CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Sept. 20, 2011) – The Focused Ultrasound Surgery (FUS) Foundation has announced the selection of Wladyslaw Gedroyc, MD of Imperial College and Saint Mary's Hospital in London as Honorary President of the 3rd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.

A consultant radiologist, Gedroyc is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the development of noninvasive patient treatments using MR-guided focused ultrasound. Much of Gedroyc's ground-breaking work has involved the treatment of uterine fibroids and abdominal conditions such as pancreatic and liver tumors. He is currently investigating a focused ultrasound application to alleviate the severe back pain associated with facet joint disease.

Gedroyc anticipates that the 2012 symposium will showcase and contribute to the escalating progress of preclinical research and new clinical applications. "I hope that symposium attendees will gain a huge insight into the full range of applications that focused ultrasound can provide to them and, therefore, to their patients," he said.

Click here to view Gedroyc's video announcement about the 2012 symposium.

FUS Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, noted, "We are delighted to have Professor Gedroyc serving as Honorary President. He is a preeminent clinician and thought-leader who has been a driving force in the field of therapeutic ultrasound. We deeply appreciate his accomplishments and applaud the vision and values that have shaped his work."

The 3rd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound will be held October 14- 17, 2012 in Bethesda, MD, USA. Organized by the FUS Foundation, it is a premier event for the worldwide community of scientists, clinicians and others interested in current and future applications of an emerging and highly promising medical technology, MR-guided focused ultrasound.

The symposium's three-day agenda will spotlight leading edge preclinical, translational and clinical research and address issues impacting widespread adoption of MR-guided focused ultrasound therapies. Information about the symposium can be found here.

About the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation

Driven by the desire to save lives, alleviate suffering and prevent disability, the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is devoted to advancing one of modern medicine's most promising and game-changing technologies, noninvasive magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (FUS).

Founded in 2006 and based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Foundation is a high-performance, not-for-profit organization with global reach and an entrepreneurial spirit. To accelerate the availability and reimbursement of FUS treatments, the Foundation hosts symposia and thought-leader workshops, funds preclinical and clinical research, supports the establishment of FUS Centers of Excellence, promotes patient awareness and education, and serves as the nexus of a collaborative research network consisting of sites and investigators around the world. The Foundation's work is made possible by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. For complete information, visit www.fusfoundation.org.

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