Foundation News

  • FUSF Welcomes Arik Hananel, MD as Scientific and Medical Director

    The Foundation is pleased to welcome Arik Hananel, MD as its new Scientific and Medical Director. Hananel  was involved in the early stages of commercializing MR-guided focused ultrasound at device pioneer InSightec, Ltd. and has more than 12 years of research and development experience with the technology.

    The pivotal positions Hananel held at InSightec give him a unique vantage point for advancing the Foundation’s mission: he is familiar with the clinical research funded by the Foundation, understands how the technology is evolving and has long-standing relationships with the key stakeholders in the field.

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    Arik Hananel, MD

    “We are excited about the leadership role that Dr. Hananel will play at the Foundation. His in-depth knowledge of many facets of MR-guided focused ultrasound will be invaluable in helping to facilitate the adoption of this game-changing technology,” says Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD.

    Hananel’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing research activities, including pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, and representing the Foundation at meetings and symposia.

    Hananel is passionate about accelerating the adoption of MR-guided focused ultrasound. “It can change medicine in a way that will benefit almost every patient,” he observes. “I remember seeing the first uterine fibroid treatments, and thinking about the contrast of the long recovery processes involved in other, more invasive procedures. I would watch a woman get treated with MR-guided focused ultrasound. Thirty-minutes later, I would be sitting with her, talking and joking. It continues to amaze me, even today.

    “Once you see a patient receive the treatment, it changes your perspective completely. You need to see the person and not the procedure,” he says.

    This enthusiasm for patients is natural to Hananel. Though his career has been in the corporate world, he trained as a clinical MD and almost became a pediatrician. However, as he says, “fate intervened” when he accepted a position at InSightec.

    He is pleased that his new post at the Foundation will allow him to combine his medical degree with his two other degrees: a Bachelor’s of Computer Science and an Executive MBA. Aside from the great career fit, he considers the opportunity to be a personal “adventure.” Hananel, his wife, and three boys – ages 6, 11 and 14 – are relocating from their native Israel to Charlottesville, Virginia for the next chapter of their lives.

    Written by Ellen C., McKenna

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  • FUSF Funding Two Clinical Trials at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

    Studies are recruiting patients with essential tremor, brain tumors

    The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation has announced it is funding two new clinical trials at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. The studies will evaluate the feasibility and safety of MR-guided focused ultrasound as a treatment for essential tremor and malignant brain tumors. Performed under protocols approved by Health Canada, the noninvasive treatments will be administered through patients’ intact skulls, and study participants will remain awake – no anesthesia will be administered. The Sunnybrook team will follow each patient’s progress for three months with contrast MRI and clinical examinations.

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  • Uterine Fibroid Patient Featured on CBS Evening News Has Become an Advocate for MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (June 22, 2011) - On June 12, 2011, viewers of the CBS Evening News learned about Stephanie Small’s gripping story. Suffering from a large uterine fibroid, the 27 year-old was treated last December as part of a MR-guided focused ultrasound clinical trial at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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  • Uterine Fibroid Patient Featured on CBS Evening News Has Become an Advocate for MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (June 22, 2011) On June 12, 2011, viewers of the CBS Evening News learned about Stephanie Small’s gripping story. Suffering from a large uterine fibroid, the 27 year-old was treated last December as part of a MR-guided focused ultrasound clinical trial at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

    Small says her focused ultrasound treatment changed her life. She experienced symptom relief within a few days and reports that her quality of life has steadily and significantly improved.  “I think focused ultrasound surgery is amazing, and I believe that fears of incisions, scaring, complications and long painful recovery times are now concerns of the past with this new technology,” she says.

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  • Insurance Reimbursement is Theme of June 2011 FUSF Newsletter

    The special focus of the June 2011 Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation newsletteris reimbursement from health insurers, an important factor in ensuring the widespread adoption of MR-guided focused ultrasound therapies. First up is an interview with German radiologist Matthais Matzko, MD. He has not only created the most successful and busiest focused ultrasound center in Europe, but also convinced leading insurers to provide reimbursement for the uterine fibroid treatments he performs.

