Key Points

  • The University of Toronto’s Dr. Anton Fomenko described human transcranial focused ultrasound stimulation (TUS) research for neuromodulation.
  • The webinar covered designing and implementing experiments using single-transducer TUS neuromodulation and highlighted available commercial systems.

In November 2020, the FDA approved the use of focused ultrasound to treat osteoid osteoma (OO), a painful bone tumor that comprises 10 percent of all benign bone tumors. This was a major milestone for the focused ultrasound community, as it was the first US regulatory approval that will directly impact pediatric patients. We believe that more approvals for pediatrics are forthcoming, as focused ultrasound has the potential to provide an alternative to invasive surgery, replace or complement radiation therapy, and enhance drug delivery in children with brain tumors, sarcomas and other soft tissue tumors, desmoid tumors, and bone metastases.

On Wednesday, March 3, Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships, shared valuable insights on the latest research and developments in focused ultrasound for pediatric indications. 

The 2020 Symposium united scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders virtually for a multifaceted exploration of focused ultrasound. Please watch this dynamic, two-minute video of the meeting's highlights.

We also encourage you to visit our Symposium YouTube Channel to watch entire presentations on the latest focused ultrasound research and medical innovations.

The Symposium proceedings are also now available.  

Key Points

  • The Fellowship will foster early-stage investigators in the field of focused ultrasound in immuno-oncology.
  • The Lockhart family generously established the program in honor of Andrew J. Lockhart.
  • The award will provide a one-year stipend of $75,000; interested parties are invited to apply now through May 31.

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