March 11, 2021 - Foundation Builds Upon Pediatrics Program – and more news

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March 11, 2021

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Momentum Builds for Foundation Pediatrics Program
  • The field of focused ultrasound for pediatrics celebrated two milestones in the past year: the Foundation designated its first pediatric Center of Excellence, and the FDA approved focused ultrasound therapy for the first pediatric condition.
  • Learn about the current clinical trials available for these young patients.
  • The Foundation hosted a Pediatric Benign Brain Tumor Workshop to discuss focused ultrasound to treat these difficult tumors. 
  • We established a Scientific Advisory Board of experts to create a roadmap forward for all pediatric applications. 
Foundation News
Watch Now: Fireside Chat on Focused Ultrasound for Pediatrics
  • Focused ultrasound could replace invasive surgery or radiation therapy for children with a variety of tumors.
  • Suzanne LeBlang, MD, discussed the latest research in focused ultrasound for pediatric indications.

Foundation Hosts Pediatric Benign Brain Tumor Workshop
  • Approximately 30 experts met virtually in December 2020.
  • The group discussed an ongoing clinical trial and next steps for using focused ultrasound to treat pediatric benign brain tumors.
  • The content from the workshop was captured in a white paper.

Foundation Adds Senior Advisor for Medical Imaging and Therapeutics 
  • Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, MA, will be a Senior Advisor for Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapeutics.
  • He will provide input on research projects that involve medical imaging technology.
  • He will also interface with professional societies and represent the Foundation at scientific and medical meetings.
Patient News
Medicare Reimbursement for Parkinson’s Disease Expanded to 12 More States
  • Medicare patients in some Midwest and Northeast states will soon have access to focused ultrasound therapy for tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease.
  • In all, 19 states have announced coverage for the treatment under Medicare.
  • Please remember to make sure your treatment center accepts Medicare patients.

Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor Celebrates 10 Years
  • On February 25, 2011, Jeff Elias, MD, and a University of Virginia (UVA) team treated Billy Williams, the first essential tremor patient to receive focused ultrasound in North America.
  • The partnership between UVA, the Foundation, and Insightec led to this event, which ignited a sea change in therapy.
  • In July 2016, the treatment earned FDA approval.

Essential Tremor Patient Sees Immediate Results after Focused Ultrasound 
  • Roberto suffered from debilitating tremors but is “feeling brand new again” after focused ultrasound treatment.
  • He was treated at Miami Neuroscience Institute, which is affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

More Patient News
Prostate Cancer Treatment | Hampton Roads Show [video]
Research News
The History of Focused Ultrasound
  • Professor Gail ter Haar's webinar on the history of the field has been adapted for this special report.
  • The talk was hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound, of which Prof. ter Haar is a founding member. 
  • She has directed a research team at the Institute of Cancer Research for more than 30 years.
  • Foundation Chairman Neal Kassell, MD, called the piece "a must watch.”

Cardiawave’s First-In-Human Trial Using Noninvasive Focused Ultrasound for the Treatment of Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Circulation published feasibility results from the first 10 patients in a clinical trial to soften calcified aortic heart valves.
  • Six participants responded to the treatment, possibly due to a longer duration of therapy.
  • Cardiawave is developing their investigational Valvosoft® device to mechanically soften the hardened valves, improve valve function, and reduce symptoms.

Radiologists Study Contrast Enhancement Patterns from Alzheimer’s Trial
  • A multisite clinical trial is investigating focused ultrasound for patients with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Radiologists at West Virginia University evaluated contrast agent enhancement patterns from three trial participants during and after treatment.
  • Post-treatment images revealed a unique contrast enhancement pattern downstream from targeted sites.

Funding Opportunity for Alzheimer’s Research
  • The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation seeks funding proposals that show potential for advancing discovery into meaningful therapeutics that treat, prevent, or slow Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
  • The opportunity provides up to $600,000 over two years plus project support from industry veterans.
  • The deadline for the letter of intent is April 23, 2021.

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More Research News
MRI Shows Focused Ultrasound May Induce Immunological Response in Alzheimer’s Patients | Diagnostic Imaging
Black History Month 2021: Reflecting on the Impact of Race | University of California, San Francisco
Industry News
Article Highlights EDAP TMS’s Focused Ultrasound Treatment for the Prostate  
  • Authority Magazine interviewed EDAP TMS CEO Marc Oczachowski in a series about cutting edge technological breakthroughs.  
  • He shares what led him to the company, his hopes for its future, and thanks the Foundation.

Profound Medical Interview Highlights Sonalleve Device for Pediatrics 
  • Dr. Karun Sharma of Children’s National Hospital discussed using the Sonalleve device to treat painful bone tumors in young patients. 
  • Sonalleve is FDA approved to treat these tumors, called osteoid osteomas.
  • Dr. Sharma shares why a noninvasive, radiation-free treatment is crucial for these patients.

More Industry News
Profound Medical to Participate in March Virtual Investor Conferences | Globe Newswire
Bioeffects of Ultrasound
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Tatiana Khokhlova, PhD, University of Washington in Seattle
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Celebrating Women in Bio
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • The Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer Jessica Foley, PhD, joins others to discuss opportunities and challenges for women scientists and business leaders.
  • Hosted by CvilleBioHub

The Evolution of Prostate Care and Men's Health at the ALTA Klinik
  • Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm Eastern
  • Dr. Agron Lumiani will discuss how the TULSA-PRO system drove the evolution of prostate care in his ALTA Klinik.
  • Hosted by Profound Medical

Recent Webinar Recordings
Fireside Chat: Focused Ultrasound for Pediatrics | Suzanne LeBlang, MD | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (45 minutes)
Bubbles, Targeted, Droplets, Science Behind the Agents | Eleanor Stride, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (58 minutes)
Podcast: Penn Medicine Neurosurgery Expert on Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor | Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD | Hosted by Global Neurology Academy (11 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
March 11-12, 2021 26th Annual Meeting of the Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium | VIRTUAL MEETING

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

March 25, 2021 Bioeffects of Ultrasound  | WEBINAR

March 30, 2021 Celebrating Women in Bio | WEBINAR

April 1, 2021 The Evolution of Prostate Care and Men's Health at the ALTA Klinik  | WEBINAR

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

April 11-14, 2021 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING

May 12, 2021 A Flexible MRgHITU Platform for Precise and Incision-free Ablative Therapies | WEBINAR

June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea | Abstract deadline extended until March 15, 2021.

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 | Abstract deadline is March 15, 2021.