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  • FUSF Is Valuable Resource for Patient Featured in CBS Evening News Report

    On June 12, 2011, viewers of the CBS Evening News learned aboutStephanie Small’s gripping story. Suffering from a large uterine fibroid, the 27 year-old was treated last December as part of a MR-guided focused ultrasound clinical trial at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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  • FUSF-funded Project May Lead to Safer, More Effective Treatment of Breast Cancer

    Mario Ries, Ph.D., a physicist at the Laboratory for Functional and Molecular Imaging in Bordeaux, France, has been intrigued with the notion of combining noninvasive ablation with MR guidance since 1997. Today, his key ambition is help the roughly one to one and a half million people globally diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

    Ries has received a $100,000 research award from the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation to pursue a project he believes will result in a safer and more effective treatment for breast cancer. His objective is to solve the technical drawbacks that cause existing high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducers – devices that convert energy into sound waves and focus the waves on a target – to damage tissue around the breast, including to the thoracic cage, heart and lungs. Click here to read full report.

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  • FUSF Research Awards Program Reaches $2 Million Milestone

    Thanks to the generosity of FUS Foundation donors, the disbursements from our Research Awards program recently passed the $2 million mark. This funding has gone to 20 investigator-initiated projects ranging from preclinical research to pilot clinical trials using noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound. Awards are typically $100,000 for a 12-month period and have enabled investigators to explore new treatments ranging from breast, liver and pancreatic cancer to functional brain disorders and chronic back pain caused by facet joint disease. To read our full press release, click http://www.fusfoundation.org/Press-Releases/fus-foundation-research-award-disbursements-top-2-million

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  • FUS Foundation Research Award Disbursements Top $2 Million

    Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation reports research award

    disbursements have topped $2 million

     Surge in applications necessitates funding cycle changes

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  • FUS Foundation Raises Concerns About New Approach to Opening the Blood Brain Barrier with Ultrasound

    On April 22, MIT’s Technology Reviewreported thata start up company,Perfusion Technologies, has designed a headset to deliver ultrasound waves throughout the brain, thus disrupting the normally impervious blood-brain barrier so cancer drugs can pass though. According to the report, the company claims its approach is simpler and cheaper than the MR-guided focal drug delivery methods being explored by other brain researchers.

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  • Albemarle Magazine Spotlights FUSF and MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    The February/March 2011 issue of Albemarle Magazine featured an extensive interview with FUS Foundation Founder and Chairman Neal Kassell, M.D. In addition to chronicling the Foundation's origins, the report provides an excellent overview of the potential and promise of MR-guided focused ultrasound. Read report >

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  • Dates and Location Set for 2012 International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound Therapy

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (April 26, 2011) - The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation has announced the dates and location for the 3rd International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound Therapy. The meeting will be held October 14-17, 2012 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, USA.

    Targeted to scientists, clinicians and others interested in current and future applications of focused ultrasound, the 2012 symposium will spotlight research and clinical developments. The program will include plenary sessions, panel and small group discussions, poster presentations and technical exhibits.

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  • FUS Foundation Issues 2010 Annual Report

    From the launching of new initiatives in reimbursement and regulatory affairs to the 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, 2010 was a momentous year for the FUS Foundation. Research remained our key area of investment as indicated by the invitational workshops hosted by our Brain and Drug Delivery Programs and by our funding of Research Awards and Fellowships. Electronic version of our 2010 Annual Report >

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  • Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell Visits FUS Center of Excellence

    Governor Robert McDonnell of Virginia visited the Focused Ultrasound Center at the University of Virginia yesterday. Dedicated in September 2009, the center is the first to receive the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation’s “Center of Excellence” designation and is a hub for performing multidisciplinary preclinical and clinical research, training and patient treatments at the highest level.

