March 26, 2020
The Foundation stands in solidarity with you and the global community impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We have created a dedicated webpage including a message from our Chairman and resources to help our community stay abreast of rapidly changing guidelines and policies that impact the field. 
University of Michigan Researcher Receives Lockhart Memorial Prize

Zhen Xu, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, is the recipient of the 2019 Andrew J. Lockhart Memorial Prize, presented by the Foundation.

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 Foundation News
Registration Opens for the Foundation's 2020 Symposium

Please plan to join us for the 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, to be held November 8-13, in McLean, Virginia. 

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Virginia Governor Northam to Deliver Keynote Address at Focused Ultrasound Symposium

We are pleased to announce that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will speak at the 2020 Symposium. 

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Watch Now: Histotripsy for Cancer and Neurological Diseases Webinar

On March 25, Zhen Xu, PhD, discussed the basics of histotripsy and the latest on its use to treat cancer and neurological diseases.

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Now Accepting Applications for Global Internships

The Foundation’s Global Internship Program allows students who are interested in focused ultrasound to conduct research with esteemed mentors in the field.

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Patient News
Prostate Cancer Patient Joins Fly-In to Meet with Policymakers

Reggie chose focused ultrasound to treat his prostate cancer and joined the Foundation in Washington, DC, earlier this month to help ensure others have the same opportunity.

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Research News
Investigator Profile: Ashish Ranjan BVSc, PhD

As a veterinarian scientist, Dr. Ranjan studies how focused ultrasound can noninvasively treat cancer and non-healing wounds in dogs and cats.

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Histotripsy-induced Immune Response

A research group based at the University of Michigan studied whether histotripsy could create an immune response against melanoma or hepatocellular carcinoma tumors.

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FDA Issues Guidance on Clinical Trials Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance for those conducting clinical trials during these challenging times.  

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COVID-19 Pandemic Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released information for researchers who have received or are in the process of applying for project funding.

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Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Seeks Input on White Paper

April 2, 2020 is the deadline for the public comment period on MDIC’s white paper: “Maximizing Patient Input in the Design and Development of Medical Device Clinical Trials.”

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Industry News
Landmark Multi-center, Live Broadcast of Focused Ultrasound Treatments

On International Women’s Day, more than 40 focused ultrasound centers in China and Taiwan performed and broadcast live uterine fibroid treatments.

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Help Available for US Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs that may be of interest to US-based focused ultrasound companies.  

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Upcoming Events
Meetings Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
A number of upcoming conferences have been postponed or canceled, including SIR 2020ISTU 2020, the 11th National Image Guided Therapy Workshop, and two upcoming meetings of the ASA. We encourage you to check all organizations’ websites for the most current information. 
April 26-28, 2020 Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's 14th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Workshop, Philadelphia, PA | This workshop will now be a virtual meeting. 

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK | Abstract submissions are due May 4.

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada


November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA | Registration is now open. 

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL | Abstract submissions are due April 29. 

March 12, 2020
Patients and Physicians Advocate for Focused Ultrasound in Washington, DC

The Foundation and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) partnered to host the second “fly-in” event aimed to educate policymakers on focused ultrasound therapy.

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 Foundation News
Foundation Hosts Summit on Focused Ultrasound Reimbursement Strategies

Together with its advocacy partner, AdvaMed, the Foundation hosted a summit on reimbursement strategies for focused ultrasound treatments. 

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Register Now: Histotripsy for Cancer and Neurological Diseases Webinar

Zhen Xu, PhD, will discuss the basics of histotripsy and the latest on its use to treat cancer and neurological diseases. 

Wednesday, March 25 | 10:00 AM Eastern
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Blog: How Focused Ultrasound Can Help Combat the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis, but focused ultrasound is being investigated to address chronic pain and addiction. 

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Donor Profile: W. Heywood Fralin

A longtime supporter of medical innovation, W. Heywood Fralin shares what piqued his interest about focused ultrasound and how he thinks it will make a difference in Virginia and around the world.  

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Patient News
Maryland Essential Tremor Patient Shares his Experience with Focused Ultrasound

The Washington Post recently published the story of a Baltimore-area dentist who chose focused ultrasound to still his tremors.

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Research News
$16.7 Million Grant to Spur Focused Ultrasound Brain Research in Toronto

The new Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative at Sunnybrook will revolutionize treatment of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and brain cancer. 

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Preclinical Study Explores Impact of Focused Ultrasound

Scientists from Seoul National University studied the glymphatic-lymphatic system’s role in clearing beta-amyloid from the brain and improving memory. 

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Apply Now: Women in Cancer Immunotherapy Leadership Institute

March 23 is the deadline to apply to attend one of two SITC programs designed to empower emerging female leaders in cancer immunotherapy.  

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Industry News
First FUS Unicorn: Insightec Announces up to $150 Million Investment

Device manufacturer, Insightec has signed definitive agreements for an investment round of up to $150 million led by Koch Disruptive Technologies. The round puts Insightec at a post-money valuation of $1.3 billion, making it the first focused ultrasound unicorn (a privately held company valued over $1 billion.) 

