January 28, 2021 - Election of US President Biden a Boon to Focused Ultrasound - and more news

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January 28, 2021

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Election of US President Joe Biden a Boon to the Focused Ultrasound Community
  • President Joe Biden’s longstanding commitment to fact-based policy and decision-making, science, and healthcare will expedite the advancement of focused ultrasound worldwide.
  • The President has elevated the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director to a cabinet-level position for the first time in history. The Foundation's work fits within the mandate of OSTP, which in part advises the Executive Office on scientific and technological aspects of health.
  • In 2014, then-vice president Biden visited the Foundation's Symposium; his attendance was a great inspiration to the community. 

French President Emmanuel Macron Visits Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence
  • President Macron visited Physics for Medicine Paris and met with director Mickael Tanter, scientific director Jean-Francois Aubry, and others.
  • The visit kicked off a major project aimed at making France a world leader in digital health.
  • Physics for Medicine Paris was named a Focused Ultrasound Foundation Center of Excellence in 2019.
Foundation News
Biopharmaceutical Leader Robert J. Hugin Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Bob Hugin brings 20 years of experience in strategic growth and global expansion at a leading biopharmaceutical anticancer company.
  • The Council provides strategic advice, assists with raising funds, and builds awareness.

Donor Profile: Ray Chambers
  • Mr. Chambers is a philanthropist, humanitarian, and an early and successful pioneer in the private equity landscape.
  • He is Ambassador to the World Health Organization for Global Strategy and Health Financing.
  • Learn why he supports focused ultrasound and the Foundation.
Research News
Liver Tumor Clinical Trial Approved to Begin in Europe
  • HistoSonics has obtained regulatory approvals for their #HOPE4LIVER US and #HOPE4LIVER Europe clinical trials.
  • Researchers are studying histotripsy to noninvasively destroy liver tumors.
  • Patient enrollment will likely begin early this year at up to seven sites across Europe and six US sites. 

Research Site Profile: University Medical Center Utrecht
  • UMC Utrecht is the latest Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence. Watch the virtual opening event >
  • Read the profile to learn about its research and clinical medicine – from technical to adult and pediatric applications.

Case Report: Focused Ultrasound for Osteoid Osteoma
  • A pediatric patient participated in a focused ultrasound clinical trial for a disabling, painful, benign bone tumor.
  • Now, five years post-treatment, she remains pain free.
  • Last November, the FDA issued an HDE approval for focused ultrasound treatment of osteoid osteoma.

Focused Ultrasound to Deliver Mitochondria 
  • A recent review paper published in Regenerative Medicine by a University of Virginia team addressed mitochondrial transfer for patients with stroke.
  • Researchers suggested focused ultrasound might improve delivery and efficacy of mitochondria to brain tissue.

Special Issue of Pharmaceutics Seeks Research Submissions LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT A PAPER > 

Essay Challenge: Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future
  • The Health Research Alliance and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have partnered to launch the essay challenge.
  • The winner will be published in a PLOS journal and receive a $5,000 cash prize.
  • March 11 is the deadline to submit.

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More Research News
Coverage of Parkinson's disease trial results fromCBS19Health DayNBC29,Parkinson’s News Today,Health News Digest, andSciTech Daily ​​​​
Inside Frank Plummer’s Brain | Maclean's Magazine
IIT Madras Researchers Develop Ultrasound Technique to Monitor Treatment | The Hindu
New Gene Therapy Methods Deliver Promise | Spectrum
Promising Treatment for Glioblastoma Tested at Ivy Brain Tumor Center | AZ Big Media
News in Context: Trial Tests Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Motor Symptoms | The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
The Sound of Healing | Dana Foundation
Looking to Reduce Bone Pain from Cancer? Consider MR-Guided HIFU | Diagnostic Imaging
Industry News
Company Profile: Shanghai A&S  
  • Shanghai A&S Science Technology Development Co., Ltd. manufactures and markets diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound devices in China and internationally.
  • Its tumor ablation device, HIFUNIT9000, is used to treat uterine fibroids and various cancers.
  • This company profile is available in both English and Chinese.

SonaCare Medical Announces Partnership with Mayo Clinic  
  • SonaCare Medical has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to launch the first Sonablate HIFU Center of Excellence.
  • The Mayo Clinic will offer Sonablate HIFU prostate treatment to patients and educate other providers on using the device.
  • Sonablate® received FDA approval in 2015 for the ablation of prostate tissue.

Focused Ultrasound Intellectual Property Update: Fourth Quarter 2020
  • One new US patent was issued in the last quarter of 2020 related to focused ultrasound.
  • The Foundation tracks recent patents issued and new patent applications filed with the US Patent Office related to the field.

More Industry News
EDAP Announces Positive 24 Month Interim Results of French Urology Association (AFU) Sponsored Clinical Study comparing HIFU to Radical Prostate Surgery | Globe Newswire and Seeking Alpha
EDAP to Participate in the LifeSci Partners 10th Annual Healthcare Corporate Access Event | Globe Newswire
Israel Continues to Shine as Hub of Med-Tech Innovation | BioWorld
Star Trek’s Neural Stimulator May Soon Be a Reality | StarTrek
Bubbles, Targeted, Droplets, Science Behind the Agents
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Eleanor Stride, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at St Catherine's College, Oxford
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinar Recordings
From Biology to Bytes: Predicting the Path of Ultrasound Waves Through the Human Brain | Bradley Treeby | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
Recognition of University Medical Center Utrecht as Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence | Hosted by UMC Utrecht and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
"Picture a Scientist" Panel Discussion with Women in Focused Ultrasound  | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Meetings Issue Calls for Abstracts
  • ISTU 2021 will take place June 6-9, and March 1 is the deadline for abstract submission.
  • March 15 is the deadline to submit abstracts for CIRSE 2021, to be held September 25-29.
  • Contact us to help promote your upcoming meeting to the focused ultrasound field.

February 9-11, 2021 System of Hospitals for Innovation in Pediatrics – Medical Devices (SHIP-MD) Virtual Workshop | VIRTUAL MEETING

March 20-26, 2021 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 10-13, 2021 European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 11-14, 2021 Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting (AIUM) 2021, TBD

June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea

June 8-10, 2021 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | VIRTUAL MEETING 

June 10-12, 2021 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Pediatric Conference, Washington, DC

June 17-18, 2021 1st HIFUture Symposium, Lyon, France

September 25-29, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021, Lisbon, Portugal