The UK’s leading research funding agency, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, has awarded a £1.25 – about $1.9 million – grant to researchers at Imperial College and King’s College in London to develop a localized cancer treatment using three key technologies: heat-sensitive nanoparticles, magnetic resonance imaging and MR-guided focused ultrasound.

Collaboration is a key aspect of Day 2 of the Brain Workshop. Several attendees comment that it is truly beneficial to have scientists and clinicians meeting together and discussing technical issues, both in small work group and in general sessions.

Presentations also underscore the value of collaboration. Several speakers present research that builds upon the work of other workshop participants. There is talk of having researchers and clinicians travel among various MR-guided focused ultrasound sites. This practice would promote cross-training and knowledge of different research projects and treatments under development.

Today is closing day for the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation's 2010 Brain Workshop. In his wrap-up remarks, Foundation CEO Neal Kassell, MD, observes, "This workshop accomplished everything we set out to do."

The 2010 Brain Workshop is now in progress.

Excitement is in the air. Virtually every pioneer and thought leader in the field of MR-guided Focused Ultrasound for brain treatments is in the room. Attendees represent academia, industry and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and include a international mix of specialties: neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, neuroscientists, biomedical engineers, physicists, product-development managers and medical device company executives.

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