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August 12, 2021

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NaviFUS Receives Approval for Focused Ultrasound Trial to Enhance Radiotherapy
  • A new clinical trial will combine focused ultrasound and radiotherapy in patients with primary brain tumors.
  • Studies suggest that opening the blood-brain barrier to enhance oxygenation of brain tissue could make radiotherapy more effective.
  • The Foundation is funding this trial, which is expected to begin in Taiwan in September.
Foundation News
Caitlin Tydings, MD, Named Inaugural Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Caitlin Tydings, MD, has been awarded the Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology.
  • Dr. Tydings is developing focused ultrasound as an immune modulator in pediatric cancers.
  • The fellowship was established through the generosity of the Lockhart family in honor of their son, Andrew J. Lockhart.

Watch Now: Reimbursement Webinar
  • The Foundation’s Senior Consultant and industry expert, Mark Carol, MD, presented a webinar entitled “The Pathway to Getting Paid for New Medical Technology in the US.”
  • He addressed pathways to commercialization relevant to the focused ultrasound field for regulatory and reimbursement success.

Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer Participates in Pediatric Forum
  • Jessica Foley, PhD, recently participated in a keynote fireside chat at the Pediatric Device Innovators Forum.
  • Clinical, regulatory, and reimbursement experts convened to discuss focused ultrasound for pediatric indications.
  • The event was a collaboration between Children’s National Hospital and the University of Maryland.

Foundation Council Member Pens Op-Ed on Alzheimer’s Drug Approval
  • In June, the FDA approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) for Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Foundation Council member, Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, a former FDA Commissioner and National Cancer Institute director, wrote an op-ed on the ruling.
  • He hopes Aduhelm is a step in the research chain toward significantly improved outcomes.
Research News
Case Report: Focused Ultrasound for Sacroiliac Joint Osteoarthritis
  • Christoph A. Binkert, MD, MBA, of Kantonsspital Winterthur in Switzerland, shares a report of a patient with sacroiliac joint osteoarthritis.
  • Learn how focused ultrasound therapy helped the patient control her disabling pain and return to work.  

White Paper on Neuroethics for Novel Neurotechnologies Now Available
  • The Foundation hosted a webinar discussing neuroethics for novel neurotechnologies such as focused ultrasound.
  • Participants included leaders of the Pan-Canadian Neurotechnology Ethics Consortium, Helen Mayberg, MD, and representatives from the Foundation.  
  • The group addressed questions of readiness, equitable patient access, legal, and intellectual rights.

Meeting Report: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2021
  • AAPM’s 63rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition took place virtually July 25-29 with the theme “Creative Science. Advancing Medicine.”
  • Focused ultrasound-related sessions addressed neurorestoration, neuromodulation, and mechanical tissue destruction.

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More Research News
New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Faculty Member to Advance Addiction, Pain Research with Focused Ultrasound | Virginia Tech
Ultrasound as a Remote Control for Cellular Therapy
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Mikhail Shapiro, PhD
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinar Recordings
The Pathway to Getting Paid for New Medical Technology in the US | Mark Carol, MD | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (59 minutes)
Focused Ultrasound in the Brain: Clinical Applications and Technical Challenges in Japan | Toshio Yamaguchi, MD, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour 3 minutes)

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