Focused Ultrasound Foundation 2016 Year in Review 

Report Shows Progress in 2016
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Dear Friends,

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was established with the vision that this remarkable therapeutic technology would improve the quality of life for millions of patients around the world. 

2016 was our most successful year, and as a result, we see this vision coming closer to reality. The dialogue has shifted from if focused ultrasound can become a mainstream standard of care to when it will.  

I encourage you to read the Foundation's 2016 Year In Review report and hope you will share it broadly.  

Be well,

Neal F. Kassell, MD


The Field is Growing Exponentially

The entire focused ultrasound ecosystem – including the numbers of researchers, manufacturers, and treatment sites – continues to grow at an accelerating pace. 

 Creating Knowledge: Research Milestones
Focused ultrasound
stilled Peter's tremors
and changed his life.

Essential tremor became the first brain application to earn FDA approval, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services assigned it a payment level – the first step to Medicare reimbursement.

The field of cancer immunotherapy continues to grow at a rapid rate, and we are exploring the role of focused ultrasound for immune-based cancer treatments through several initiatives. 

Exciting clinical trials are underway for Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and dystonia. 

 Increasing Awareness & Sharing Knowledge
More than 800,000 copies of John Grisham's The Tumor were distributed in 2016.

We released six new patient videos, showing how focused ultrasound changes lives.

Two experts presented webinars on Parkinson's and a method for more precise targeting. 

 Convening the Community & Fostering Collaboration

Our 5th International Symposium was a success with record attendance and more than 200 scientific presentations.   

Symposium keynote speakers included author John Grisham and CBS's Chip Reid, Executive Director of the Cancer Moonshot, and an NIH data expert who stressed the need for open science.

The Foundation contributed to Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative in many ways.

 Cultivating the Next Generation
Young Investigator
Award recipient
Meet the young investigators who were invited to present at our Symposium.  

A new fellow and five interns joined us in 2016 and contributed broadly to the Foundation's scientific team.

The Foundation met its fundraising goal in 2016, due in part to two important matching gift opportunities.  

We now hold the highest rankings on Charity Navigator and Guidestar – online tools that assess non-profits' financial and organizational transparency. 


Thank you to our donors

Your generosity enables us to fund groundbreaking research, convene the best minds to overcome barriers, and spread the word about the immense potential of focused ultrasound. We thank you for your support and the important role you play in advancing this technology that could one day impact the lives of many.  

See a list of those who supported us in 2016 >
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