Efficacy and Safety of Transvaginal High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy in Women with Symptomatic Uterine Leiomyomas: A Clinical Trial

Dr. Jae Young Lee and colleagues at Seoul National University recently published the results from a clinical trial using a novel approach and device to treat patients with uterine fibroids: transvaginal high-intensity focused ultrasound (vHIFU).

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance for its new Safer Technologies Program (STeP), which is designed to facilitate patient access to innovative medical therapies. The program is similar to the Breakthrough Devices Program, which was established in December 2018.

A novel pivotal trial validating the use of focused ultrasound to treat the cardinal features of Parkinson’s disease has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

On January 14, 2021, the Foundation hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with a virtual screening of “Picture a Scientist.” Women leaders in focused ultrasound reflected on the film, their own experiences, and how we can work together to bring more equity and diversity to our field.

“Picture a Scientist” Panel Discussion with Women in Focused Ultrasound






 

 

 

 

Moderator
Foley Jessica squareJessica Foley, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Focused Ultrasound Foundation

 

Panelists
Kathy Ferrara sqKatherine W. Ferrara, PhD
Professor of Radiology, Stanford University

 

Elisa Konofagou sqElisa Konofagou, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Radiology, Director of the Ultrasound and Elasticity Imaging Laboratory, Columbia University

 

Wanda Nicholson sqWanda Nicholson, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor in General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

 

Natasha Sheybani sqNatasha Sheybani, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University
Senior Scientist, Focused Ultrasound Foundation

About the Film
“Picture a Scientist” is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

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