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May 12, 2022

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UVA Health, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Partner to Create World’s First Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center
  • The Foundation and UVA Health have launched the Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center, the world's first center dedicated to advancing a focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy treatment approach.
  • A central goal of the center is to better understand focused ultrasound's ability to improve a patient's immune response to cancer.
  • Three groundbreaking trials are already underway at UVA exploring focused ultrasound's impact on the immune response of patients with breast cancers and solid tumors.
Foundation News
Watch Now: Webinar on Aging and Longevity
  • Age Wave Founder and CEO, Ken Dychtwald, PhD, addressed rising longevity and the important role that disruptive medical technology plays to the aging population and beyond.

Register for Two Upcoming Webinars
  • Focused Ultrasound Pelvic Treatment: State of the Field for Prostate Cancer and Uterine Fibroids | May 16 at 7:00 pm Eastern | REGISTER NOW > 
  • LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence - A Five Year Perspective | May 17 at 11:00 am Eastern | REGISTER NOW >

In Memoriam: Yoav Medan, PhD
  • We are saddened to report that focused ultrasound pioneer Yoav Medan, PhD, passed away on April 30.
  • His spirit and dedication were unmatched, and his passing is a great loss for us all.
  • Dr. Medan will posthumously receive the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at Symposium 2022.

Foundation Chairman Featured in Penn Gazette
  • Foundation chairman, former neurosurgeon, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine alumnus, Neal F. Kassell, MD, is featured in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
  • He discusses his early fascination with science and technology and the “aha! moment” when he realized the vast potential of focused ultrasound.
Symposium News
Register Now for Symposium 2022
  • Join us this October at the world’s leading forum for sharing the latest translational and clinical advances in focused ultrasound.
  • We encourage you to join us in-person, but there is a virtual registration option and discounted student rates.

Thomas Scully to Present Symposium Special Lecture on Reimbursement
  • Thomas Scully is a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the most active US private equity investor in healthcare.
  • He was formerly the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Mr. Scully will give a special lecture on reimbursement through the eyes of CMS at the Symposium.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus is Now Available
  • The Foundation welcomes organizations in the therapeutic ultrasound industry or related fields to support the Symposium.
  • The Prospectus outlines a variety of sponsor and exhibitor packages, as well as many advertising opportunities to increase your company’s visibility at the meeting.

More Symposium News
Abstract Deadline Approaching! | The deadline is Monday, May 16.
Apply Now for a Young Investigator Award | The deadline is Monday, May 16.
Submit Nominations for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award | The deadline is Monday, June 6.
Interested in receiving the latest Symposium news? Subscribe now!
Patient News
National Geographic: New Method Delivers Life-Saving Drugs to the Brain – Using Sound Waves
  • A recent National Geographic story is an in-depth look at focused ultrasound for drug delivery, blood-brain barrier opening, and more.
  • National Geographic has a circulation of 2.2 million and more than 27 million followers on Twitter.

More Patient News
Theraclion Announces 1,000th Treatment for Varicose Veins with SONOVEIN® | Yahoo!
New Treatment for Tremors: Cutting-Edge Brain Surgery with No Cutting | Oregon Health Sciences University
Lagos Centre Relieves 100 Women of Uterine Fibroid without Invasive Surgery | Lagos Post (Nigeria)
Erika | Varicose Veins Removal with Echotherapy | Patient Testimonial | Theraclion
Focused Ultrasound in Parkinson’s: A Conversation with Arjun Desai, MD | Parkinson’s News Today
Research News
Partial Histotripsy Ablation Induces Complete Tumor Regression in Liver Cancer
  • A research team led by Zhen Xu, PhD, recently published preclinical work investigating whether partial histotripsy ablation could result in complete tumor regression in a model of liver cancer.
  • The group also evaluated survival, immune response, and risk of metastases.
  • Histotripsy significantly improved survival and increased immune infiltration of the treated and untreated tumors.

Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (LIFUS) Neuromodulation for Epilepsy
  • LIFUS neuromodulation is a rapidly emerging technology being studied to treat neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy.
  • The technique may be a promising treatment for epilepsy because it can reach the lateral cortex and deep brain structures.
  • A clinical trial at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is using LIFUS for serial treatments of the hippocampus in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Skin Cancer Clinical Trial Begins in Denmark
  • A clinical trial using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has begun in Denmark.
  • BCC is a common, rarely fatal type of skin cancer that is found in areas of the skin exposed to the sun.
  • Up to 40 participants will be treated with the TOOsonix System ONE-M HIFU device.

Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease Research Funding Available from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
  • The CDMRP recently listed several funding opportunities that may be of interest to the focused ultrasound community.
  • Up to $9 million is available for Parkinson’s research, and more than $1 million is available for rare cancer research in three grant programs.

Meeting Report: American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2022 Annual Meeting
  • The annual AIUM meeting was held March 12-16, in San Diego, CA.
  • Two scientific sessions featured recent focused ultrasound research.

More Research News
A Window to The Brain: Ultrasound Can Open the BBB Through a Polymer Plate | Physics World
Researchers Stimulate Blind Retinas Using Focused Ultrasound Technology | Tech Explore
Scientists Use New Ultrasound Tech to Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Insulin | India Times
Industry News
Company Profile: Tamura Corporation
  • Founded in 1924, Tamura Corporation is one of Japan’s oldest electronics companies.
  • It designs and manufactures piezoelectric ultrasound transducers for the focused ultrasound industry.
  • The company, known as the “King of Transformers,” is dedicated to driving innovation.

More Industry News
Dr. Christopher Weight Discusses HIFU for Localized Prostate Cancer | Urology Times
Focused Ultrasound Pelvic Treatment: State of the Field for Prostate Cancer and Uterine Fibroids
  • Monday, May 16 at 7:00 pm Eastern
  • Experts will discuss focused ultrasound vs. interventional radiology treatments for prostate cancer and uterine fibroids.
  • Hosted by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence (COE) - A Five Year Perspective
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Cyril Lafon, PhD, W. Apoutou N'DJIN, PhD, and Anne-Gaëlle Chaux, PhD, DDS
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Dissecting the Brain with Sound and Magnets
  • Thursday, May 26 at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Charles F. Caskey, PhD, from Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Decades with PD: “Ask Me Anything!” | Featuring Dr. Alice Lazzarini and three patients with Parkinson’s disease | Hosted by Rebecca Gilbert, MD, PhD, of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (50 minutes) 
Delivering Drugs to the Brain | Featuring Zhenpeng Qin, PhD, Olaf van Tellingen, PhD, Costas Arvanitis, PhD, and Graeme F. Woodworth, MD | Hosted by Drug Discovery News (2 hours and 50 minutes)
Sonobactericide for Treating Bacterial Infections | Featuring Klazina Kooiman, PhD, from Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour) 
Sound Power: Focused Ultrasound & the New Era of NeuroSonics in Neurosurgery | Hosted by the Seattle Science Foundation (48 minutes) 
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Upcoming Events
May 23-27, 2022 182nd Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Meeting, Denver, CO

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

June 11-16, 2022 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

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

August 14-19, 2022 Gordon Research Conference – In Vivo Ultrasound Imaging, Ventura, CA

October 10-13, 2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Venice, Italy

October 23-28, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD

December 8-11, 2022 International Symposium on Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics (ISBUS), Pasadena, CA