June 10, 2021 - Desmoid Tumor Treatment Approved – and more news…

June 10, 2021

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Focused Ultrasound Device Awarded CE Mark to Treat Desmoid Tumors
  • Profound Medical’s Sonalleve® system has received the CE mark for the treatment of desmoid tumors.
  • Desmoid tumors are benign but aggressive soft tissue tumors that typically occur in young adults.
Foundation News
Register Now: Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Fireside Chat
  • Join a conversation with leaders from the Foundation, Cancer Research Institute, and Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
  • The group will discuss the potential of cancer immunotherapy and exciting new research.
  • Register now for Thursday, June 24, at 11:00 am Eastern.

Determined to Make a Difference Anonymously
  • One invaluable supporter is in awe of focused ultrasound’s potential and gives to enable the Foundation to focus on research and development.
  • They are proud to give anonymously.

Last Chance to Apply: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology
  • The Fellowship fosters early-stage investigators in the field of focused ultrasound in immuno-oncology.
  • The award will provide a one-year stipend of $75,000, and the recipient will remain at his or her current institution.
  • Tuesday, June 15, is the last day to apply. 

Foundation Participates in Local Student Education Initiative
  • Foundation intern Jackie Brenner presented the fundamentals of focused ultrasound as part of the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s Tech Tour program.
  • Jackie spoke virtually to four groups of students ranging from 7th grade to high school seniors.

Employment Opportunities Available in Focused Ultrasound
  • The Foundation posts available positions within the international focused ultrasound community.
  • See listings from industry and academia.
Patient News
Meet Harrison: Teen’s Desmoid Tumor Cured by Focused Ultrasound
  • A benign tumor forced Harrison to give up lacrosse until he was treated with focused ultrasound.
  • Now he is tumor free and studying to become a doctor at the University where he was treated.  
  • Focused ultrasound for desmoid tumors is now approved in Europe.  

More Patient News
Catching up with Alex | Insightec Blog
First High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment for Prostate Cancer in Connecticut | Cision PRWeb
Research News
Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) to Open Dedicated Focused Ultrasound Facility
  • The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is investing in an MRI-guided focused ultrasound facility thanks to a $1.8 million grant.
  • The investment in research will help Virginia Tech and collaborators improve human and animal health.  

Bilateral, Staged Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor is Feasible
  • To date, most focused ultrasound treatments for essential tremor only address the patient’s dominant side, but many might need treatment on both sides.
  • Data from a clinical trial suggest that bilateral treatment is feasible and may also be safe and effective.

Quantitative Analysis of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging in Brain Structures
  • A collaborative team developed a system to image, analyze, and quantify microbubble distribution in the brain.
  • Microbubbles and ultrasound can enhance imaging or elicit mechanical bioeffects, but their distribution throughout types of brain tissue is not well understood.  
  • A retrospective analysis revealed quantitative differences in microbubble distribution in various brain structures, regions, and tumors.

Histotripsy as a Mechanism for Pancreatic Cancer Immunomodulation
  • Histotripsy is a non-thermal method of using focused ultrasound to mechanically destroy target tissue.
  • Preclinical research suggests that using ultrasound-guided histotripsy to ablate tumor tissue can elicit an immune response.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
New Tool Activates Deep Brain Neurons by Combining Ultrasound, Genetics | Washington University in St. Louis | Additional media coverage by ANI News
Non-Invasive Brain Cancer Treatment Targeting Glioblastoma | The Hippocratic Post [video]
Oncological and Functional Outcome after Partial Prostate HIFU Ablation with Focal-One: A Prospective Single-Center Study | DocWire News
Final Publication Available for a Novel Skin Cooling Device | See International Journal of Hyperthermia 
Non-Invasive Deep Brain Stimulation Using Ultrasound and Genetic Modification | Medgadget
Industry News
HistoSonics Announces First Patient Treated in Liver Tumor Clinical Trial
  • Researchers are studying histotripsy to noninvasively destroy liver tumors.
  • The Otto von Guericke University Clinic Magdeburg in Germany treated the first patient in the #HOPE4LIVER Europe trial
  • The study will enroll up to 45 patients at sites in Spain, Italy, UK, and Germany and is being run in parallel with a similar trial in the US.

CarThera’s SonoCloud Technology Enhances Efficacy of Immunotherapy
  • A preclinical study in a glioma model tested CarThera’s SonoCloud® blood-brain barrier opening technology with cancer immunotherapy CAR-T cells and checkpoint inhibitors.
  • The results showed enhanced immunotherapy delivery to the tumors and surrounding brain area.
Breaking Barriers with Sound: Current and Emerging Indications for MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound
  • Friday, June 18, 2021, at 8:00 am Eastern
  • Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Hosted by the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society

Focused Ultrasound in Gynecology
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Young-sun Kim, MD, Uterine Fibroid Integrated Management Center, MINT Intervention Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinar Recordings
A Novel Non-Surgical Option to Preserve Limbs in Canine Osteosarcoma | Joanne Tuohy, DVM, PhD, DACVS | Hosted by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (55 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
June 10-12, 2021 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Pediatric Conference | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

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

June 18, 2021 Breaking Barriers with Sound: Current and Emerging Indications for MR-guided Focused Ultrasound | WEBINAR ​​​​​

June 24, 2021 Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Fireside Chat | WEBINAR ​​​​​

June 24, 2021 Focused Ultrasound in Gynecology | WEBINAR ​​​​​

July 25-29, 2021 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL MEETING

September 7-10, 2021 iTRUSST's 2nd Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation (FUN) Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 25-28, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021| VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

October 15-16, 2021 2021 AANS/CNS Tumor Section Satellite Symposium, Austin, TX

November 18-21, 2021 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO), Boston, MA