A dedicated Focused Ultrasound Center with comprehensive research plans

The Symposium was opened by James M. Larner, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UVA, and director of the new Focused Ultrasound Center. “If this technology is half as successful as many people in this audience today would say, a number of other technologies will be disrupted,” Larner said. “But we have no choice but to recognize and help uncover the truth.”

Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips Healthcare, was elected to the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board of Directors at its meeting on September 14, 2009.

The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is delighted to announce the election of Steve Rusckowski to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Rusckowski became the executive vice president and chief executive officer of Philips Healthcare in November, 2006, and has been a member of the Philips Board of Management since April 2007. He was previously CEO of the Imaging Systems business group of Philips Healthcare.

Five years in the making, the first of several “Centers of Excellence” planned by the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation was dedicated at the University of Virginia on September 14. Its mission: to become a leader in translational (or applied) and clinical research, training, and patient care, employing MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.

The UVA Center – and others like it still to be created – will play a central role in spurring the development of this new and promising technology.

The NIH is currently seeking "high risk, high impact proposals" for its 2010 NIH Director's Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards Programs, both of which are part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research.

Pioneer Awards provide up to $2.5 million in direct costs over 5 years and are open to scientists at any career stage. New Innovator Awards provide up to $1.5 million in direct costs over the same period and are for early stage investigators who have not yet received an NIH regular research (R01) or similar NIH grant.

The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is October 20, 2009. For more information, please see the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-09-010) and http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer.

The deadline for submitting New Innovator Award applications is October 27, 2009. For more information, please see the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-09-011) and http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator.

Thanks to Ellie Murcia of the NIH Office of the Director for notifying us of these opportunities.

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