April 30, 2020 - Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer UK Partner on Study – and more news



Focused ultrasound therapy as a potential treatment for pancreatic cancer...

April 30, 2020

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Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer UK Partner to Fund Innovative Study

The Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer UK have partnered to advance the development of focused ultrasound therapy as a potential treatment for pancreatic cancer. In the first project funded through the partnership, a multidisciplinary team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London will study how focused ultrasound may improve the local delivery of specially engineered viruses that target pancreatic cancer cells. 
Foundation News
Senior Executive Patrick Edelmann Joins Foundation Team

Former BlackRock executive Patrick Edelmann has joined the team as Managing Director.  


Donor Profile: Russ Carson

As cofounder of a leading private equity firm and a legend in the health care investment community, Russ Carson built a career on sensing good opportunities. He shares why he supports focused ultrasound and what he sees for its future.  


Intern Update: Sam Clinard

Former Foundation intern Sam Clinard will pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering at the University of Utah. Learn about his unlikely path in focused ultrasound.  


$2 Million Matching Grant for 2020

Gifts to the Foundation in 2020 will be matched 1-for-1, thanks to a generous anonymous donor. 


Unite for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5

Please consider supporting the Foundation on May 5 in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Symposium News
Apply Now for a Young Investigator Award

Graduate students, research and clinical fellows, and junior faculty are eligible to apply for these awards, which include complimentary symposium registration and up to $2,000 for travel.  

Research News
Watch Now: Two-Part Webinar Series on Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s

For Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Foundation hosted two webinars on research in preclinical laboratory studies and clinical trials of focused ultrasound for Parkinson’s disease. 


Facebook Premiere Video: Focused Ultrasound for Cancer Immunotherapy

On May 7, at 1:00 PM Eastern, the Foundation will debut a brief introduction of focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy by our Scientific Programs Manager, Kelsie Timbie, PhD.


Foundation’s Kranion Software Used to Predict Transcranial Temperature Rise

The Journal of Neurosurgery has published the results of an Ohio State University study using the Kranion® simulation system to better predict temperature rise during brain treatments.


Could Focused Ultrasound Help Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy?

A neurologist partnered with biomedical engineers to investigate whether focused ultrasound could improve blood flow and decrease pain in a preclinical model.  


Results Published: Focused Ultrasound as a Treatment for Facial Pain

Prof. Daniel Jeanmonod’s neurosurgery group in Switzerland recently published their experience using focused ultrasound thalamotomy as a treatment for facial pain.  


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More Research News
MTU Junior Kaylee Meyers Awarded Goldwater Scholarship | Michigan Tech
12th International Symposium on Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer | UroToday 
Comparison of High‐intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation and Secondary Myomectomy for Recurrent Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids Following Myomectomy: A Retrospective Study | MD Linx  
Transcranial Ultrasound Stimulation Can Modulate Hypothalamus: Study | Medical Xpress
More Evidence Ultrasound Can Help in Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease | QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Study Shows Ultrasound May Now Be Used to Treat Alzheimer's | Interesting Engineering
New Study Shows How Ultrasound Technique Can Treat Alzheimer’s Disease | New Atlas
New Ultrasound Treatment Kills Off Cancer Cells | Science News for Students
Industry News
Industry Overview: Focused Ultrasound’s Original Equipment Manufacturers

Today, there are 16 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the field of focused ultrasound that contribute critical equipment or supplies to the focused ultrasound industry.  


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Upcoming Events
Many upcoming meetings have been postponed, canceled, or transitioned to virtual events. Please check each organization’s website for the most current information.

May 29-31, 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting | virtual event

June 22-24, 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting II | virtual event

Jul 16-17, 2020 Chordoma Foundation's International Chordoma Research Workshop | virtual event 

July 26-30, 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference | virtual event 

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK | Abstract submissions are due May 4, 2020.

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada

November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA | Abstract submissions is open, and the deadline is July 6, 2020.

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL