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February 11, 2021

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Writing a New Chapter – Women in Focused Ultrasound
  • Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Foundation is exploring the representation of women and minorities in science and engineering.
  • See highlights from a recent panel discussion with female leaders in the field around the documentary Picture a Scientist.
  • A new Foundation initiative is designed to support and advance the role of women in focused ultrasound.  
Foundation News
Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology Established
  • The Fellowship will foster early-stage investigators in the field of focused ultrasound in immuno-oncology.
  • The Lockhart family generously established the program in honor of Andrew J. Lockhart.
  • The award will provide a one-year stipend of $75,000; interested parties are invited to apply by May 31.

Former Senior Amazon and GE Healthcare Executive Joins Foundation's Council
  • Marc Onetto retired as Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Customer Service.
  • The Council provides strategic advice, assists with raising funds, and builds awareness.

Watch Highlights from the Foundation's 2020 Symposium
  • The Symposium united scientists, clinicians, and others virtually for a multifaceted exploration of focused ultrasound.
  • Visit our dedicated YouTube channel to watch entire presentations from the meeting.
  • A summary of the Symposium proceedings will be available in the coming weeks.

King Family Vineyards’ 2022 River Cruise to Benefit Foundation
  • King Family Vineyards and the Travel Corner are organizing a July 2022 cruise and wine tour along the Seine River.
  • A portion of the bookings will be donated to the Foundation in honor of the late David King.

More Foundation News
UMC Utrecht Named Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence | Image Sciences Institute
Patient News
Essential Tremor Patient Sees ‘100% Improvement’ After Focused Ultrasound
  • Janice was treated at the University of Utah.
  • She enjoys her hobbies again and hopes to have the other side treated soon.
  • The US FDA approved focused ultrasound therapy for essential tremor in 2016.
Research News
NaviFUS Publishes Initial Glioblastoma Clinical Trial Results
  • Results from the first-in-human pilot trial using the NaviFUS device to open the blood-brain barrier in six patients with recurrent glioblastoma were published in Science Advances.
  • Researchers used a device that combines neuronavigation and a manually operated, frameless focused ultrasound system.

Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer: Data from Two Trials Published
  • Two recent studies investigated focal therapy for low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.
  • One study reported similar outcomes between focal therapy versus radical prostatectomy after eight years.
  • Another focal ablation trial treated 44 men with intermediate-risk disease under MRI guidance.

Focused Ultrasound Fine-Tunes Gene Therapy for Brain Applications
  • A University of Virginia team explored varying focused ultrasound energy levels to deliver gene therapy to the brain.
  • Researchers were able to preferentially deliver genetic material to specific types of brain cells.
  • Various pressure levels enabled the genes to reach cells within and beyond the blood-brain barrier.

Using Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease  
  • Scientists sought to determine whether neuromodulation with focused ultrasound could treat inflammatory bowel disease in a preclinical model.
  • Compared to a control group, the therapy resulted in improved stool consistency, reduced bleeding, and healthier colons.

Call for Focused Ultrasound Journal Submissions 
  • Frontiers in Neurology’s Experimental Therapeutics section has launched a research topic on Current State and Future Directions of Cranial Focused Ultrasound Therapy.
  • Abstract submissions are due by March 21, 2021.
  • The topic editors for the issue are Vibhor Krishna, Francesco Sammartino, J. Levi Chazen, and Aristide Merola.

Employment Opportunities Available in the Focused Ultrasound Community
  • The Foundation curates a hub of available positions within the international focused ultrasound community.
  • See more than 20 positions on our job board.
  • Please submit any relevant opportunities at your organization.

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More Research News
​​​​Ultrasound Blasts 'Jumpstarted' The Brains of 2 People in Coma-Like State | Science Alert
Scientists Jump-Start Two People’s Brains after Coma | University of California, Los Angeles
Nonsurgical Treatment for Cerebral Infarction using Wearable Wireless Ultrasound Devices | EurekAlert!
Advancing Focused Ultrasound Technology for Musculoskeletal Applications and Cancer Treatment | University of California, San Francisco
Parkinson's Disease 
Focused Ultrasound Shows Promise for Parkinson’s Disease | Mega Doctor News
Focused Ultrasound Subthalamotomy Revealed Improvement in Parkinson’s Patients | Physician Press 2-Minute Medicine
Focused Ultrasound Shown to Improve Motor Symptoms in Parkinson Disease | The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC)
Focused Ultrasound Subthalamotomy Improves Motor Features in Patients with Asymmetric PD | Healio
Oncological Long-term Outcome after Whole-gland High-intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer-21-yr Follow-up | DocWireNews
Industry News
Insightec Announces Regulatory Approval in China  
  • The National Medical Products Administration in China approved the Exablate Neuro device to treat essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease.  
  • Exablate Neuro has received similar approvals for essential tremor in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, and more.

More Industry News
Fifteen Subjects Recruited to Bilateral Focused Ultrasound Study for Essential Tremor Pivotal Clinical Trial Sponsored by Insightec | PR Newswire
Urging Swift Action, MITA Outlines 2021 Policy Priorities in Letter to President Biden and His Administration | Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance
Profound Medical: Strong Product, Strong Momentum, Attractive Buy | Seeking Alpha
SonaCare Medical Announces Successful Training and Cases in China | EIN Presswire
Bubbles, Targeted, Droplets, Science Behind the Agents
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Eleanor Stride, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at St Catherine's College, Oxford
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinar Recordings
Recognition of University Medical Center Utrecht as Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence | Hosted by UMC Utrecht and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
"Picture a Scientist" Panel Discussion with Women in Focused Ultrasound  | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Meetings Issue Calls for Abstracts
  • ISTU 2021 will take place June 6-9, and March 1 is the deadline for abstract submission.
  • March 15 is the deadline to submit abstracts for CIRSE 2021, to be held September 25-29.
  • Contact us to help promote your upcoming meeting to the focused ultrasound field.

February 25, 2021 Bubbles, Targeted, Droplets, Science Behind the Agents  | WEBINAR

March 11-12, 2021 26th Annual Meeting of the Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium | VIRTUAL MEETING

March 20-26, 2021 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 10-13, 2021 European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 11-14, 2021 Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting (AIUM) 2021, TBD

June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea

June 8-10, 2021 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | VIRTUAL MEETING 

June 10-12, 2021 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Pediatric Conference, Washington, DC

June 17-18, 2021 1st HIFUture Symposium, Lyon, France

September 25-29, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021, Lisbon, Portugal