January 2018 - Focused Ultrasound Featured on Global Stage and More…

January 2018

Focused Ultrasound Featured at CES – The World's Largest Showcase of Technology and Innovation

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation participated in CES® 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to raise awareness of focused ultrasound technology among an unprecedented worldwide audience of more than 170,000 fellow global innovators, technology-minded consumers, and journalists. Known as the “Global Stage for Innovation,” CES is produced annually by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). 

Foundation Board member and best-selling author John Grisham and Foundation Chairman Neal Kassell, MD, participated in a wide variety of strategic outreach activities including a media event, an interview at Gary’s Book Club, and a "Let's Go Humans" panel of organizations that are using technology to better the world.

 Foundation News

Media Attention of Focused Ultrasound at CES

The Foundation’s presence at CES has spurred widespread media coverage, reaching hundreds of thousands of people. Read stories from Forbes, Huffington Post, Medical Device and Diagnostic IndustrySound & Vision, and more. Also, view our post on the CTA Blog and listen to a live radio interview from Las Vegas on WINA 98.9 FM. Foundation Chairmain, Neal Kassell, MD, also recorded an interview with NPR's Tech Nation host Dr. Moira Gunn (pictured) to be broadcast soon. 

John Grisham Featured at Gary’s Book Club

Best-selling author and Foundation Board member John Grisham joined Foundation Chairman Neal Kassell, MD, on stage at CES for an interview with CTA CEO Gary Shapiro. The Gary’s Book Club event centered on Grisham’s The Tumor, a short e-book about how focused ultrasound can transform treatment of serious medical disorders.

See the video >
Download your copy of The Tumor

Kassell Speaks on “Life-Changing Tech” Panel


Building on the Foundation’s presence at CES, Chairman Neal Kassell, MD, shared the stage with LG Electronics USA Vice President John Taylor and Zero Mass Water Founder and CEO Cody Friesen for a panel discussion called “Let’s Go Humans: Celebrating Life-Changing Tech.” The session featured leaders behind “tech for good” companies creating technologies that change lives, and Kassell discussed focused ultrasound’s potential to impact countless patients. It was hosted by NPR’s Dr. Moira Gunn. 

Symposium 2018: Preliminary Program Topics


The upcoming 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound is set to cover a wide range of topics as the field of focused ultrasound continues to grow. The four-day program, beginning October 21, will include oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, and keynote lectures related to the clinical uses of focused ultrasound as well as future hurdles to widespread adoption.


 Research News

Site Profile: The University of Calgary


University of Calgary researchers with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine are combining expertise and resources to bring the first comprehensive focused ultrasound brain program to Western Canada. Physicians and scientists from the departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Radiology, and Psychiatry have all joined together for this project, and clinical treatments for essential tremor have begun. Research teams will also conduct basic and clinical research. 


Foundation Funded Research Update – Focused Ultrasound for Neuromodulation


Focused ultrasound has the potential to become a new, and potentially more effective, tool for non-invasive neuromodulation of regional brain function. A Foundation-funded research study by Wonhye Lee, PhD (pictured), Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA, and their colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, designed and tested wearable devices for evaluating its use in vivo. 


In Memoriam: Juergen Willmann, MD

We are sad to report that Dr. Juergen Willmann, a champion for focused ultrasound at Stanford University, passed away January 8 at the age of 45. Through his research, Dr. Willmann strived to integrate novel imaging and therapeutic strategies into clinical protocols for improved patient care.


Meeting Report: Biomedical Engineering Society


The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) held their annual meeting October 11-14 in Phoenix, AZ. Nine focused ultrasound presentations were selected for the agenda, covering topics such as pulsed focused ultrasound to modulate an immune response in breast and melanoma tumor models; focused ultrasound and microbubbles for cancer therapy; a new idea for prostate cancer treatment; and novel tools for studying focused ultrasound for brain neuromodulation. 


Funding Assistance Available for the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound



Did you know you may be able to publish your next paper in the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound (JTU) for free or at a reduced rate? The JTU is the premier open access journal focused on the rapidly growing field of therapeutic ultrasound and aims to publish the most cutting-edge research on non-invasive therapeutic technology as an alternative to surgery or radiation. 

Learn more about funding opportunities >

ISTU 2018: Abstracts Due February 1


Do you want to present your research at this year’s International Symposium for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU)? The deadline for abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations is February 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM ET. ISTU will convene May 14-17 in Nashville, TN.


Research Roundup


How are the first essential tremor patients treated with focused ultrasound doing now, two years later? Can the right carrier improve drug delivery to the brain? The January Research Roundup answers these questions and includes a technical paper that describes an acoustic lens that might improve focused ultrasound treatments in the brain.


Tell us about your research news for our next newsletter >
 Industry News

Manufacturers Help Demonstrate Focused Ultrasound at CES


The Foundation team wishes to thank four focused ultrasound companies who helped make the technology real for CES attendees. Insightec’s 3-D model of their Exablate Neuro system illustrated how focused ultrasound is used in the brain. Additionally, Foundation staff provided live ablation demonstrations (pictured) with Theraclion’s Echopulse clinical system using tissue-mimicking phantoms provided by ONDA. At our other booth, Verasonics’ preclinical device demonstrated focused ultrasound’s effects in water. Thank you to these partners in helping raise awareness of focused ultrasound. 

Tell us about your industry news for our next newsletter >
 Media Coverage
CES 2018 
Sound & Vision | Focused Ultrasound Foundation Says Ultrasound Can Save Lives 1/13/18

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry | The Coolest Medtech Products at CES 1/12/18

Forbes | Why Best-Selling Author John Grisham Wants To Massively Disrupt Healthcare 1/11/18

Huffington Post | Here’s What’s Happening At CES Right Now 1/11/18

Newsradio WINA | John Grisham and Dr Neal F. Kassell - Focused Ultrasound 1/10/18

CTA Blog | Neurosurgeon Dr. Neal F. Kassell Discusses Health Tech and Advising on John Grisham’s Book 12/18/17

WIRED.com | The Second Coming of Ultrasound 1/22/18

WNDU-TV.com | New Non-invasive Procedure Helps Stop Uncontrollable Tremors (video) 1/11/18

KSAT-TV.com | Essential Tremor is Not Parkinson's 1/9/18

BusinessInsider.com | Essential Tremor Treatment Experts Present Patient-Focused Talk Show Featuring Doug Couch 1/10/18

Medscape.com | Piloting Focal Therapy in Prostate Cancer 1/3/18

Geekwire.com | Tech Moves 12/30/17

 Upcoming Events
January 27, 2018 Cancer Research Institute's Immunotherapy Patient Summit, Houston, TX

February 15-19, 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

February 28-March 4, 2018 European Congress of Radiology (ECR), Vienna, Austria

March 17-22, 2018 Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA

April 21-27, 2018 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA

May 7-10, 2018 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine (STM), Tucson, AZ  
Abstract Deadline is February 28, 2018

May 14-17, 2018 18th International Symposium for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Nashville, TN
Abstract Deadline is February 1, 2018

October 21-25, 2018 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Reston, VA 

See the full calendar and submit your event >