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New Focused Ultrasound Immunotherapy Clinical Trial for Breast Cancer Launched at University of Virginia
  • The first patient has been treated in a clinical trial at the University of Virginia exploring focused ultrasound-induced immune responses.
  • Researchers will assess the effect of focused ultrasound plus a chemotherapy drug on patients with early-stage breast cancer.
  • This trial is being supported in part by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Foundation News
Register for Virtual Congressional Briefing
  • The Foundation's virtual Congressional briefing will address how focused ultrasound is improving patient care and lowering costs. 
  • Patients and experts will discuss the technology and the importance of increasing government research funding.  
  • Others in the focused ultrasound community are invited to listen in February 22 at 1:00 pm Eastern. 

Elisa Konofagou, PhD, Named 2022 Symposium President
  • Dr. Konofagou is the Robert and Margaret Hariri Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Radiology at Columbia University. 
  • She is an expert in using focused ultrasound for blood-brain barrier opening to treat neurological disorders.  
  • The 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 23-28 in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Foundation Debuts New Initiative “At a Glance” Webpages
  • The Foundation has identified four key initiatives where focused ultrasound could significantly impact patient care.
  • Learn about our activities in cancer immunotherapy, brain disorders, pediatrics, and veterinary medicine. 
  • Each page includes webinars, workshops, key partnerships, and funding opportunities. 
Patient News
California Site is First to Offer Commercial Exablate Prostate Treatment
  • Stanford Health Care has treated the first commercial US patient using Insightec's Exablate Prostate system.
  • The system received 510(k) FDA clearance in November 2021 to ablate prostate tissue.
  • The single-session treatment is performed with MRI guidance.

Monaco Hospital Now Using Focused Ultrasound to Treat Uterine Fibroid Patients
  • Princess Grace Hospital has installed Profound Medical’s Sonalleve focused ultrasound device to treat uterine fibroids.
  • The site held a ceremony to commemorate the opening with special guest Prince Albert II.
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More Patient News
Gauteng Hospital Bids Farewell to Doctor who Helped Women with Fibroids Become Moms | South Africa News 24
Medical Expert Implores Women with Uterine Fibroid to Embrace Non-invasive Treatment | This Day Live (Nigeria)
Research News
American Academy of Pediatrics Publishes Article on Focused Ultrasound for Pediatric Diseases
  • A comprehensive review article on focused ultrasound for pediatric diseases has been published in Pediatrics.
  • The article covers 10 clinical trials addressing cancer, neurologic, vascular, and musculoskeletal pediatric diseases.
  • The journal is one of the top 100 most-cited journals in science and medicine.

A Window to the Brain: Sonolucent Prosthesis for Transcranial Ultrasound
  • A collaborative research team developed a novel device for treating patients with brain tumors.
  • The artificial acoustic window is made from a plastic material that is designed specifically to transmit ultrasound energy.
  • The device could be used for new ultrasound-guided therapeutic applications, including focused ultrasound.

Apply for Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation
  • The award recognizes innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system.
  • The recipient receives $25,000 and publication of his or her essay in Science.
  • Applications for the annual award are due by April 15.

SonALAsense and Sonodynamic Therapy Featured in Forbes
  • Forbes recently interviewed Dr. Stuart Marcus, the founder and CEO of SonALAsense.
  • The company is developing sonodynamic therapy for the treatment of deadly brain cancers.
  • Sonodynamic therapy uses focused ultrasound to activate cell-killing molecules that naturally accumulate in brain tumors.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
Focused Ultrasound Investigated for Alzheimer's Disease | Technology Networks
Researchers from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology Propose Ultrasound Stimulation as an Effective Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease in New Study | Cision PR Newswire
Emerging HIFU Technology Shows Promise in Men with Prostate Cancer | Urology Times
Industry News
Watch Now: Clinical Indication Selection Through the Eyes of an Investor
  • Erich Scheller, PhD, Director of RA Capital's TechAtlas, discusses how RA Capital chooses indications and pursues investments as a leading venture investor in today’s markets. 
  • The webinar was hosted by the Foundation’s FUS Partners program.

Companies Report Positive Year End Sales Results, Goals for 2022
  • Theraclion’s overall sales doubled in the last year, and the company outlined major initiatives for the new year, including investing in artificial intelligence.  
  • EDAP recorded a 65 percent increase in US prostate treatments last year and hopes to complete a clinical trial for deep rectal endometriosis in 2022.

Leadership Changes in Focused Ultrasound Industry
  • Theraclion has appointed seasoned French executive Yann Duchesne as executive chairman after the tragic death of Christopher Bödtker in December. 
  • Microvascular Therapeutics (MVT) has announced that Shiv Kapoor will join its Board of Directors, lending his experience in business strategy, finance, and investor relations.

More Industry News
MRI Guided Focused Ultrasound System Uses Sound Waves to Ablate Prostate Tissue without Incision | HospiMedica.com
New Generation Nanobubbles: The Smaller the Better?
  • Friday, February 25, at 1:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Professor Katsuro Tachibana, MD, PhD
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinar Recordings & Podcasts
Clinical Indication Selection Through the Eyes of an Investor | Presented by Erich Scheller, PhD, Director of RA Capital's TechAtlas | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s FUS Partners program (50 minutes)
Sonodynamic Therapy: Concepts, Mechanisms of Action and Application to Brain Tumors | Presented by Francesco Prada, MD | Hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as part of the Miami Global Brain Tumor Symposium (58 minutes)
The Future of Ultrasound and Cancer Therapy | Doctors Are People Too Podcast | Presented by Natasha Sheybani, PhD (47 minutes)
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadlines

The Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) will hold its 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting May 1-4. Registration is open, and the deadline for abstract submission has been extended until February 14.

The 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress will convene June 19-23 in Milan, Italy. Abstracts are due
February 14. 

The 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) will take place both virtually and in-person in Toronto, Canada, June 7-10. Registration is open, and abstracts are due February 15.
March 2-6, 2022 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) | VIRTUAL EVENT 

March 12-16, 2022 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), San Diego, CA

May 1-4, 2022 Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL EVENT 

May 5, 2022 Focused Ultrasound Non-invasive Neurosurgery Congress (FUNNC-2022) | VIRTUAL EVENT 

June 7-10, 2022 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Toronto, Canada and VIRTUAL

June 19-23, 2022 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress, Milan, Italy