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  • Real Women on Health Features Radio Interview with Fibroid Relief Executive Director Tina Krall

    Tina Krall, executive director of Fibroid Relief,  the FUS Foundation's inaugural patient support organization, was a guest today on "Real Women on Health," a radio program hosted by Kelley Connors. Real Women on Health is an online community and radio show for women who want to be their own health and wellness advocates. Joining Krall on the program were John Fischer, M.D. of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston and Wendy Perkins, a patient advocate who opted to treat her uterine fibroids with MR-guided focused ultrasound. Krall and Fischer will also appear at the Fibroid Relief at Last Event scheduled for April 27 in Houston. 

    According to Krall, today's program featured a discussion of various treatment options for uterine fibroids and provided "a lot of great coverage for focused ultrasound."  Here is a link to a recording of the show: http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/1/771/show_1771371.mp3

     

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  • Video Interview with World's First Essential Tremor Patient Treated with MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    The April issue of the FUS Foundation's e-newsletter features an excluvie video interview with Billy R. Williams, a patient with essential tremor who experienced dramatically positive results after being treated with MR-guided focused ultrasound. Williams is the first patient treated in a first in the world clinical trial funded by the FUS Foundation. Read more and view video.

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  • Essential Tremor Clinical Trials Are Off to a Successful Start

    A promising new, noninvasive treatment for patients with essential tremor is making headlines this week. As announced yesterday in a Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation press release, a clinical trial at the University of Virginia has successfully used MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat its first patient - a man who had been unable to use his dominant right hand for more than a decade due to essential tremor. The focused ultrasound procedure completely stopped the man's tremor, and doctors are hopeful that it will not return. The treatment involved no anesthesia, incisions or ionizing radiation and targeted the thalamus, an area deep within the brain that has been associated with movement disorders.

    The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is funding the UVA trial, which is being conducted under an FDA-aproved protocol and could treat as many as 15 patients. The Foundation is also funding a parallel clinical trial at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, which is scheduled to begin later in 2011 under a Health Canada-approved protocol. Click hereto read the Foundation's press release.

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  • New Treatments for Prostate Cancer and BPH Featured in Foundation's February 2011 Newsletter

    Just released, the Foundation's February 2011 online newsletter features a special update, "Men's health and MR-guided focused ultrasound."Through video interviews and accompanying articles, the update spotlights new treatments for two conditions that afflict millions of men worldwide – prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

    Click hereto access the newsletter.

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  • Pre-eminent Physician-entrepreneur Frederic H. Moll Joins Foundation's board

    The FUS Foundation Board of Directors has elected a new member, Frederic H. Moll, M.D., a serial entrepreneur whose start-up ventures have includedIntuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of one of today's most successful and innovative medical devices, the da Vinci Surgical System. 

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  • Pre-eminent Physician-entrepreneur, Frederic H. Moll, Joins Foundation Board

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (February 15, 2011) – The Board of Directors of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation has announced the election of Frederic H. Moll, M.D., a serial entrepreneur whose start-up ventures have included Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of one of today’s most successful and innovative medical devices, the da Vinci Surgical System.

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  • January 2011 Newsletter Spotlights Pancreatic Tumor Treatments

    The FUS Foundation's first newsletter of 2011 has been posted. This month's issue spotlights exciting developments in an area of great potential for MR-guided focused ultrasound - pancreatic tumor treatment.

    As you will read, clinicians in Europe recently treated patients with focused ultrasound to relieve pain associated with pancreatic tumors.

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  • Focused Ultrasound Featured in WUSA News Video

    Here is a video piece recently done by WUSA Channel 9 in Washington DC featuring focused ultrasound, InSightec, Philips, and our recent Symposium.

     

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  • 2010 FUSF Young Investigator Award Recipients

    Eva Bouwsma, M.D.,Mayo Clinic, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, Rochester, MN, USA
    “Clinical Predictors of Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery”

    Caitlin Burke,
    University of Virginia, Biomedical Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, USA
    Composite Drug-Delivery Agents Comprised of 5FU-Bearing Controlled-Release Nanoparticles Bonded to Microbubbles Inhibit Glioma Growth Upon Activation with Ultrasound”

    Navid Farr,University of Washington, Department of Bioengineering, Seattle, WA, USA
    “Small Animal Adaptor Setup and Protocols for Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound”

    Ronit Machtinger, M.D.,Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston, MA, USA
    “Analyzing Screen Failures Prior to MRgFUS for Uterine Fibroids: Do African American (AA) Women Have Different Characteristics?”

