June 13, 2019
Focused Ultrasound and Gene Therapy Provide Hope for Parkinson's

Focused ultrasound is being used to deliver gene therapy across the blood-brain barrier to restore nerve pathways damaged in Parkinson’s disease. This groundbreaking work is rapidly becoming a promising option for potentially curing the disabling disease. 

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 Foundation News
Foundation Participates in Education and Awareness for Cancer Immunotherapy Month

The Foundation is proud to be part of the emerging field of focused ultrasound for immune-based cancer treatment. “Wear White” on June 14 for a future immune to cancer.

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Council Update: Jane Batten Receives Honorary Degree from William & Mary

Foundation Council member and co-chair, Mrs. Jane P. Batten, was awarded an honorary degree at the 2019 William & Mary commencement ceremony. Watch to learn more about Mrs. Batten’s philanthropic activities, including her dedication to education and the environment. 

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 Patient News
Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor Now Reimbursed in Japan

Insightec announced that their Exablate Neuro treatment for essential tremor will now be reimbursed in Japan, where nine medical centers are currently offering the treatment. 

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Patient Spotlight: Prostate Cancer Patient Thomas

Thomas was treated with high intensity focused ultrasound therapy for prostate cancer. He flew to Washington, DC, to tell representatives about the treatment’s effectiveness.

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Patient Spotlight: ALS Patient Hanna

After being diagnosed with ALS, Hanna volunteered to receive focused ultrasound therapy to open the blood-brain barrier over the motor cortex at Sunnybrook.

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Research News
Focused Ultrasound Gene Delivery System for Parkinson’s Disease Earns University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins $2.5M Grant

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded a $2.5 million research grant to Rich Price, PhD, and Jung Soo Suk, PhD, for their gene therapy project.

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Stanford Scientists Create Novel Simulation Method for Brain Application

Researchers at Stanford University sought to develop a system that could precisely predict focal spot heating during focused ultrasound brain treatment. 

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Meeting Report: Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine was held April 28 – May 2 in Florida. Eight international research groups presented focused ultrasound abstracts.

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Preprints Survey

Should research papers be openly shared prior to the peer review process? The Center for Open Science (COS) is asking for participation in a survey. 

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Research Roundup

Could focused ultrasound become the first-line treatment for children with osteoid osteoma? Data from three international university hospitals provide initial evidence. 
 
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Industry News
Sonovein Study Data Presented at Charing Cross Innovation Showcase

Theraclion's Sonovein system received the CE mark for treating varicose veins; they were invited to present at the Charing Cross Symposium’s “Innovation Showcase.” 

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Meeting Report: Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI)

The US Food and Drug Administration held an interactive workshop with regulatory experts, creating understanding for drug and medical device regulatory requirements.

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Upcoming Events
June 12-15, 2019 Ultrasound Energy - ISTU and EUFUS Joint Meeting, Barcelona, Spain 

June 20-21, 2019 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California

June 24-27, 2019 World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) 18th Biennial Meeting, New York, New York

July 14-18, 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Los Angeles, California

July 14-18, 2019 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 61st Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

July 23-27, 2019 IEEE 41st International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2019), Berlin, Germany

August 2-6, 2019 American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Convention, Washington, D.C.

August 16-17, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) Inaugural Conference on Brain Metastases, New York, New York

August 29-31, 2019 5th World Congress on Parkinsons & Huntington Disease, Vienna, Austria 


September 5, 2019 Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Annual Public Forum, Washington, DC

September 15-18, 2019 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

September 23-23, 2019 Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Symposium, Oxford, UK  
Poster Deadline is September 2, 2019
 
 
May 30, 2019

The Foundation has published a roadmap for the role of focused ultrasound in treating pancreatic cancer based on a recent meeting of a multidisciplinary group of experts and leaders in the industry.

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 Foundation News
Latest Developments in Focused Ultrasound Highlighted at Community Event

The Foundation held its biennial event, which explored the latest breakthroughs in focused ultrasound and its potential to confront the most vexing challenges in medicine.

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Blog: Focused Ultrasound for Lung Tumors – From Impossible to Possible

Focused ultrasound was previously believed not to be an option for treating lung tumors, but recent studies have provided hope for the technology as a treatment option.

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UVA Capstone Students Conduct Projects at Foundation

The Foundation hosted six interns from the University of Virginia for their capstone projects. Learn more about each student’s project and their work with the Foundation.

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Donor Profile: Jimmy Wright, PhD

Jimmy Wright, PhD, President of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, shares his enthusiasm for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s mission and activities.
 
