March 12, 2020 - Focused Ultrasound Advocacy Event in Washington, DC – and more news

March 12, 2020
Patients and Physicians Advocate for Focused Ultrasound in Washington, DC

The Foundation and the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) partnered to host the second “fly-in” event aimed to educate policymakers on focused ultrasound therapy.

 Foundation News
Foundation Hosts Summit on Focused Ultrasound Reimbursement Strategies

Together with its advocacy partner, AdvaMed, the Foundation hosted a summit on reimbursement strategies for focused ultrasound treatments. 


Register Now: Histotripsy for Cancer and Neurological Diseases Webinar

Zhen Xu, PhD, will discuss the basics of histotripsy and the latest on its use to treat cancer and neurological diseases. 

Wednesday, March 25 | 10:00 AM Eastern

Blog: How Focused Ultrasound Can Help Combat the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis, but focused ultrasound is being investigated to address chronic pain and addiction. 


Donor Profile: W. Heywood Fralin

A longtime supporter of medical innovation, W. Heywood Fralin shares what piqued his interest about focused ultrasound and how he thinks it will make a difference in Virginia and around the world.  


Patient News
Maryland Essential Tremor Patient Shares his Experience with Focused Ultrasound

The Washington Post recently published the story of a Baltimore-area dentist who chose focused ultrasound to still his tremors.


Research News
$16.7 Million Grant to Spur Focused Ultrasound Brain Research in Toronto

The new Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative at Sunnybrook will revolutionize treatment of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and brain cancer. 


Alzheimer’s Disease: Preclinical Study Explores Impact of Focused Ultrasound

Scientists from Seoul National University studied the glymphatic-lymphatic system’s role in clearing beta-amyloid from the brain and improving memory. 


Apply Now: Women in Cancer Immunotherapy Leadership Institute

March 23 is the deadline to apply to attend one of two SITC programs designed to empower emerging female leaders in cancer immunotherapy.  


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Industry News
First FUS Unicorn: Insightec Announces up to $150 Million Investment

Device manufacturer, Insightec has signed definitive agreements for an investment round of up to $150 million led by Koch Disruptive Technologies. The round puts Insightec at a post-money valuation of $1.3 billion, making it the first focused ultrasound unicorn (a privately held company valued over $1 billion.) 


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Upcoming Events
Meetings Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19
A number of upcoming conferences have been postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Notable focused ultrasound-related meetings affected by this include ISTU 2020SIR 2020, and the 11th National Image Guided Therapy Workshop. We encourage you to check all organizations’ websites for the most current information. 
April 26-28, 2020 Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's 14th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Workshop, Philadelphia, PA | Abstract submission has been extended through March 27.

September 10-13, 2020 European Association of Neuro-Oncology Meeting, Glasgow, UK | Abstract submissions are due May 4.

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada

November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, McLean, VA

November 29 – December 4, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL | Abstract submissions are due April 8 at Noon CT.