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  • Reminder: Abstract Submissions Deadline is August 16 for 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    Scientists and clinicians who are researching uses of MR-guided focused ultrasound are encouraged to submit abstracts for the upcoming 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.  The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, August 16.

    Scheduled for October 17-20 in the Washington, D.C. area, this landmark event will spotlight leading edge preclinical, translational and clinical research related to one of today’s most promising and innovative therapeutic technologies. The symposium will offer a multifaceted exploration of this emerging field and feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and technical exhibits.

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  • Welcome to Our New Board Member, Andrew von Eschenbach

    During its quarterly meeting on August 4, the Foundation's Board of Directors elected Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D. to a three-year term. As Foundation Chairman Neal Kassell, M.D. commented, “We are honored to welcome Dr. von Eschenbach to our board. His long-standing commitment to serving the public good by accelerating the availability of innovative medical treatments is well matched to the mission and goals of this organization. We look forward to benefitting from his vast experience, transformative perspective and eminent leadership.” 

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  • Preliminary Program and Speakers Announced for 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

    Excitement is building for the 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, which has just announced that its roster of speakers, moderators and discussion leaders will include many internationally-known thought leaders, clinicians and researchers. Please see below for details.

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  • Focused Ultrasound as Personalized Medicine: Part I, BATTLE Trial and Lung Cancer at AACR

    Recently I attended the American Association of Cancer Research Conference (AACR) in Washington, DC and the topic of personalized medicine permeated the conference. It began with the results of the BATTLE Trial (Biomarker-integrated Approaches of Targeted Therapy for Lung cancer Elimination) during the Opening Plenary Session. The BATTLE Trial is a unique Lung Cancer Trial that was the first of its kind in two ways. First, the trial design was adaptive in that the treatment plan for patients was modified during the trial. Secondly, the trial required that a fresh core needle biopsy from each patient be obtained at diagnosis.

    The acquisition of a tumor sample from a patient AND the use of tumor sample’s biomarker presentation to drive the patients’ treatment based on the biomarkers presented on their particular tumor was, well…personalized medicine. And it worked. Both the adaptive approach and the targeting of drugs to specific biomarkers resulted in improved outcomes for patients in a disease that is notably difficult to treat.

    I couldn’t help but extrapolate this study to the potential of Focused Ultrasound-mediated Targeted Drug Delivery. FUS-TDD treatments will transport highly concentrated drug payloads directly to a tumor site while providing near-immediate delivery confirmation.The BATTLE study plus the conference sessions on Nanotechnology in Cancer and on Image Guided Drug Delivery fueled my own excitement about the promise that FUS-TDD holds for the future of cancer therapy and personalized medicine.

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  • At Its First Meeting, FUS Foundation Council Visits UVA Center of Excellence

    Executive Perspective: Falko Busse, PhD, Philips Healthcare 

    Asian markets are leading the adoption of focused ultrasound, reports Falko Busse, PhD, vice president and general manager of MR-HIFU for Philips Healthcare.

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  • FUS Foundation’s Brain Program is Off to a Strong Start

    Starting with its first thought-leaders’ meeting in March 2009, the FUS Foundation’s Brain Program has rapidly evolved into an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that is sponsoring research vital to the rapid advancement of MR-guided focused ultrasound.

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  • FUSF Adds Two New Staff Members

    Matt Eames - Brain Program Senior Project Engineer

    Matt Eames, PhD, is supporting the development of technical infrastructure for clinical FUS.

    Eames earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia in ultrasound. Funding for his position was made possible by an anonymous $1 million donation to the FUSF Brain Program.

