International Cranio Research Congress
went virtual on 10 Oct 2020



1st Internatioal Cranio Research Congress


Congress Aim and Objectives

The International Cranio Research Congress (ICRC) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, educators, CS therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, physicians and other healthcare practitioners to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of craniosacral therapy. It provides an innovative, international and interdisciplinary platform for them to present and discuss academic research, clinical studies as well as best practices in this or adjacent fields to improve human well-being. As such, this conference aims to advance the practice and foundation of craniosacral therapy, identify areas for future research, and encourage international networking and cooperation.

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Theme 2020: Cranio as Connecting Field

Unlike other fields, craniosacral therapy has not yet received the research attention it deserves. This conference aims to provide an international and interdisciplinary platform for researchers and healthcare practitioners (incl. CS therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, physicians) to present and discuss academic research, clinical studies as well as best practices in the field of craniosacral therapy and adjacent fields, such as fascia, vagus nerve, cranial osteopathy, etc.

With our theme “Cranio as connecting field”, we invite you to participate in the debate about how craniosacral therapy is able to connect different fields of knowledge and practices together.

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Six leading scientists speaking

Em. Professor Nicky Robinson, PhD
Dr. Nicola Brough, PhD MPhil RCST
Sander Kales, DO MSc
Yan Schroën, OMD MSc
Dr. Thomas Rasmussen, PhD CST
Gert Groot Landeweer, PT BSc, HP, CST

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Why (virtual) attending

Be part of this group of cranio enthusiasts to shape the conference and its network. Learn and discuss with experts in the cranio and related fields. Help shape the future of craniosacral therapy and bring to light how it fosters harmony and human well-being.

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Program 2020


Speakers 2020

Em. Prof. Nicola Robinson


Professor Nicola Robinson is Emeritus Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at London South Bank University, UK, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Evidence based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, (Chinese Ministry of Education, funded). Previous appointments include: Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of West London; Consultant Epidemiologist; Brent and Harrow Health Authority; Senior lecturer Department of Primary Care, University College London; Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial college).

Following her BSc (Hons) Biological sciences (Leicester University) and PhD in Immunology (Manchester University), she studied acupuncture, becoming a registered acupuncturist in 1982. She was awarded Fellowship of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in 2008 and was chair of the BAcC’s research committee for over 10 years. In 2004, Nicola was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit China, resulting in co-supervision of postgraduate students. She has published over 200 articles and is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Nicola Brough


Dr. Brough qualified as a craniosacral therapist from the Karuna Institute, UK, in 2006 under guidance of Franklyn Sills. Working in private practice in Staffordshire, UK, she supports a wide client base from specialising with mums and babies, children on the autistic spectrum and highly sensitive individuals. Sponsored by the Craniosacral Therapy Association UK, she undertook a Masters by Research, exploring client experiences. She was awarded an MPhil for outstanding work and published her study ‘Perspectives on the effects and mechanisms of Craniosacral Therapy: A Qualitative Study of User’ Views’ in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine, in 2015. For her PhD at the University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, UK, having identified outcomes of importance to those having CST and a variety of mind-body modalities, the findings laid the foundation for the development and validation of the Warwick Holistic Health Questionnaire (WHHQ) a Patient Reported Outcome Measure that captures mental, physical, social/relational and spiritual wellbeing. Dr. Brough completed her PhD in 2017. The WHHQ is available under license:

Sander Kales


Sander has always worked with his hands, starting as a professional basketball player and continuing in physical therapy and later osteopathy. Combined with the kinaesthetic sense, he has developed his curiosity and analytical skills through training in psychology, epidemiology, quantum physics, and complex systems. This has led to the development of an integral view on the body-mind interaction. On this journey through all these fields, personal contact has always been a driving force. Sander is a board member of the Dutch Society for Osteopathy (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Osteopathie, NVO) and the director of the Dutch Osteopathic Scientific Foundation (SWOO). More about Sander can be found on

Yan Schroën


Yan is an Oriental Medical Doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He graduated in biochemistry and acupuncture in the Netherlands and studied Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine in the People’s Republic of China. Since 1991 Yan has been working as an acupuncturist and herbalist in several clinics in the Netherlands. Because of his interest in the relation between Chinese medicine and nonlinear dynamics he got involved in scientific research at the Sino-Dutch Research Centre for Preventive and Personalized Medicine at TNO (a Dutch organization for Applied Scientific Research). Since 2007 he has been working here as a senior researcher and member of the scientific committee. He is a (guest) lecturer of Chinese medicine and systems biology at several schools and universities in Europe. He publishes regularly about these topics in scientific journals, such as PLOS One, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.

Dr. Thomas Rosenkilde Rasmussen


Thomas is a certified Upledger craniosacral therapist, teacher and Research Director of the Upledger Institute. He resides in the Copenhagen area, running a clinic for manual medicine, where the Upledger paradigm is the central core addressing a broad spectrum of clients. Since 1994, he has been working with medical science and evidence-based medicine, addressing questions related to the core of CST. He authored +50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and +100 abstracts and proceedings. Thomas acquired a diverse background in science, with a PhD degree in Medicine, a MSc in Chemistry, a BSc in Biochemistry, and a BSc in Biology.

Gert Groot Landeweer


Gert is a Dutch physiotherapist, German health practitioner, osteopath, and Upledger craniosacral therapist. After studying physiotherapy in the Netherlands, Gert came to Germany in 1984 in search of that “something” for his treatments. In 1988 he found a teacher in John Upledger and established the Upledger Institute Germany in 1993, together with his best friend René Assink. He tirelessly drives the further development and clarification of CST and osteopathy, develops his own treatment concepts (in the sense of the unification of “scientific” accuracy and humanity) and works for the recognition of this type of osteopathy in the medical-political landscape. He is a founding member of the Upledger Institute Germany and the Barral Institute Germany, as well as the German Osteopathic Corporation. Gert is an international teacher and author of numerous publications in the field of CranioSacral Therapy, Osteopathic Procedures and Cranio Mandibular Disorders. He works and lives in Vörstetten, Germany.

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Accredited by NCSV, RCN and NVA!

The Nederlandse CranioSacraal Vereniging, Register Craniosacraal therapie Nederland, International CranioSacral Association – ICSA Belgium, and the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Acupunctuur, have already accredited this congress! Accreditation is under discussion with a number of other professional and academic organizations (incl. NVO, NRO, Zhong, LVNT).

Call for Sponsors and Supporters

The conference actively brings together academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, educators and healthcare practitioners. Therefore, we welcome sponsorship or support from companies, organizations, associations, institutions and universities to get in touch with these participants from around the world. To participate as a sponsor or supporter, please contact us.

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