Symposia and Workshops
As the nexus of the focused ultrasound community, the Foundation sponsors a biennial international symposium as well as workshops throughout the year addressing key challenges and opportunities for the technology.
While these meetings are a forum for exchanging knowledge and ideas, the most important aspect is fostering collaborations and partnerships.
There are many stakeholders involved in the development and adoption pathways of focused ultrasound—clinicians, scientists, engineers, manufacturers, regulators, research institutions, philanthropic foundations, venture capitalists, insurance companies and patients.
As a trusted, unbiased, independent third party that does not stand to achieve financial gain, the Foundation has the unique ability to play the role of global connector and link all of these stakeholders. By bringing them together, the Foundation serves as the catalyst for focused ultrasound’s progress and an incubator to foster collaboration—collaboration being the ultimate force multiplier for intellectual capital.
On a biennial basis, the Foundation hosts an International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. This meeting is the world’s largest gathering of clinical and scientific experts advancing the field of image-guided focused ultrasound.
Targeted to researchers, clinicians, industry, government and others interested in focused ultrasound, the symposium offers a multifaceted exploration of the field, featuring plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and technical exhibits. The sixth symposium was held October 21-25 in Reston, Virginia, and was the most comprehensive meeting yet with more than 450 people in attendance. More than 250 papers were presented.
To drive innovation, solve problems and overcome barriers, we forge collaborations with leading investigators worldwide on specific medical conditions or technical challenges. The Foundation organizes workshops and mini-workshops regularly focused on issues such as improving brain imaging, treating neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors) and treating liver tumors.
In addition to the Foundation-organized symposia and workshops, we provide assistance and financial support to other meetings, including the International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound, Focused Ultrasound Therapy - European Symposium, and the Society for Thermal Medicine's Annual Meeting.