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  • Thilo Hölscher M.D., Visiting Professor

    Thilo Hölscher M.D.,Visiting Professor at UVA and the Foundation in January

    Dr. Thilo Hölscher, Assistant Professor in both Radiology and Neurosciences at the University of California at San Diego, was a guest of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation and the University of Virginia Department of Neurosurgery on January 13-14, 2010.  Dr. Hölscher attended medical school at the University of Essen in Germany, and did his neurology residency training both there and at the University of Regensburg.  He began a research fellowship in transcranial ultrasound as a Co-Investigator on a P50 NIH grant at the University of California at San Diego in the summer of 2002, where he became an assistant professor in 2004.

    Dr. Hölscher is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the use of focused ultrasound in the dissolution of intravascular clot in the treatment of stroke.  He has been instrumental in assisting the Brain Program of the Foundation in developing a comprehensive road map for the pre-clinical studies necessary to complete before beginning pilot clinical trials in patients.

    The Foundation has funded Dr. Hölscher in several ways, including work he proposed to generate a skull data base of sound absorption coefficients in 150 skulls of a wide variety of shapes and thicknesses. Shear waves and significant acoustic characteristics are much more significant at lower frequencies (those used for certain transcranial FUS). This is important in offering the possibility of expeditious treatment of stroke patients by omitting the time-consuming process of calculating the correction algorithms for each individual patient.

    The combined CT and sound field data acquired will be important to another ongoing FUSF study involving simulations to investigate the possible generation of standing waves or hot spots due to natural focusing within the skull (intracranial reflection). These studies are critical to the overall safety of FUS in the brain.

    Dr. Hölscher presented his work to a multidisciplinary audience at UVA Medical Center on January 13, 2010.  He discussed the optimal power range for sonothrombolysis, the potential role of microbubble enhancement and even the possibility of replacing tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator, a significant cause of hemorrhagic risk as currently employed with stroke patients) with microbubbles, greatly decreasing the risks of treatment.

    Illustrating the global nature of his research interests, he finished his talk with a provocative review of the possibilities of inducing heat shock proteins, eradicating Lewy bodies in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and even vagal nerve stimulation using FUS to treat the gastrointestinal complications of traumatic brain injury.

    Dr. Hölscher was recently awarded NIH RO1 funding as a multi-million dollar grant to study sonothrombolysis in the treatment of stroke.

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  • Doctors and Dignitaries Gather to Celebrate Opening of New Focused Ultrasound Center

    Over 140 attendees assembled for the official Dedication of the UVA Focused Ultrasound Surgery Center on the afternoon of September 14th, at the Jordan Hall conference center of the University of Virginia.

    Neal F. Kassell, MD, professor of neurosurgery at UVA, and founder and chairman of the Foundation, noted that focused ultrasound is where MRI was 20 years ago. “In the next 10 years, everybody here will have been treated with focused ultrasound or will know someone who has,” Dr. Kassell predicted. “This new technology has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people – each day’s delay translates into unnecessary death and disability.”

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  • Philips Healthcare CEO Joins Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board of Directors

    Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips Healthcare, was elected to the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board of Directors at its meeting on September 14, 2009.

    The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is delighted to announce the election of Steve Rusckowski to its Board of Directors.

    Mr. Rusckowski became the executive vice president and chief executive officer of Philips Healthcare in November, 2006, and has been a member of the Philips Board of Management since April 2007. He was previously CEO of the Imaging Systems business group of Philips Healthcare.

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  • Focused Ultrasound "Center of Excellence" Opens at University of Virginia - Aims to Hasten Adoption of New Technology

    Five years in the making, the first of several “Centers of Excellence” planned by the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation was dedicated at the University of Virginia on September 14. Its mission: to become a leader in translational (or applied) and clinical research, training, and patient care, employing MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.

    The UVA Center – and others like it still to be created – will play a central role in spurring the development of this new and promising technology.

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  • Founder Neal Kassell Featured in Podcast

    FUS Foundation founder Dr. Neal Kassell was recently featured in a radio interview from local news radio station WINA about focused ultrasound.

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  • 10th Neurosurgery Patient Treated at Zurich Hospital with Focused Ultrasound

    The University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland recently celebrated treating its tenth neurosurgery patient with focused ultrasound. The patient had suffered for almost ten years from neuropathic pain – pain that originated when a benign brain tumor damaged nerve fibers in his brain which led to extreme pain and cramping in his right arm.

