November 7, 2019
 Focus Feature: Focused Ultrasound and Psychiatric Disorders
Focused Ultrasound for Psychiatric Disorders

Psychiatric disorders are a group of mental illnesses that disturb an individual’s mood, thinking, and behavior, and they represent an important health concern in today’s society. In 2018, one in five US adults (47.6 million) experienced mental illness. 

Focused ultrasound therapy is being investigated to address various types of psychiatric disorders. We have compiled an overview of the current research landscape for focused ultrasound for obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, addiction, anorexia nervosa, aggression and disruption, and Tourette's syndrome

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Meet Jeffrey: The First Patient in a Clinical Trial for OCD

In 2017, Jeffrey Kotas became the first person in North America to participate in a clinical trial investigating the safety of using focused ultrasound to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 

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Focused Ultrasound for Psychiatric Disorders Webinar

In a recent webinar, Renana Eitan, MD, discussed neurosurgical treatment options for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders and the rationale for introducing focused ultrasound for psychiatry.

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2019 Groundbreaking Preclinical Research on Neuromodulation

Neuromodulation is the reversible stimulation or suppression of neural brain activity, and until now, the exact underlying mechanisms were unclear. But, recent research has shed light on how neuromodulation occurs. 

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Patient Resources

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October 24, 2019
Breast Cancer Trial Tests Safety of Novel Focused Ultrasound Device 

A groundbreaking clinical trial for women with nonpalpable breast cancer is ongoing at Institut Bergonié in Bordeaux, France. The early-stage trial is testing a novel focused ultrasound device, called MUSE, that was designed and built by the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory at the University of Utah and Image Guided Therapy

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 Foundation News
Focused Ultrasound Pioneer Joins Foundation Team

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Narendra (Naren) Sanghvi, PhD, has joined the team in the newly created role of Resident Focused Ultrasound Guru. 

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Register Now: Focused Ultrasound for Psychiatric Disorders Webinar

Join us at 2:00 PM Eastern on Monday, October 28, when Renana Eitan, MD, will present an overview of focused ultrasound's potential to help people with psychiatric disorders. 

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Patient News
PBS NewsHour Highlights Focused Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent PBS NewsHour segment shares the story of Judi, the first Alzheimer’s patient to be treated in a US focused ultrasound clinical trial at West Virginia University. 

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Glioblastoma Patient Featured in Sunnybrook Magazine

When doctors found a deadly brain tumor, Paul worried he would have to give up music. After participating in a focused ultrasound trial to enhance chemotherapy’s effectiveness, Paul is feeling well and continues to play. 

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Research News
Focused Ultrasound Veterinary Researchers Receive Funding at Oklahoma State University

Ashish Ranjan, BVSc, PhD, and his team received nearly $2.5 million from the National Cancer Institute, Petco Foundation, and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation to develop immune-activating nanoparticles using focused ultrasound.

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Meeting Report: International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology 2019

This broad and forward-looking annual meeting focused on how the evolution of medical technologies affects healthcare. 

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Meeting Report: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2019

The recent IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium featured a number of presentations on therapeutic ultrasound across many clinical categories. 

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Research Roundup

A recent paper by a team in Dae-jeon, South Korea, described the possible underlying mechanism for how focused ultrasound induces neuromodulation in the brain.
 
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Industry News
Company Profile: Cardiawave

Cardiawave is testing their Valvosoft platform and a noninvasive focused ultrasound technique to address aortic heart valve stenosis. The company's CEO, Benjamin Bertrand, shares more about Cardiawave and its vision. 

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SonaCare Medical Loses Invaluable Team Member

SonaCare Medical is sad to share the passing of one of its longtime and most valuable employees, Rodrigo Chaluisan.

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Upcoming Events
October 28-30, 2019 Milken Institute - Future of Health Summit, Washington, DC

November 6-10, 2019 Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (SITC) 34th Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD

November 20-24, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

December 1-6, 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

December 2-6, 2019 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), San Diego, CA
 
 
 
October 10, 2019
New Trial of Focused Ultrasound in Glioblastoma: Opening the Blood-Brain Barrier for Chemotherapy

The first patient has been treated in a US multicenter clinical trial evaluating the safety of using focused ultrasound to enhance the delivery of chemotherapy in patients with deadly brain tumors.   

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 Foundation News
Foundation’s 2019 Summer Progress Report Published

The report highlights notable achievements over the past four months, including new FDA approvals, three Foundation workshops, and expanded reimbursement coverage.

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Blog: Focused Ultrasound Bubble Not About to Burst Anytime Soon

Larry Crum, PhD, shares his experiences as one of the pioneers of focused ultrasound technology and offers a glimpse of where the field is headed.

