April 7, 2022 - Foundation Names New Development Director - and more news



April 7, 2022

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Eliza Phillips Joins Foundation as Managing Director, Development
  • Eliza Vellines Phillips is a seasoned executive with experience in raising funds, designing and implementing advancement programs, and recruiting fundraisers.
  • She established Phillips Philanthropy Advisors, a successful independent philanthropic advisory firm, and previously worked at the University of Virginia and The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.
  • She will lead the Foundation’s efforts in fundraising and increasing awareness of the technology.
Foundation News
Bubble Activity in Focused Ultrasound: Workshop White Paper and Presentation Videos Now Available READ THE WHITE PAPER >

Jonathan Simons, MD, Joins Foundation’s Cancer Immunotherapy Scientific Advisory Board
  • Dr. Simons is a physician-scientist, oncologist, and investigator in translational prostate cancer research.
  • He is the Chief Science Officer and Medical Director at the Marcus Foundation and was the President and CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
  • The cancer immunotherapy scientific advisory board provides advice and counsel in the activities of the program.  

Field Overview: Focused Ultrasound for Brain Tumors
  • The Foundation’s Associate Chief Medical Officer, Lauren Powlovich, MD, recently presented an overview of focused ultrasound applications for brain tumors.
  • She addressed current clinical trials and the Foundation’s efforts to fund additional research for glioblastoma and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

More Foundation News
Now Accepting Applications for Summer Global Internships | The deadline to apply is April 24
Innovator, Inventor and Now…CTO, Rick Hamilton | WINA News Radio
Symposium News
Now Accepting Young Investigator Award Applications
  • The Young Investigator Awards encourage quality research and the presentation of meritorious scientific papers.
  • Award recipients receive complimentary Symposium event registration and up to $2,500 for travel and lodging.
  • Graduate students, research fellows, clinical fellows, and junior faculty members are eligible to apply through the abstract submission process.
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Patient News
Patient Resources for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

This April, we are highlighting some important resources for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
More Patient News
‘It’s Like Magic’: Cutting-Edge Technology Available in RI to Treat Essential Tremors | WPRI [video]
Research News
Carthera Publishes Alzheimer’s Disease Pilot Study Results
  • Carthera has announced the publication of clinical trial results from its first study in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Nine participants underwent blood-brain barrier opening of the supra-marginal gyrus region of the brain twice per month for 3.5 months.
  • The procedure was safe and well tolerated.

Focused Ultrasound Activates Tumor-Suppressing Bacteria
  • Researchers at Caltech are using focused ultrasound hyperthermia to activate tumor-suppressing bacteria that release anti-cancer drugs.
  • The application of focused ultrasound to activate the genetically engineered strain of E. coli bacteria limited tumor growth in a preclinical model.
  • The study was recently published in Nature Communications.  

Research Awards Update: Six Preclinical Projects Initiated in the First Quarter of 2022
  • The Foundation’s Research Awards Program has initiated six preclinical studies this year.
  • All funded projects this quarter are brain projects, ranging from improving treatment planning to treating brain metastases and delivering gene therapy for neurological disorders.

Researchers Develop Simulation Models to Compare Treatment Planning Techniques
  • When neurosurgeons evaluate patients for focused ultrasound brain treatments, they use treatment planning software.
  • In other fields, treatment planning software can also be used to predict the outcome of the treatment.
  • Researchers are working to add outcome predictions for focused ultrasound.

Employment Opportunities Available in the Focused Ultrasound Community
  • The Foundation curates a hub of available positions within the international focused ultrasound community.
  • See nearly 15 current positions on our job board.
  • Please submit any relevant opportunities at your organization.

More Research News
Brain Cancer Meets its Match with Focused Ultrasound Treatment | Drug Discovery News
History of Ultrasound: From Bats to Frogs to Nazis to Modern-Day Brain Stimulation | Big Think
Israeli Researchers Develop Mini Detector for High-Resolution Ultrasound Imaging | Xinhua
Concert Hall Acoustics for Non-Invasive Ultrasound Brain Treatments | Science Daily
Shima Shahab Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop Innovative Methods for Delivering Ultrasound Treatments | Virginia Tech
Cardiawave Announces the Success of Its Clinical Trial to Treat Aortic Stenosis Using VALVOSOFT, Its Disruptive, Non-Invasive, Ultrasound Treatment | AITHority
Tiny Exploding Bubbles Can Destroy Tumours in as Little as SEVEN Minutes | Daily Mail
Focused Ultrasound Bursts Offer Alternative for Noninvasive Treatment of Kidney Stones | MedImaging
Industry News
Insightec Establishes Brain State Initiative to Promote Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Florida
  • Insightec recently held an event to launch a program dedicated to advancing Alzheimer’s research in Florida using the Exablate device.
  • The initiative will create a network of providers to advance novel therapies and improve our understanding of neurologic diseases.
  • The Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships participated in the meeting.

Focused Ultrasound Intellectual Property Update: First Quarter 2022
  • Five new US patents related to focused ultrasound were issued in the first quarter.
  • The Foundation tracks both issued patents and new applications filed with the US Patent Office.

More Industry News
HIFU Machine Commissioned at DCFH; It Will Reduce Need for Overseas Medical Treatment Says Health Minister | Dominica News Online
Dominica: High Intensity Focus Ultrasound commissioned at DCFH | Associates Times
Decades with PD: “Ask Me Anything!”
  • April 27 at 7:00 pm Eastern
  • Featuring Dr. Alice Lazzarini and three patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Hosted by Rebecca Gilbert, MD, PhD, of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association

Sonobactericide for Treating Bacterial Infections
  • April 28 at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Klazina Kooiman, PhD from Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Challenge Accepted by Columbia University Engineering | Episode 1: Treating Alzheimer’s with Sound Waves and Bubbles (28 minutes)
MR-guided HIFU - From Preclinical Work to Clinical Trials  | Presented by Holger Grüll, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Focused Ultrasound 
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Upcoming Events
April 21, 2022 32nd Annual Pediatric Neurology Update: The Future of Neuroscience 2022, Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC 

April 28, 2022 Virginia Bio THRiVE, Roanoke, VA

May 1-4, 2022 Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL EVENT 

May 3, 2022 National Brain Tumor Society Head to the Hill 2022 | VIRTUAL EVENT 

May 7-12, 2022 International Society for Magnetic Resonance In Medicine (ISMRM) Annual Meeting 2022, London, UK

June 7-10, 2022 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Toronto, Canada and VIRTUAL

June 11-16, 2022 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

June 19-23, 2022 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress, Milan, Italy

July 10-14, 2022 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

October 23-28, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD

December 8-11, 2022 International Symposium on Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics (ISBUS), Pasadena, CA