PérezUniversity of Barcellona, SpainEmbryology of the fasciae
 20.00-21.00Carla SteccoUniversity of Padova, ItalyQuestions and answers



English is the official language of this meeting.



Before you can join the Winter School, you'll first need to register for the event. You can do this from the 1th of January 2021 until the 1th of February 2021. The steps are:

  1. Click this Registration link to open the Registration page:,P_LANG:139,USA

  1. Enter your registration information and fill out any other required fields, then click Register. Once you've successfully registered, a page for the payment will appear. You can pay both with Credit card or Bank transfer.

  2. If you have selected the discount fee, you have to send an email to with the certification of your student condition.

  3. The segretary will approve your registration and then you will receive a Confirmation email and Join link.


Registration fees

  • Regular Rate:150 euros
  • Discount Rate*: 80 euros


  1.  All payments are in Euros.
  2. The registrations will be open the 1st of January 2021 and will be closed the 1st of February 2021.
  3. The regular registration fee will provide you with access to all the live and recorded lectures for all the week (from 1st to the 5th of February 2021), plus will include the access to the platform for another month to revise the lectures.
  4. Discount Rate is offered to
    1. Lower-middle and low income countries as defined by the World Bank Country Classification
    2. Students/Residents: a supportive letter signed by the head of the department or by the reference teacher confirming this status must accompany the registration form. Please send the letter by e-mail to: to the attention of Fascial Winter School Discount Registration.
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President of the event

Prof. Carla Stecco (Padua, Italy) will present an overview of the fascial anatomy and the role of fasciae in pain. She is a top expert on the subject of Fasciae. Founder Member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and of the Fascial Research Society. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and of the European Association of Anatomy. From many years her scientific activity devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. Author of more than 150 in extenso papers about the fascial anatomy, and of the first Atlas about fasciae ("Functional atlas of human fasciae", 2015, Elsevier ed.). Author of two books about Fascial Manipulation (Piccin ed), translated in 11 languages.