April 22, 2021 - New Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinical Trial – and more news



April 22, 2021

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Clinical Trial of Focused Ultrasound for Trigeminal Neuralgia Seeks Patients
  • The University of Maryland School of Medicine has launched a clinical trial investigating focused ultrasound to treat trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic and disabling pain condition.
  • Patients with primary trigeminal neuralgia, including those who have not benefitted from other treatments, are encouraged to inquire.
  • The Foundation is funding this trial and another pain study where patients are treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Foundation News
Foundation Forms Partnership with Medical Device Manufacturers Association
  • The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association providing educational and advocacy assistance to medical technology companies.
  • Through this partnership, the Foundation and ten focused ultrasound companies have become members of MDMA.

Join the Kranion User Group
  • Kranion® is an open source focused ultrasound simulation tool developed at the Foundation.
  • The Kranion® user group connects via Zoom to network, share experiences, and collaborate.
  • Those interested in simulation technology are welcome to join!

The Foundation Launches a New Open Research Repository
  • The Foundation and the Center for Open Science have created an open research repository.
  • Researchers can browse data and materials and contribute their own work to the scholarship.
  • The Foundation is dedicated to open science and encourages transparency in focused ultrasound research.

Now Accepting Applications for Global Internships
  • The Foundation’s Global Internship Program allows high school and college students to conduct research with esteemed mentors in the field.
  • The deadline to apply is April 26.

More Foundation News
Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology | Apply now through May 31.
Patient News
Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease Featured in Radiology Today
  • A recent Radiology Today cover story highlights progress being made in focused ultrasound for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Three leading Parkinson’s experts weighed in on the therapy’s advantages and challenges.
  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. 

More Patient News
Baptist Health Neurologist Addresses the Many Myths of Parkinson’s Disease | Baptist Health
Research News
Focused Ultrasound Enhances Delivery of Immunotherapy to Treat Gliomas
  • Cancer immunotherapy has not yet been effective for gliomas.
  • Focused ultrasound facilitated intranasal delivery of immune checkpoint inhibitors to the brain.  
  • The new method enhanced the accumulation of the cancer immunotherapy by approximately four-fold.

Meeting Report: 2021 Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium
  • The 26th Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium Meeting was held virtually on March 11 and 12.
  • The meeting included research on immunotherapy and drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier and blood-spinal cord barrier. 
  • NIH Clinical Center's Scott Burks, PhD, provided this report.

Search Our New Zotero Reference Library
  • The Foundation has created a free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications using Zotero.
  • View the library or register to join groups.  
  • The collection is updated monthly.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
GE & Feinstein Liver Stim Provides New Pathway in Bioelectronic Medicine to Treat Obesity | MDDI
WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute's Groundbreaking Strides in Addiction, Alzheimer's Therapies Continue in Pandemic | WVNews
Ivy Brain Tumor Center, SonALAsense and Insightec Announce the First Patient Dosed in First-in-Human Clinical Trial of Noninvasive Sonodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Brain Cancer | Intrado
Nominate the next STAT Wunderkind Now | STAT News
Industry News
Company Profile: Neurosona 
  • Neurosona aims to develop focused ultrasound for brain treatments, including neuromodulation.
  • Their low-intensity focused ultrasound platform has been used in trials for major depressive disorder and Alzheimer’s.
  • The company is headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

Research Funding Available Through the New European Innovation Council
  • The European Innovation Council (EIC) identifies and supports breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations.  
  • The EIC plans to invest €10 billion through 2027.
  • Funding and support are organized into three main tiers for all stages of business.

More Industry News
Coulter Partners secures Chair of the Board for OxSonics Therapeutics | UK BioIndustry Association
Focused Ultrasound in Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Thursday, April 29, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Professor Jürgen Götz, PhD, Queensland Brain Institute (University of Queensland)
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Sonalleve: A Flexible MRgHITU Platform for Precise and Incision-Free Ablative Therapies
  • Wednesday, May 12, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • Dr. Karun Sharma, Prof. Christoph Binkert, and Dr. AeRang Kim will discuss the Sonalleve system, focusing on benign and malignant tumors in young patients.
  • Hosted by Profound Medical

Therapeutic Ultrasound in Oncology
  • Thursday, May 13, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Five presentations will address preclinical and clinical advances in focused ultrasound oncological therapies.
  • Hosted by the Society for Thermal Medicine and sponsored by the Foundation
  • The last day to register is May 10.

Recent Webinar Recordings
Focused Ultrasound at the Tipping Point | Hosted by Virginia Bio (35 minutes)
Neuroethics for Novel Neurotechnologies | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (1 hour 28 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
April 29, 2021 Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Summit 2021  | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 29, 2021 Focused Ultrasound in Neurodegenerative Disorders | WEBINAR

May 12, 2021 A Flexible MRgHITU Platform for Precise and Incision-free Ablative Therapies | WEBINAR

May 13, 2021 Society for Thermal Medicine's Virtual Symposium on “Therapeutic Ultrasound in Oncology” | WEBINAR

June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea 

June 8-10, 2021 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | VIRTUAL MEETING 

June 10-12, 2021 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Pediatric Conference | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

June 17-18, 2021 1st HIFUture Symposium, Lyon, France

September 7-9, 2021 iTRUSST's 2nd Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation (FUN) Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 25-29, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021, Lisbon, Portugal

November 18-21, 2021 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, Boston, MA | Abstract submission closes May 24.