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May 13, 2021

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Bone Pain from Cancer: Multisite Comparative Clinical Trial of Focused Ultrasound Underway in Europe
  • A multicenter trial for alleviating pain from bone metastases in cancer patients is underway in four European countries.
  • In all, 216 patients will receive one of three proven treatments, including focused ultrasound.
  • All treatment centers and the Foundation partner in the FURTHER consortium
Foundation News
Foundation to Participate in Economic Club of Washington, DC’s Summer Internship Program READ MORE >

Op-Ed: CMS Must Provide Coverage for Breakthrough Medical Technologies
  • The Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) program would bridge the gap between FDA approval and Medicare coverage of treatments like focused ultrasound.
  • The Foundation and MITA strongly support the finalization of the MCIT program to bring medical innovations to patients. 

Driving Focused Ultrasound Into the Mainstream
  • The dialogue has shifted from “if” focused ultrasound will have a critical role in mainstream therapy to “when.”
  • Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, explains the progress that must be achieved in five key areas to reach this goal as soon as possible.

Foundation Intern Holds Women in Science Webinar
  • Intern Jackie Brenner held a two-day webinar series showcasing successful women in STEM.
  • One panel featured female leaders in focused ultrasound.
  • Jackie uses her Discord platform, STEMPotential, to foster an environment to educate and mentor those interested in STEM.

More Foundation News
Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology | The deadline to apply has been extended to June 15.
Patient News
Essential Tremor Treatment Now Covered by Commercial Insurance in the US
  • