August 26, 2022 - Foundation Launches ACCESS FUS Scholars Initiative – and more news…

The ACCESS FUS Scholars Program will provide educational and research opportunities...
August 26, 2022

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Focused Ultrasound Foundation Launches ACCESS FUS Scholars Initiative
  • The ACCESS FUS Scholars Program will provide educational and research opportunities to undergraduate and early-career scholars from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.
  • The program will help create a focused ultrasound community that is more diverse and inclusive and create career paths for those who would not otherwise have the opportunity.
  • The Foundation will build upon current internship initiatives and establish a new postdoctoral fellowship position.
  • ACCESS FUS is supported by a dedicated fund, and the first gift was generously made by Gladstone Jones, former Vice Chair of the Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Trustees.
Foundation News
Register Now: Webinar on Focused Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Join us September 20 at 10:00 am Eastern for “Focused Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Using Sound to Deliver Drugs to the Brain.”
  • Sandra Black, MD, renowned neurologist and senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, will be the primary speaker.
  • The Foundation is partnering with USAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation.

Mo KC Pritzker Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Mo KC Pritzker is a serial entrepreneur with successful ventures in influencer marketing, food and dining, and neuroplasticity.
  • The Council is a dedicated group who provide advice and assist with raising funds and building awareness.

Foundation’s Summer Interns Work to Advance the Field
  • This summer, seven students from five universities joined the Foundation.
  • Their projects ranged from transducer design and ultrasound wave simulation to information technology and social media.

More Foundation News
Virginia Tech Tests Non-Invasive Alternative to Surgery in Dogs | WVTF Radio
Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology | Applications are due September 16.
Symposium News
Symposium 2022: Date Change, Programming Updates, Registration Reminder
  • The Symposium will now conclude at 6:15 pm on Thursday, October 27.
  • The event will consist of a live portion – panel discussions, keynote speakers, and special lectures – and prerecorded scientific presentations.
  • An updated program is now available, and we encourage you to register now!

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Patient News
Tremor Patient “Won the Lottery” with Focused Ultrasound
  • Andy avoided social situations because of his essential tremor, which began at age 14.
  • He was the 200th patient to receive focused ultrasound at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
  • The procedure was successful, and Andy reports, “I won the lottery that day. Suddenly, there’s hope.”

More Patient News
How a ‘Game-Changing’ Focused Ultrasound Procedure Gave Cliff his Life Back | The Globe and Mail
Focused Ultrasound Controls Prostate Cancer with Fewer Side Effects | Physics World
Research News
Histotripsy to Treat Canine Bone Tumors Trial Results Published
  • A team at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine published the results of a histotripsy clinical trial to address osteosarcomas in client-owned dogs.
  • Osteosarcomas are aggressive bone tumors that affect both humans and dogs.
  • The team found that histotripsy safely and effectively treated the targeted volumes within the tumors.

Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor: Five-Year Results
  • The final long-term data from the pivotal trial of focused ultrasound ablation for essential tremor were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
  • The data confirm that focused ultrasound is effective for reducing tremors.
  • The 40 participants who completed the follow-up at five years maintained a 73% tremor reduction.

Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial for Chronic Back Pain Begins
  • FUSMobile’s first clinical trial in the US will assess the safety and efficacy of its NeurolyserXR focused ultrasound device to treat chronic low back pain.
  • Up to 90 participants will be enrolled at ten sites.
  • The NeurolyserXR is a portable system designed to noninvasively heat and destroy target tissue under x-ray guidance.

Meeting Report: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2022
  • AAPM held its 64th Annual Meeting July 10-14 in Washington, DC.
  • The theme was “Celebrating Medical Physics: Transforming Human Health.”
  • Three presentations addressed work in the field of focused ultrasound.

Investigator Profile: Rajiv Chopra, PhD
  • Rajiv Chopra, PhD, is a pioneering focused ultrasound researcher and a dynamic entrepreneur who has started several companies.
  • His research has advanced the technology for prostate treatment and countless other applications.
  • Now, he is planning to build a network of outpatient imaging clinics that offer therapeutic ultrasound.

Investigator Profile: Zenon Starčuk, Jr., PhD
  • Zenon Starčuk, Jr., PhD, is a research team leader at the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic.
  • He is using focused ultrasound to study brain perfusion processes and their therapeutic applications.
  • His team developed software to show what is happening in the brain during the delivery of focused ultrasound.

More Research News
Tyrone Porter Named New Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering | UT Austin
Going for Gold: Researchers Open the Blood-Brain Barrier for Better Drug Delivery | ALS Canada
Industry News
Company Profile: FUS Instruments
  • FUS Instruments is a focused ultrasound device manufacturer based in Toronto, Canada.
  • It specializes in developing preclinical research systems for brain applications, such as blood-brain barrier opening and neuromodulation.
  • In this profile, Marc Santos, PhD, FUS Instruments' engineering scientist, discusses this growing company.

NaviFUS Wins 2022 Gold Edison Award
  • NaviFUS’s focused ultrasound system won an Edison 2022 Gold Award, the top honor in Science & Medical Innovations.
  • The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation.
  • The NaviFUS platform is designed to perform focused ultrasound in the clinic, and it is being investigated to address glioblastoma and epilepsy.

'Why it Takes So Long' Blog Series: Regulatory Authorization
  • In the third blog in the series, Mark Carol, MD, a senior consultant at the Foundation, gives an overview of the three main paths to US FDA approval.
  • The blog post also gives guidance about how to select the right approach for medical device companies.

More Industry News
Zeta Surgical Appoints Professor James Choi as Focused Ultrasound Lead in Push for Incision-less Brain Surgery | Biospace
Profound Medical Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results | Globe Newswire
Focused Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Using Sound to Deliver Drugs to the Brain
  • Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Sandra Black, MD, Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, and Arjun (JJ) Desai, MD
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, and the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation

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Upcoming Events
September 26-28, 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 23-27, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD | Important Date Change

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

December 5-9, 2022 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN 

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

January 19-23, 2023 Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC

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