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  • CBN Features Story on Focused Ultrasound and the Foundation

    The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) recently ran a feature on its telecast and web site about focused ultrasound surgery and the role of the FUS Foundation in accelerating the development and adoption of FUS technology.

    Entitled "The Sonic Miracle," the piece highlights the exciting current uses of the technology and some of the revolutionary possibilities the future holds.
    Featured in the article are use of the InSightec ExAblate system by Dr. Suzanne LeBlange of University MRI in Boca Raton, the experiences of two patients being treated for uterine fibroids, and commentaries by Dr. Neal Kassell and Dr. Joy Polefrone of the FUS Foundation and Pat Robertson of CBN.

    This feature represents significant media exposure for focused ultrasound. The CBN is broadcast in 95 percent of US viewing markets and is seen daily by about 1 million viewers. In addition, 650,000 people view CBN's web site each month. The response of patients and clinicians to this feature has been overwhelming with scores calling and emailing for more information. The web site article and accompanying video can be seen on the CBN web site here

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  • FUSF Funds Targeted Drug Delivery Research Project

    "Creation and Validation of a Clinically‐relevant Ultrasound‐enhanced Drug Delivery Strategy"

    Katherine W. Ferrara, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

    Summary: The primary purpose of this study is to determine the exact protocol for maximizing ultrasound-enhanced accumulation of drug in tumor and surrounding tissue. The study will use a system which precisely quantifies full-body drug biodistribution to measure drug accumulation enhancement in relation to low-mechanical index ultrasound.  A separate system will precisely control the ultrasound parameters and the resulting heating. These methods will be combined to optimize the ultrasound dose, measure accumulation and distribution of drug, and to assess efficacy.  This in-vivo study will utilize liposomal cisplatin and PET imaging. The award is for $100,000, to commence Q2 2009.  

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  • FUSF Funds Brain Disorder Research Project

    “Treatment of Chronic Functional Brain Disorders using Transcranial MR-guided Focused Ultrasound”

    Daniel Jeanmonod, M.D., University Children’s Hospital, Zurich

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  • FUSF Expands Its Research Advisory Committee

    The FUS Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of several highly-esteemed new members to its Research Advisory Committee (RAC).  The RAC reviews research funding applications and has approved several new awards during the the last two quarters. Details of this research will be announced soon.

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  • FUSF Sponsors Landmark MRgFUS Brain Workshop

    The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation and Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia hosted a Brain Workshop for Magnetic Resonance guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) March 23-25, 2009 at a retreat in Chantilly, VA. The primary objective of the workshop was to develop a comprehensive R&D roadmap that would fast-track the use of this technology to treat a variety of brain disorders including benign and malignant tumors, Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, stroke, and epilepsy.

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  • In Memoriam: Foundation Council Member Tony Mendez

    The Foundation recently lost a good friend and a champion of focused ultrasound in Tony Mendez, retired CIA officer, author, and award-winning artist. Mendez passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

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  • In Memoriam: Robert Grossman, MD

    We are saddened to report the death of Robert Grossman, MD, a pioneering neurosurgeon and chair of the Foundation’s Data Safety Monitoring Board.

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  • Claude Wasserstein Joins Foundation’s Council

    The Foundation is pleased to welcome Claude Wasserstein to its Council, a dedicated group of goodwill ambassadors who work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to provide advice and assist with raising funds and building awareness.

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  • Speaking Up for Progress: A Tribute to the Honorable William J. Howell

    The Foundation is pleased to recognize the pivotal role of Former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell in advancing the field of focused ultrasound.

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  • Foundation Holds Focused Ultrasound for DIPG Workshop

    • On Wednesday, October 27, the Foundation hosted a virtual workshop on focused ultrasound for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
    • DIPGs are highly aggressive and devastating brain tumors that affect young children.
    • Prerecorded presentations and the workshop recording are now available.