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Council Update: Meredith Woo Joins American Hospital in Paris Foundation Board

Meredith Woo, PhD, council member and president of Sweet Briar College, has recently joined the board of the American Hospital in Paris Foundation.

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 Patient News
Patient Spotlight: Kyle Fernandez

Struggling with symptoms since kindergarten, Kyle was finally diagnosed with essential tremor as a young man. Focused ultrasound treatment gave him his life back.

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Research News
Focused Ultrasound–Assisted Delivery of Stem Cells in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease: Pilot Study Results

Results from a collaborative study between SonaCare Medical, physicians at the Arkansas Heart Hospital Vein & Vascular Institute, and NIH scientists were published.
 
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Preprints Survey

Should research papers be openly shared prior to the peer review process? The Center for Open Science (COS) is asking for participation in a survey. 

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Research Roundup

Columbia University researchers conducted experiments to determine whether focused ultrasound would assist in repairing damaged neural pathways in patients with Parkinson’s. 
 
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Industry News
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used in Case of Previously Untreated Breast Cancer

A case report from a patient in Germany who refused traditional breast cancer treatment and asked specifically for focused ultrasound has been published.

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Essential Tremor Position Statement Published by the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

The American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery published a new position statement on focused ultrasound for patients with essential tremor.

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FDA Publishes List of Priority Patient Preference Areas for Medical Devices

The FDA is working to incorporate patient experiences to help inform the agency’s evaluation of medical devices as part of their approval process for device manufacturers.

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Upcoming Events
June 9-13, 2019 14th Biennial Congress and Exhibition of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 10-11, 2019 Society for Image Guided Neurointerventions (SIGN), Baltimore, Maryland

June 13-15, 2019 19th International Symposium of ISTU | 5th European Symposium of EUFUS, Barcelona, Spain

June 20-21, 2019 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California

June 24-27, 2019 World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) 18th Biennial Meeting, New York, New York

July 14-18, 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Los Angeles, California

July 14-18, 2019 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 61st Annual Meeting & Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas

July 23-27, 2019 41st International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2019), Berlin, Germany

August 2-6, 2019 American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Convention, Washington, D.C.

August 16-17, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) Inaugural Conference on Brain Metastases, New York, New York

August 29-31, 2019 5th World Congress on Parkinsons & Huntington Disease, Vienna, Austria 
May 16, 2019
Prostate Cancer Trial Results Announced

Profound Medical announced promising results from their TULSA-PRO ablation clinical trial in patients with prostate cancer, which was designed to support Profound’s FDA application to market the device in the United States. 

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Industry News
Theraclion Obtains CE Mark for Treatment of Varicose Veins

In April, Theraclion announced that it had obtained the CE mark for its newly developed SONOVEIN® focused ultrasound system for the treatment of varicose veins.

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Cardiawave Begins First Human Aortic Stenosis Clinical Trial

Cardiawave, a focused ultrasound company with a mission to reduce aortic valve stenosis caused by calcification, will soon begin clinical trials to test its Valvopulse device.

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 Foundation News
Foundation Honored at THRiVE 2019 Conference

Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, accepted an award on behalf of the Foundation for Outstanding Contributions to Virginia Bioscience at the THRiVE 2019 conference.

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Foundation Welcomes New Council Members

The Foundation is pleased to announce Allan Stam and Deborah Caldwell have joined the Foundation’s Council, a dedicated group of goodwill ambassadors. 

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Board Update: Fred Moll Sells Auris to Johnson & Johnson, Appointed Chief Development Officer

Longtime Foundation Board Member, Frederic H. Moll, MD, sold his medical robotics company, Auris Health, Inc., to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for $3.4 billion and was appointed Chief Development Officer at J&J.

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 Patient News
Essential Tremor Patient Featured on “The Doctors”

Jodi, mother of three, recently appeared on an episode of “The Doctors” to discuss living with essential tremor and the impact focused ultrasound treatment had on her life.

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May is Mental Health Month

The Foundation recognizes mental health conditions as serious medical diseases and supports researchers exploring focused ultrasound to treat them.

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OCD Patient Treated in Toronto

Jeffrey is the first person in North America to participate in a clinical trial at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre investigating the use of focused ultrasound to treat OCD.
 
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Research News
Ohio State Joins Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

The OSU Wexner Medical Center announced the start of a clinical trial using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier in patients with Alzheimer's disease.  