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Upcoming Events
Meetings Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19
A number of upcoming conferences have been postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Notable focused ultrasound-related meetings affected by this include ISTU 2020SIR 2020, and the 11th National Image Guided Therapy Workshop. We encourage you to check all organizations’ websites for the most current information. 
April 26-28, 2020 Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's 14th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Workshop, Philadelphia, PA | Abstract submission has been extended through March 27.

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK | Abstract submissions are due May 4.

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada


November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL | Abstract submissions are due April 8 at Noon CT. 


February 27, 2020
First Medicare Reimbursement Approved for Parkinson’s Disease

Medicare patients in some Southeastern states now have coverage for focused ultrasound treatment of tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease.

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 Foundation News
Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors Webinar Now Available

Michael Lim, MD, discussed the state of multimodal immunotherapy for some of the deadliest brain tumors, glioblastomas. 

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Milken Institute Summit Features Focused Ultrasound

The Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships participated in a transformative panel discussion at the 2020 Milken Institute Middle East and Africa Summit. 

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Focused Ultrasound Highlighted at Annual Pain Meeting

A prominent pain expert delivered a keynote address on how focused ultrasound will become a standard of care. 

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Patient News
Essential Tremor Patient Steady After Focused Ultrasound

Will Irwin was used to spilling drinks and fielding questions about his tremors, but not since undergoing focused ultrasound therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Research News
Meeting Report: Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer

The 12th International Symposium on Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer included presentations on focused ultrasound for the prostate.  

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$600,000 Grant Available for Brain Cancer Research

The Sontag Foundation is seeking applications for a four-year grant to advance primary brain tumor/brain cancer research. 

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Institutions Encouraged to Publish Null Results

An open science center in Berlin is aiming to improve data reliability by incentivizing institutions to make null results available.  

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University of California and PLOS Partner to Promote Open Access Publications

The University of California (UC) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) announced a two-year agreement to fund $1,000 in article processing fees for UC researchers to more easily publish their work in PLOS open access journals.

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Industry News
Take Action for AdvaMed: Thank Congress for Repealing the Medical Device Excise Tax

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) recently issued the following call-to-action: Thank Congress for repealing the medical device excise tax. 

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Upcoming Events
ISTU 2020 Postponed
Due to the current situation in Korea with the COVID-19 outbreak, the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) leadership has made the decision to postpone this year's conference to a date not yet determined. 
March 28 – April 2, 2020 The Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

April 16-17, 2020 11th National Image Guided Therapy Workshop, Rockville, MD 

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK 

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada


November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL | Abstract submissions are due April 8 at Noon CT. 


February 13, 2020
Results of First-In-Human FUS Histotripsy Trial for Liver Cancer Presented

Results of an early-stage clinical trial using histotripsy for primary and metastatic liver cancer were shared at the Society of Interventional Oncology's Annual Scientific Meeting. 

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 Foundation News
Register Now: Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors Webinar

Join us at 1:00 PM Eastern on Monday, February 24, when Michael Lim, MD, will review the state of multimodal immunotherapy for glioblastoma. 

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Focused Ultrasound Presented at Florida Event

Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, recently spoke to a capacity crowd at the Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach, Florida, to raise awareness of focused ultrasound. 

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Blog: Focused Ultrasound as the Future of Equine Medicine

The Foundation’s Veterinary Program Director shares how focused ultrasound could help horses – including her own – with a variety of disorders.

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Patient News
Tremor Patient is Back on Target Thanks to Focused Ultrasound

Bob Dienst is a man of many talents, but essential tremor sidelined him from his hobbies. That is, until his ‘life-changing’ focused ultrasound treatment.

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Research News
New Alzheimer’s Disease Trial Begins in New York

A team at Columbia University has launched a clinical trial to test their novel device for blood-brain barrier opening in patients with Alzheimer’s.

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Case Study Shows Potential to Decrease Pancreatic Cancer Pain, Extend Survival

A patient in Tokyo with pancreatic cancer survived more than four years while undergoing focused ultrasound in conjunction with standard systemic chemotherapy. 

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Swiss Team Publishes New Data on Parkinson’s Disease

A collaborative group in Switzerland significantly reduced symptoms, medication intake, and related measures in 47 Parkinson's patients, 15 of whom received treatment on both sides of the brain.

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Two Manufacturers Recap 2019 Highlights and Look Forward

Two important players in focused ultrasound in France have released statements on their success in 2019 and plans for the coming year. 

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Upcoming Events
February 13-16, 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

February 25-26, 2020 US FDA Public Workshop - Evolving Role of Artificial Intelligence in Radiological Imaging, Bethesda, MD

April 16-17, 2020 11th National Image Guided Therapy Workshop, Rockville, MD 

May 17-20, 2020 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound, HICO, Gyeongju, Korea | Abstract submissions are due February 17, and the early registration deadline is February 29!

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK 

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada


November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL | Abstract submissions are due April 8 at Noon CT. 
 

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