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  • Donor Profile: W. Heywood Fralin

    W. Heywood Fralin is the chairman of Medical Facilities of America, which operates 40 skilled nursing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina. He is also co-chairman of Retirement Unlimited, which operates six assisted-living facilities in Virginia.

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  • Donor Profile: Sherry Sharp

    Sherry Sharp founded the Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of her husband and to bring a greater awareness to the need for research funding. Sharp serves on the board of directors of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and as an advisor to Sweet Monday Ministry.

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  • Symposium to Include ISTU Special Session

    The Foundation and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) are discussing alternative methods to present key data after the postponement of ISTU 2020. The two organizations are exploring ideas for a special session at the Foundation’s 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasoundin November, which would include research presented by the ISTU 2020 Annual Award Winners. 

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  • Donor Profile: Ray Chambers


    Key Points

    • Mr. Chambers is a philanthropist, humanitarian, and an early and successful pioneer in the private equity landscape.
    • He is Ambassador to the World Health Organization for Global Strategy and Health Financing
    • Learn why he supports focused ultrasound and the Foundation.

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  • King Family Vineyards' 2022 River Cruise to Benefit Foundation


    Key Points

    • King Family Vineyards and the Travel Corner are organizing a July 2022 cruise and wine tour along the Seine River.
    • A portion of each booking will be donated to the Foundation in honor of the late David King.

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  • Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor Now Reimbursed in Japan

    Insightec recently announced that their Exablate Neuro treatment for essential tremor will now be reimbursed in Japan.

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  • Foundation Goes Purple in Fight to End Alzheimer’s

    Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. As clinical trials advance and more data are gathered, focused ultrasound technology is gaining wider recognition for its potential to noninvasively, temporarily and safely open the blood-brain barrier to enable delivery of drugs or other neurotherapeutics to specific targets in the brain to effectively treat Alzheimer’s.

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  • Master’s Student Completes Foundation-funded Thermometry Project

    One of the Foundation’s central values is to foster the next generation of researchers, and we are proud to announce that Yekaterina “Katya” Gilbo recently completed her work on a focused ultrasound thermometry project sponsored by the Foundation and earned her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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  • Peter Gabriel Joins Foundation’s Council

    The Foundation is pleased to announce that Peter Gabriel has joined the Council, a passionate group of individuals often referred to as the “goodwill SWAT team.” The Council works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to provide advice and assist with raising funds for and building awareness of focused ultrasound.

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  • Intern Update: Isabella Small

    The Foundation has a mission to foster the next generation. Isabella Small, a multi-year intern who became a part of our research team, has been accepted into a medical physiology graduate program at Case Western Reserve University. We interviewed Isabella to learn about her experiences at the Foundation and her plans for the future.

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  • Scope of FUS Partners Program Expanded

    In June, the Foundation’s FUS Partners program received approval to expand the scope of the program’s activities. Started in April 2018, the program was initially created to systematize activities related to helping the focused ultrasound industry’s commercial sector become successful.

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  • In Memoriam: Jane “Kitchie” Tolleson

    Dear Friends,

    We have lost a champion and a delightful, irrepressible friend with the passing of Jane “Kitchie” Tolleson (Foundation Council 2012-2020) on July 22, 2020.

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  • Foundation Team Members Support “No Kid Hungry” Campaign

    In July, the Foundation team continued its internal giving campaign to support those impacted by our current global health crisis.

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  • Donor Profile: Katie and Todd Boehly

    • A family health condition led the Boehlys to learn of the Foundation and the promise of focused ultrasound.
    • They decided to get involved to help make focused ultrasound available to countless patients.

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  • Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer Presents on Focused Ultrasound for Pain Management

    The Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer Jessica Foley, PhD, was an invited speaker at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Educational Conference in Richmond, Virginia, held on October 29, 2019.

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  • Donor Profile: Tom Gentile

    Tom Gentile was named president and chief executive officer of Spirit AeroSystems in August 2016. Spirit is an $8 billion manufacturer of structures such as fuselages and wings for commercial and military aircraft.

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  • Former Intern, Colleague Awarded Prestigious Chancellerie Prize

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