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Focused Ultrasound Study for Pets Funded by Petco Foundation, Blue Buffalo

A focused ultrasound study for pets, which will help inform how the technology can be used to treat tumors in humans, is being funded by Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo.

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Meeting Report: American Urological Association 2019 Meeting

The American Urological Association annual meeting was held May 3-6, where high-intensity focused ultrasound for prostate and kidney applications were featured.

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Research Roundup

An international group of clinicians determined whether skull density ratio impacted safety or efficacy for essential tremor patients when treated with focused ultrasound.

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Upcoming Events
June 9-13, 2019 14th Biennial Congress and Exhibition of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 10-11, 2019 Society for Image Guided Neurointerventions (SIGN), Baltimore, Maryland

June 12-15, 2019 Ultrasound Energy - ISTU and EUFUS Joint Meeting, Barcelona, Spain 


June 20-21, 2019 WSGR Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California

June 24-27, 2019 World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) 18th Biennial Meeting, New York, New York

July 14-18, 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Los Angeles, California

July 14-18, 2019 American Association of Physicists in Medicine Annual Meeting (AAPM), San Antonio, Texas

July 23-27, 2019 IEEE 41st International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), Berlin, Germany

August 2-6, 2019 American Veterinary Medicine Association Convention (AVMA), Washington, DC

August 16-17, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) – Inaugural Conference on Brain Metastases, New York, New York

August 29-31, 2019 5th World Congress on Parkinsons & Huntington Disease, Vienna, Austria 
 
April 24, 2019

Focused ultrasound neuromodulation has been successfully used to affect the memory behavior of macaque monkeys, potentially bringing us one step closer to mapping the human brain.

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 Foundation News
Foundation Chairman Keynotes First Investor/Analyst Conference on Focused Ultrasound

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD, was the keynote speaker at Analyst & Investor Day, a first-of-its-kind gathering in the field of focused ultrasound.  

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Blog: Focused Ultrasound Comes of Age

The diffusion or adoption of a new therapeutic medical device technology occurs exponentially, and the field of focused ultrasound, which has been gathering momentum and growing at a rate that has vastly exceeded any of our expectations, is proving to be no exception. 

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Donor Profile: Sherry Sharp

Sherry Sharp founded the Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of her husband and supports research for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
 

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 Patient News
Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial Patients Featured in Baltimore Sun

A recent Baltimore Sun article includes interviews with two of the first patients in a clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat neuropathic pain.

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Research News
Clinical Trials Combine Focused Ultrasound with Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

A public-private collaboration in Lyon, France, is underway to develop an alternative therapy for standard prostate cancer treatment. 

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Meeting Report: American Association of Cancer Research 2019 Annual Meeting

Scientists and physicians from around the world convened at AACR 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, to learn about the latest discoveries across the spectrum of cancer research. 

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Meeting Report: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Neurological surgeons met in April for the 2019 AANS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California; the meeting’s theme was “The Science of Practice.”
 

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Society for Neuro-Oncology to Hold Inaugural Conference on Brain Metastases

The Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) will hold its first conference on brain metastases, providing an opportunity to share focused ultrasound work with others in the metastatic brain cancer community.

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Research Roundup

Researchers explored using focused ultrasound to precisely deliver drugs carried in nanoparticles as an alternative to current oncologic, neurologic, and cardiovascular therapies.

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Industry News
HistoSonics' Tech Attracts Health Care Heavyweights

Ann Arbor-based HistoSonics announced that it has closed on a venture capital funding round of $54 million for its focused ultrasound therapy (histotripsy), which destroys cancer tumors. The investment, led by two healthcare heavyweights – Varian Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson Innovation – is believed to be the second-largest funding round for a medical device company in Michigan history.
 
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Upcoming Events
April 28–May 2, 2019 Society For Thermal Medicine (STM) 36th Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida

May 2, 2019 Virginia BioTech Thrive Conference, Richmond, Virginia 

May 3-6, 2019 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

May 4-10, 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 6-7, 2019 Drug Delivery West, San Francisco, California

May 13-17, 2019 Acoustical Society of America, Louisville, Kentucky

May 31–June 4, 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

June 9-13, 2019 14th Biennial Congress and Exhibition of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 10-11, 2019 Society for Image Guided Neurointerventions (SIGN), Baltimore, Maryland

June 13-15, 2019 Ultrasound Energy - ISTU and EUFUS Joint Meeting, Barcelona, Spain

June 20-21, 2019 WSGR Medical Device Conference, San Francisco, California


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