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March 10, 2022

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Foundation’s 2021 Year in Review Report Now Available
  • See milestones in the field of focused ultrasound and highlights from the Foundation’s accomplishments over the past year.
  • The report highlights global approvals, new clinical trials, industry investments, and more.
  • Learn how you can support our efforts to advance focused ultrasound and impact the lives of countless patients worldwide.
Foundation News
Tom Ryder Joins Foundation Board of Directors
  • Thomas O. Ryder, a former Amazon director, is the newest member of the Foundation’s Board.  
  • Ryder was Chairman and CEO of the Reader’s Digest Association and President of multiple divisions at American Express.   
  • He is also an essential tremor patient who was treated with focused ultrasound in 2021.

Foundation’s Council Welcomes New Co-Chairs
  • Nora Seilheimer and Jane Metcalfe will now lead the Foundation’s Council. 
  • Longstanding co-chairs Jane Batten and Charles Seilheimer, Jr. have stepped down from their roles but will continue as active members of the group. 
  • The Council provides strategic advice, assists with raising funds, and builds awareness. 

In Memory of David B. Heller

We fondly remember David Heller, as tomorrow, March 11, marks the 10th anniversary of his passing. David was an extremely energetic and enthusiastic champion of focused ultrasound who saw its potential early on and supported the Foundation generously with his time and money. He was a member of the Board during the Foundation's formative stage, and his contributions were instrumental in the development of the organization and advancing the entire field of focused ultrasound. In addition, David was a great friend. 
Symposium News
Abstract Submission Open for Symposium 2022
  • We welcome abstracts related to the use of image-guided focused ultrasound, and a detailed list of topics of interest is available on the website.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is May 16.
  • The 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will be held October 23-28 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Focused Ultrasound Pioneer Yoav Medan, PhD, to Receive Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Yoav Medan, PhD, has devoted more than 23 years to advancing focused ultrasound as Vice President at Insightec and in advisory roles.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Symposium and recognizes an individual who has worked to establish the field and improve the lives of patients.
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Patient News
Essential Tremor Patient Shares Her Story
  • Beverly underwent focused ultrasound treatment for her essential tremor in 2018.
  • After treatment, she was able to return to her job as a family nurse practitioner working with veterans.
  • She recently participated in the Foundation’s Congressional briefing to ensure focused ultrasound is available to others.

More Patient News
New Treatment for Tremor Helps Sculptor Reclaim His Work | Cleveland Clinic
Alternative Approach Uses Sound Waves to Treat Prostate Cancer | UC San Diego News Center
Research News
Focused Ultrasound in Pediatrics: Early Results Suggest Therapy is Safe for Benign Brain Tumors
  • Researchers have published results from the first five patients in a clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat benign pediatric brain tumors.
  • The study aims to determine tolerability, safety, and feasibility for treating central brain tumors in adolescents and young adults.
  • Early results indicate that focused ultrasound ablation of these tumors is safe.

Novel and Affordable 3D Printed Transcranial Focused Ultrasound Device Developed
  • Hong Chen, PhD, and her team have designed and tested a low-cost 3D-printed transcranial focused ultrasound transducer for preclinical research.
  • The transducer can be connected to a stereotactic head frame and used at three frequencies.
  • Laboratories can print their own device for approximately $80 in materials.

NIH Publication Features Focused Ultrasound Pain Project
  • The NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative recently featured funded projects impacting the opioid crisis.
  • One such project is a preclinical study developing a novel device for focused ultrasound neuromodulation to relieve sickle cell disease pain.
  • There are six HEAL projects that are using focused ultrasound to treat pain.

Funding Available for Translational Projects to Address ALS
  • The ALS Association has a grant opportunity for preclinical projects assessing therapeutics for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with a high probability of reaching the clinic within three years.
  • Letters of intent are due on March 30.

More Research News
Can Ultrasound Help Treat Alzheimer’s? | AARP
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Effective, Safe Treatment for Seborrheic Keratosis | Dermatology Advisor
Industry News
Theraclion Announces €6.5 Million Capital Increase
  • Theraclion is a French company developing a scalable robotic platform for noninvasive echotherapy.
  • The funding will allow the company to pursue treating varicose veins, thyroid diseases, and breast cancer.
  • Theraclion also announced the first patient was treated in an early-stage breast cancer clinical trial.

VeinSound Closes €660,000 Funding Round
  • VeinSound SAS is developing an innovative device for the treatment of varicose veins using focused ultrasound.
  • The French company plans to use the funds to complete preclinical studies.
  • The team announced plans for an additional Series A funding round this year to finance a clinical trial.
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Image-Guided HIFU
  • Thursday, March 24, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Prof. Holger Grüll from the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Sonalleve, an Incision-Free Alternative for the Therapy of Adenomyosis and Uterine Fibroids
  • Wednesday, March 30, at 5:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Dr. Simon Hubertus, Dr. Kang Zhou, and Dr. Mathieu Lieberatore
  • Hosted by Profound Medical

Recent Webinar Recordings
New Generation Nanobubbles: The Smaller the Better? | Presented by Professor Katsuro Tachibana, MD, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (57 minutes)
Not Science Fiction – Focused Ultrasound: A Noninvasive Process for Treating Cancer, Parkinson’s and Hundreds of other Illnesses and Conditions | Featuring Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD | Adriane Berg Podcast (9 minutes)
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Upcoming Events
March 12-16, 2022 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), San Diego, CA

April 28, 2022 Virginia Bio THRiVE, Roanoke, VA

May 1-4, 2022 Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL EVENT 

June 7-10, 2022 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Toronto, Canada and VIRTUAL

June 19-23, 2022 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress, Milan, Italy

July 10-14, 2022 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC