The Foundation recognizes that the intersection of focused ultrasound therapy and cancer immunotherapy offers a highly promising opportunity for combination approaches to treat a variety of cancers. Through our Cancer Immunotherapy Program and in collaboration with our partners and the research community, we aim to explore and assess the full potential of focused ultrasound to turn this promise into reality.

Stock Cancer Immunotherapy 16x9 smOur Cancer Immunotherapy Program

In 2015, the Foundation established a dedicated Cancer Immunotherapy Program with a mission to explore the potential of focused ultrasound to impact the cancer immunotherapy field. Learn more >

Dive into the Field

The following videos and webinar recordings introduce the exciting fields of cancer immunotherapy and focused ultrasound.

Cancer Immunotherapy Treatment and Research in a COVID-19 World

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, CEO of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and the Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer, Jessica Foley, PhD, discuss cancer immunotherapy and the ways that CRI and the Foundation are working together to advance exciting research, through a lens of the new COVID-19 environment.  

Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy

The Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer Jessica Foley, PhD, discusses focused ultrasound and its potential role in cancer immunotherapy.  

An Introduction to Cancer Immunotherapy and Focused Ultrasound

Kelsie Timbie, PhD, Scientific Programs Manager and Veterinary Program Director, provides an introduction to how the fields of focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy intersect.  

Leveraging Focused Ultrasound to Potentiate Immunotherapy for Primary and Disseminated Solid Tumors

Foundation-funded researcher Natasha Sheybani successfully defended her dissertation to earn a PhD from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Engineering & Applied Science. The thesis was the accumulation of five years spent studying the use of focused ultrasound for cancer immunotherapy.  

Help us Fund Research

Learn more about our five-year $5 million campaign to support research on focused ultrasound’s role in immune-based treatment of cancer. Learn more >

Workshops & Symposia

Since 2015, the Foundation has organized and hosted three workshops on Cancer Immunotherapy and Focused Ultrasound, all in partnership with the Cancer Research Institute. Special sessions of our biennial symposia and other workshops have also covered cancer immunotherapy.

Workshop Summaries

     •  Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop (PDF) - July 18-19, 2019
     •  Focused Ultrasound and Pancreatic Cancer Workshop Summary (PDF) - February 28-March 1, 2019
      Immunotherapy Summit (PDF) - October 14, 2016
     •  FUS for Glioblastoma Workshop (PDF) - November 9-10, 2015
      Alzheimer's Workshop (PDF) - September 17-18, 2015
      Immunotherapy Workshop (PDF) - February 11, 2015

Symposia Summaries

      Focused Ultrasound Foundation Symposium Summary 2018 (PDF)
      Focused Ultrasound Foundation Symposium Summary 2016 (PDF)
      Focused Ultrasound Foundation Symposium Summary 2014 (PDF)


By partnering with organizations who share our passion for results and collaboration, we expand our reach in the global community, deepen stakeholder investment, and leverage our donors’ contributions to advance our mission. Partnerships include but are not limited to fundraising, in-kind contributions, awareness, strategic input, and advancing critical research.

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If you would like to know more about the Foundation’s Cancer Immunotherapy initiative, please contact Chief Scientific Officer, Jessica Foley, PhD.


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