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December 9, 2021

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New Focused Ultrasound Prostate Device Receives FDA Clearance
  • Insightec has announced that its Exablate Prostate focused ultrasound system has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ablate prostate tissue.
  • The ruling enables physicians to use the device to treat prostate disorders like cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • The noninvasive procedure is completed in a single session under MR-guidance and targets focal ablation of the abnormal prostate tissue, with the surrounding normal tissue remaining intact.
  • This is the fourth focused ultrasound device approved in the US to treat the prostate.
Foundation News
Foundation Welcomes Research Fellow Beata Chertok, PhD
  • Dr. Chertok joins the Foundation’s scientific team and shares an appointment at the University of Virginia.
  • Her research focuses on leveraging focused ultrasound for precise targeting of genetic nanomedicines into the brain. 

Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy: Research Funding Available
  • The Foundation seeks to fund cancer immunotherapy projects that address focused ultrasound’s effects on the tumor vasculature or partial versus total tumor ablation outcomes.
  • Clinical phase 1 or window-of-opportunity trials combining focused ultrasound with an immunotherapeutic are also of interest.
  • Please send all abstracts to Jessica Foley, PhD.

Natasha Sheybani, PhD, Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List
  • Dr. Sheybani, assistant professor at the University of Virginia, was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Science list for 2022.
  • She previously served as a Foundation senior scientist, and the Foundation has funded her research.
  • Her work aims to advance noninvasive precision immunotherapy in solid cancers using focused ultrasound.
Patient News
Sculptor is a ‘New Man’ after Focused Ultrasound
  • Don was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago, and it became difficult to continue his work as an artist.
  • He traveled to the Cleveland Clinic for focused ultrasound treatment.
  • Now, he says, “Every day is like a new adventure.”

More Patient News
Israeli Treatment for Tremors | Australian Jewish News
Focused Ultrasound Approved for Treatment of Parkinson's Symptoms | CBS19 Charlottesville
FDA Approves New Non-Invasive Brain Surgery for Parkinson’s Symptoms |
Research News
Korean Alzheimer’s Disease Study Results Published
  • Researchers in Seoul, Korea, have published results from a study using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The clinical trial enrolled six participants to study the procedure’s safety, feasibility, and possible efficacy when opening the BBB.
  • Participants were treated twice, three months apart.

Results of Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease Published
  • A collaborative research team retrospectively analyzed 123 cases of MR-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy.
  • The study compared treatment parameters, lesion characteristics, adverse events, and outcomes in a case series performed in the same center by one neurosurgeon.
  • The data can be used to improve future treatment planning and performance.

A New System for Brain Histotripsy
  • A research team at the University of Michigan designed and tested a transcranial, MR-guided histotripsy system for use in various brain surgery applications.
  • The large animal study delivered transcranial histotripsy with a 700-kHz, 128-element phased-array transducer.
  • Results showed well-confined lesions within the targeted volume and no bleeding or edema outside the ablation zones.

Protocol Published for Comparative Uterine Fibroid Clinical Trial
  • The MYCHOICE trial protocol compares standard uterine fibroid care to focused ultrasound.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands hope to raise awareness of the trial among local physicians and patients and researchers around the world.
  • Publishing study protocols is becoming increasingly common as the research community pushes for open science.

Meeting Report: SNO's 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day
  • The Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO) held its annual meeting in Boston from November 18-21.
  • Presentations on glioblastoma, diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas, and immunotherapy were particularly applicable to focused ultrasound research. 
  • One of the education day topics was biomarkers and precision design for clinical trials. 

$12.1 Million in Funding Announced to Preserve Equity in Biomedical Research
  • A collaborative group of foundations has announced more than $12.1 million in grants to support early-career faculty at US medical schools.
  • Twenty-two schools and affiliated hospitals will receive grants of $550,000 each to deploy programs that enable faculty to continue their research programs.  
  • The initiative is intended to retain researchers who have been affected by the caregiving crisis caused by the pandemic.  

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
Destroying Liver Tumor with Sound Waves: Baptist Health First in S. Florida to Use Non-Invasive Tech in Clinical Trial | Baptist Health South Florida
Blood-Brain Barrier’s Opening Increases Alzheimer's Treatment’s Efficacy | Korea Biomedical Review
Applications of MRI-Guided FUS in Alzheimer Disease: Ali Rezai, MD [video] | Neurology Live (7 minutes)
Histotripsy: Fighting Tumors with Microbubbles | HealthcareInEurope
Focused Ultrasound May Benefit Patients with Epilepsy | HospiMedica
A Review of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Urology | DocWireNews
Industry News
EDAP Participates in Fireside Chat at Healthcare Conference
  • EDAP participated in the Piper Sandler 33rd Annual Virtual Healthcare Conference. 
  • The meeting brings together key industry executives and investors to investigate trends and identify market leaders. 
  • A video recording of the fireside chat is available for download. 

More Industry News
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