January 24, 2023 - CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Highlights the Power of Focused Ultrasound and more news...

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Highlights the Power of Focused Ultrasound and more news...
Focused ultrasound reached millions over the weekend…
January 24, 2023

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CNN’s ‘Vital Signs’ with Dr. Sanjay Gupta Highlights Focused Ultrasound
  • An episode of Vital Signs featuring focused ultrasound for essential tremor aired last weekend on CNN International, reaching millions of viewers.
  • The 23-minute program is hosted by famed correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
  • The episode features a patient who was treated at the University of Virginia by Dr. Jeff Elias, an interview with Dr. Neal Kassell, and more.
  • An accompanying online story, "A Sound You Can’t Hear But May One Day Change Your Life," gained top billing on CNN.
Foundation News
Donor Profile: Cassiopeia Foundation and Ethan Miller
  • Ethan Miller has been a principal in his family-run Cassiopeia Foundation for more than 20 years.
  • The Cassiopeia Foundation has supported focused ultrasound research for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
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Employment Opportunities in Focused Ultrasound
  • The Foundation is currently seeking a Scientific Programs Director to manage the organization’s research funding project pipeline.
  • The communications department has an opening for a Media Manager to oversee social media and PR efforts.
  • There are nearly 20 positions from 12 organizations in the field of focused ultrasound posted to our job board.
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Advocacy Partner Highlights Government Bioscience Funding Opportunities
  • The Foundation has partnered with G2G Consulting to provide monthly reports on government bioscience grants – the GBG Report.
  • This effort is part of an ongoing partnership to drive impact for the focused ultrasound community through advocacy.
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Research News
Focused Ultrasound for Pediatric Brain Tumors: Clinical Trial Begins in Toronto
  • Researchers at two Toronto institutions are collaborating on a focused ultrasound clinical trial for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
  • DIPGs are highly aggressive brain tumors that affect young children.
  • Physicians are exploring focused ultrasound-induced blood-brain barrier opening to enhance delivery of chemotherapy to the tumor.

Focused Ultrasound Highlighted as Innovative Technology for Treating Brain Tumors
  • Michael Lim, MD, and his team at Stanford University have published a review article on novel intraoperative tools and strategies for enhancing brain tumor control.
  • The article includes multiple effects of focused ultrasound as innovative and noninvasive tools for treatment delivery beyond surgical resection.
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Focused Ultrasound Treatment Comparable to Radiation Therapy for Patients with Painful Bone Metastases
  • Prof. Alessandro Napoli and his team conducted a comparative clinical trial of 198 participants with painful bone metastases.
  • When compared with external beam radiation therapy, focused ultrasound produced a faster, better, and longer-lasting pain control response.
  • An accompanying editorial praised focused ultrasound as a promising new advance in interventional oncology.
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Research Awards Update: Nine Preclinical Projects Initiated in the Fourth Quarter of 2022
  • The Foundation’s Research Awards Program initiated nine preclinical studies in the last quarter.
  • The funded projects address brain, bone, low back pain, and breast cancer applications of focused ultrasound.
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UVA Announces $300 Million Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology
  • The University of Virginia (UVA) has launched a new biotechnology institute to develop cutting-edge medicine that revolutionizes how diseases are treated.
  • Foundation supporters Paul and Diane Manning generously gave UVA $100 million to form the institute, which will be named in their honor. The additional funding will come from the Commonwealth of Virginia and UVA.
  • The institute will make Charlottesville an even greater hub for medical research and manufacturing.
  • The Foundation supports this high-impact endeavor to amplify research, development, and commercialization.
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Meeting Report: Taiwan Association of Interventional and Therapeutic Ultrasound (TAITU) 2022
  • TAITU’s Annual Academic Conference was held on December 17 at National Taiwan University School of Medicine.
  • The Foundation’s Asia Ambassador, Dong-Guk Paeng, PhD, presented at the meeting and provided this summary.

Reminder: Submit Manuscript for a Special Collection on Histotripsy
  • The International Journal of Hyperthermia is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special collection on histotripsy.
  • Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s director of clinical relationships, is one of the guest advisors for the collection.
  • The deadline to submit a manuscript is March 10.
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ACTION Consortium Launches $2 Million Grant for Neuroblastoma Projects
  • The ACTION Consortium's first research funding award aims to accelerate clinical trials and innovative solutions for the treatment of neuroblastoma.
  • Letters of intent to apply for the $2 million grant are due March 6.
  • The Consortium was founded by five non-profit organizations, including Solving Kids’ Cancer UK, which is managing this grant call.
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More Research News
A Cure for Alzheimer’s? Trial Study Underway at Broward Health | New Pelican
New High-Intensity Ultrasound Treatment for Brain Disorders Show Potential for More Precise Treatments | Inside Precision Medicine
New Technique Improves High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Brain Disorders | Medical Xpress (UTSW Press Release)
Industry News
‘Why It Takes So Long’ Blog Series: Patients
  • In this sixth blog in the series, Mark Carol, MD, a senior consultant at the Foundation, addresses how patients influence the commercialization of a new medical device.
  • Some of the factors discussed include treatment preference, patient education, and the impact of reimbursement availability.
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SonoThera Completes $60.75M Funding Round
  • SonoThera will use the funds to develop its ultrasound-guided, nonviral gene therapy platform and establish initial proof of concept in humans.
  • The company’s platform uses a microbubble-mediated approach to deliver nucleic acid payloads noninvasively and selectively to many organs within the body.
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More Industry News
Sonablate Corp. appoints Dr. Samuel Peretsman to Medical Director and Board of Directors | Newswires
Theraclion Reaches Major Milestones in 2022, Paving the Way for the Commercial Deployment of SONOVEIN® | Business Wire
Insightec to Present at the 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference | PR Newswire
Insightec Receives US FDA Approval to Treat Essential Tremor Patients’ Second Side | Neuro News International
Sounding Out Effective Cancer Treatments | The Medicine Maker
Ultrasound Therapy of the Heart
  • Thursday, January 26 at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • Featuring Mathieu Pernot, PhD
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
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Upcoming Events
March 1-5, 2023 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2023, Vienna, Austria ​​​​​​

March 4-9, 2023 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ ​​​​​​

March 19-24, 2023 Winter School on Therapeutic Ultrasound, Les Houches, France​​​​​​

March 25-29, 2023 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Annual Convention 2023, Orlando, Florida | Rebranded as UltraCon ​​​​​

April 14-19, 2023 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2023, Orlando, Florida​​​​​​

April 16-19, 2023 European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) 2023, Stockholm, Sweden​​​​​​

April 17-20, 2023 22nd Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) and 6th European Symposium on FUS (EUFUS) Joint Conference, Lyon, France​​​​​​

April 21, 2023 2nd HIFUture Symposium 2023, Lyon, France​​​​​​

April 23-27, 2023 38th Annual Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) Meeting, San Diego, CA​​​​​​

June 22-24, 2023 Society for NeuroOncology’s 7th Biennial Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Conference, Washington, DC | Abstracts are due February 6​​​​​​

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