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Foundation Council Member Profile: Jonna Mendez

Retired CIA officer and author Jonna Mendez shares her interest in focused ultrasound and why she and her late husband Tony – best known for being portrayed in the film ARGO – joined the Foundation’s Council. 

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Research News
Focused Ultrasound for Glioma Featured on the Cover of Theranostics

The cover of the journal Theranostics featured preclinical research led by Nathan McDannold, PhD, investigating focused ultrasound blood-brain barrier opening for glioma. 

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Foundation-funded Research Update: Using Nonlinear Waves to Accelerate Thermal Ablation

A team at the University of Washington led by Vera Khokhlova, PhD, sought to improve focused ultrasound ablation with "shock-enhanced" exposures. 

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Meeting Report: Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Symposium

The first Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Symposium, held in Oxford, England, featured the presentation of translational preclinical and emerging clinical data.

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Meeting Report: Italian Workshop for Focused Ultrasound in Neuroscience

For the first time, multidisciplinary teams from five Italian sites convened to share experiences, research, and best practices in focused ultrasound for neurological disorders.

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Research Roundup

A team at Stanford University used focused ultrasound to significantly improve pancreatic islet cell transplantation in a mouse model.
 
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Industry News
CarThera Shares Data and Explains Novel Approach at EANO Meeting

CarThera announced promising clinical trial data at the 14th annual meeting of the European Association of Neuro-Oncology.

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Meeting Report: AdvaMed’s MedTech Conference

The 13th annual MedTech Conference celebrated notable successes of the industry and emphasized the power of medical technology in the lives of patients. 

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Upcoming Events
October 10-11, 2019 31st International Congress of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT), Heilbronn, Germany

October 13-15, 2019 American Neurological Association (ANA) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO

October 15, 2019 The Michael J. Fox Foundation 13th Annual Parkinson's Disease Therapeutics Conference, New York, NY

October 28-30, 2019 Milken Institute - Future of Health Summit, Washington, DC

November 6-10, 2019 Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (SITC) 34th Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD

November 20-24, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

December 1-6, 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

December 2-6, 2019 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), San Diego, CA
 
September 26, 2019
Focused Ultrasound for ALS: Results of First Clinical Trial Published

The findings of a ground-breaking, early stage clinical trial to assess the feasibility and safety of using focused ultrasound in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – have been published in Nature Communications.   

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The image above depicts opening the blood-brain barrier to deliver therapeutic agents. This novel approach is the ultimate goal of current research into treating ALS using focused ultrasound.
 Foundation News
Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop Results Now Available

Read discussion highlights and next steps from the Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop. 

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Lockhart Memorial Prize Offered for Cancer Research

Applications are being accepted for this annual $75,000 cash award established in memory of Andrew Lockhart. 

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Patient News
Meet J.D.: The First ALS Patient in Focused Ultrasound Trial

J.D. knows that what he is doing will not cure him of ALS or ease his symptoms – but he’s willing to do it anyway.

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NASA Engineer Finds Focused Ultrasound Is “the Fix” for Prostate Cancer

NASA safety engineer, Victor Murray, took a pragmatic approach to his prostate cancer diagnosis and found focused ultrasound therapy to be the answer.  

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Research News
Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease Featured in Special Issue of Journal Movement Disorders

The September 2019 issue of Movement Disorders provides an in-depth review and expert commentary on focused ultrasound research in Parkinson’s disease.

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Meeting Report: Korean Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

The Foundation’s Focused Ultrasound Ambassador to Asia, Dong-guk Paeng, PhD, shares highlights from the recent meeting of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound.

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Funding Opportunity for Scientists Pursuing Advanced Degrees

The Achievement Rewards for College Students Foundation aims to advance American innovation in science and engineering by supporting US citizens pursuing advanced degrees in the STEM fields.

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Research Roundup

In this case report, a Swiss team used the Profound Sonalleve device to ablate nerves causing low back pain. 
 
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Industry News
Profound Medical Partners with Vituro Health

Profound Medical and Vituro Health will jointly market the TULSA-PRO device, which was recently FDA approved to ablate prostate tissue. Vituro Health offers concierge care among leading US urologists and will begin treating patients with TULSA-PRO in Sarasota, Florida. 

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Upcoming Events
September 27 – October 1, 2019 European Society for Medical Oncology Congress, Barcelona, Spain

October 6-9, 2019 IUS IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Glasgow, Scotland

October 10-11, 2019 31st International Congress of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT), Heilbronn, Germany

October 13-15, 2019 American Neurological Association (ANA) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO

October 15, 2019 The Michael J. Fox Foundation 13th Annual Parkinson's Disease Therapeutics Conference, New York, NY

October 28-30, 2019 Milken Institute - Future of Health Summit, Washington, DC

November 6-10, 2019 Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (SITC) 34th Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD

November 20-24, 2019 Society for NeuroOncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

December 1-6, 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

December 2-6, 2019 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), San Diego, CA
 

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