August 11, 2022 - Veterinary Trial Results for Canine Tumors – and more news…

The first trial funded in our Veterinary Program...
August 11, 2022

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Veterinary Program Milestone: Focused Ultrasound Safely Treats Canine Tumors
  • A Foundation-funded clinical trial determined that high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) can safely ablate subcutaneous solid tumors in dogs.
  • The veterinary research group, based at Virginia Tech, also found HIFU to induce anti-cancer immune system changes in the treated animals.
  • This was the first trial funded by the Foundation’s Veterinary Program, which has the goal of offering innovative care to pets while also collecting data that can be beneficial for humans.
Foundation News
Watch Now: Webinar on Open Science
  • A recent Foundation webinar discussed open-access data sharing platforms, the Foundation’s initiatives, and resources available to improve data accessibility.
  • Three representatives from the Center for Open Science and Project Data Sphere participated.

Foundation Raises Funds for Mental Health
  • During Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the Foundation team raised money for Mental Health America.
  • Mental health is an important part of overall health, and this initiative supports the Foundation’s mission of promoting wellness for all patients.

Foundation Chairman Featured in AANS Neurosurgeon
  • The article covers the career arc of Neal F. Kassell, MD, and tells how a prominent neurosurgeon made it his life’s work to accelerate the adoption of focused ultrasound.
  • The piece was written by a fellow neurosurgeon and the Foundation’s Senior Advisor for Brain Tumor Research, Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD.

More Foundation News
Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology | Applications are due September 16.
New Study to Investigate Focused Ultrasound's Role in Addressing Neurofibromatosis Type 2 | News-Medical
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Patient News
Prostate Cancer Patient on the Power of Advocating for Yourself
  • The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) recently featured Michael, a patient with prostate cancer who was treated with focused ultrasound.
  • Michael’s story is a reminder of the importance of doing your research and advocating for yourself as a patient.

More Patient News
Non-Invasive Therapy Used to Treat Early-Stage Breast Cancer | Shine (China)
Research News
New Clues Emerge for Using Ultrasound-Assisted Immunotherapy to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
  • An Australian research team published a study on the intricacies of ultrasound-assisted drug delivery for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • They hypothesized that ultrasound in combination with an antibody would produce a greater therapeutic effect than either therapy alone.
  • Combination treatment increased antibody delivery to the brain but did not further reduce disease pathology.

Research Awards Update: Eight Preclinical Projects Initiated in the Second Quarter of 2022
  • The Foundation’s Research Awards Program initiated eight preclinical studies in the second quarter.
  • The projects span a wide range of mechanisms, including immunotherapy, neuromodulation, and gene therapy.
  • Researchers will study diseases such as glioblastoma, neuroblastoma, opioid addiction, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal muscular atrophy.

Clinician Researcher Receives NIH Grant for Focused Ultrasound Targeting Research
  • Vibhor Krishna, MD, has received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate focused ultrasound ablation of the ventral intermediate nucleus.
  • Dr. Krishna is an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina.

Focused Ultrasound Global Interns Successfully Defend Award-Winning Medical Degree Theses
  • Matteo Gionso and Nicoletta Corradino successfully defended their Medical Degree theses.
  • Drs. Gionso and Corradino were focused ultrasound global interns mentored by Francesco Prada, MD.
  • Part of the Foundation’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of clinicians and researchers through its Scholars program.

Funding Opportunities in Both Alzheimer’s and Glaucoma Research
  • BrightFocus Foundation is offering grants for investigator-initiated research projects and postdoctoral fellowships awards related to Alzheimer’s disease or glaucoma.
  • The deadline for glaucoma grants is October 25, and applications related to Alzheimer’s disease are due November 1.

More Research News
New Clinical Trial Underway for Alzheimer’s Patients | South Florida Hospital News
New Neuromodulation Approach Shows Promise in Treating Psychiatric Disorders | MD Linx
Breakthrough in Early Prostate Cancer Treatment | Newsmax Health
MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Focal Therapy Safe, Efficacious in Grade Group 2 or Higher Prostate Cancer | Cancer Network
Industry News
Profound Medical Hosts First Physician Education Event
  • On July 23, Profound Medical hosted its first PRO-Talk Live event in Chicago.
  • The event convened physicians using the company’s TULSA-PRO device and those interested in learning more about therapeutic ultrasound.
  • More than 70 attendees enjoyed panel discussions and speakers on cancer research and the ablation modality space.

More Industry News
President Yoon Suk-yeol Visits IMage Guided Therapy Prior to Attending an Emergency Economic Meeting in Seongnam, Korea; Promises to Foster Biohealth Industry | Yonhap News Agency and K Odyssey (Korea)
Theraclion: A Harvest of Good News | Business Wire
Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Webinar on Open Science | David Mellor, PhD, from the Center for Open Science, and Holly Smith, MBA, PMP, and Jon McDunn, PhD, from Project Data Sphere | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (59 minutes) 
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Upcoming Events
September 1-2, 2022 International Bubble Conference 2022, Chicago, IL
September 4-7, 2022 World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) Meeting 2022, Incheon, South Korea

September 10-14, 2022 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) Congress, Barcelona, Spain

September 14-17, 2022 European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology 2022, Gothenburg, Sweden

September 15-18, 2022 European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) 2022, Vienna, Austria

September 22-24, 2022 FOCAL 2022: Frontiers in Oncologic Prostate Care and Ablative Local Therapy 2022, Los Angeles, CA

September 25-27, 2022 Society for Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Galway City, Ireland

September 26-28, 2022 iTRUSST - 3rd Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Symposium (FUN) 2022, Mainz, Germany and VIRTUAL

October 10-13, 2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Venice, Italy and VIRTUAL

October 13-15, 2022 Veterinary Cancer Society Annual Conference 2022, Norfolk, VA

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

November 16-20, 2022 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, Tampa Bay, FL

December 8-11, 2022 International Symposium on Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics (ISBUS), Pasadena, CA | Abstract deadline is September 5.


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