January 13, 2022 - New Trial for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer - and more news

January 13, 2022

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Focused Ultrasound for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: First Patient Enrolled in Clinical Trial
  • Oxford-based OxSonics Therapeutics announced that the first patient was dosed in a clinical trial evaluating their SonoTran platform for treating colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver.
  • The SonoTran platform is designed to actively pump unmodified oncology drugs at the site of solid tumors to enhance their effectiveness.
  • Nearly 50 patients with liver metastases will be enrolled at Oxford University Hospitals.
Foundation News
Foundation Milestone: 200 Research Projects Funded to Date
  • As the Foundation marks its 15th anniversary, we celebrate having funded 200 research projects.
  • The Foundation’s funding distribution and partnerships have made a major impact in the worldwide clinical adoption of focused ultrasound.  
  • We thank the many generous donors who have made this milestone possible.  

Joe Rice Joins Foundation’s Communications Team
  • As a communications specialist, Joe Rice will help develop and maintain comprehensive media production capabilities for the Foundation.
  • He will also assist with video creation, photography, graphic design, digital marketing, and media outreach.

Women in Focused Ultrasound Initiative Helps Student with Job Shadowing Experience
  • A Brigham Young University student gained job shadowing experience thanks to the Foundation’s initiative.
  • Viola Rieke, PhD, at the University of Utah invited the student to observe focused ultrasound experiments in the laboratory.
  • The Foundation’s Women in Focused Ultrasound group is open to all.

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.

More Foundation News
Foundation’s Chief Relationship Officer Recognized as Featured Alumna of University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business
Research News
Investigator Profile: Howard Eisenberg, MD
  • For more than a decade, Howard Eisenberg, MD, has been a cornerstone of the focused ultrasound program at the University of Maryland.
  • His work primarily involves treating movement disorders – like essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease – and pain.
  • The Maryland team offers focused ultrasound both in clinical trials and commercial treatments.

Research Awards Update: Nine Preclinical Projects Initiated in the Second Half of 2021
  • The Foundation’s Research Awards Program initiated nine preclinical studies in the second half of 2021.
  • Funded projects are addressing mental disorders, brain tumors, pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma, pancreatic cancer, and two veterinary cancer applications.
  • Learn more about our funded projects and how to apply for a research award.

Foundation-Funded Research Update: Carbon Nanotube Transducers for Blood-Brain Barrier Opening
  • Dong-Guk Paeng, PhD, and his team at Jeju National University in Korea recently completed a Foundation-funded research project.
  • The group sought to determine whether an alternate focused ultrasound technology could be used to open the blood-brain barrier.
  • The experiments showed disappointing results but led to new hypotheses.

BRAIN Initiative to Fund Innovative Technologies to Clinical Studies LEARN MORE > 

Research Funding Available for Pain Management Solution Projects
  • The US National Institutes of Health is providing research grants for nonpharmacological solutions for pain management in military populations.
  • Available grants may range from $500,000 for one year up to $1 million per year for four years.
  • Letters of intent are due by February 15, and full proposals must be submitted by March 15.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
Ultrasound May Help Breach Pancreatic Cancer Defenses | University of Washington School of Medicine
Award-Winning Researcher Joins Imperial Team | Brain Tumour Research
Industry News
Company Profile: OxSonics Therapeutics
  • OxSonics Therapeutics is a clinical-stage oncology company that has developed an ultrasound-based drug delivery platform. 
  • Their SonoTran Platform uses low-intensity focused ultrasound combined with injectable ‘SonoTran Particles’ to enhance the dose and penetration of unmodified cancer drugs into solid tumors.

Focused Ultrasound Intellectual Property Update: Fourth Quarter 2021
  • Three new US patents were issued in the last quarter of 2021 related to focused ultrasound.  
  • The Foundation tracks recent patents issued and patent applications filed with the US Patent Office related to the field.

More Industry News
EDAP Provides Corporate Update on US Focal One Installation Growth | Yahoo Finance
Dr. Tristan Berry Joins Vituro Health Physician Network to Offer HIFU Treatment | Cision PR Newswire
Theraclion is Deploying its Scalable Robotic Platform SONOVEIN® in Europe | Market Screener
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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, 2022. Registration is open, and the deadline for abstract submission is February 1.

The 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) will take place both virtually and in-person in Toronto, Canada, June 7-10, 2022. Registration is open, and abstracts are due February 15.
January 18-20, 2022 3rd Annual Glioblastoma Drug Development Summit | VIRTUAL EVENT 

January 27-29, 2022 Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias Annual Meeting, White Sulphur Springs, WV

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