With the encouraging completion of a first-in-human feasibility study, French manufacturer Cardiawave presented results from the first 10 patients at large cardiovascular meetings. This innovative start-up’s current clinical trial uses their Valvosoft platform and a completely noninvasive focused ultrasound technique to address aortic heart valve stenosis (narrowing) caused by calcification of the valve leaflets.

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

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.

This 20-patient clinical trial is using Insightec’s Exablate Neuro device to temporarily and reversibly open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in glioblastoma (GBM) patients undergoing standard chemotherapy treatment.

Retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers Jonna Mendez and her husband Tony – decorated heroes with more than 50 years of combined service to the United States – joined the Foundation’s Council in February 2014. Before Tony’s unfortunate passing earlier this year due to complications from Parkinson’s disease, he wrote several books including The Master of Disguise, a groundbreaking memoir that looked at the inner workings of the CIA, and three that he co-wrote with Jonna: Spy Dust about their work against the Soviets in Moscow during the Cold War; the autobiographical ARGO, the story of how the CIA used a fake science-fiction movie to rescue Americans from Iran, which became an Academy Award-winning movie (starring Ben Affleck as Tony); and their most recent book just released in May, The Moscow Rules.

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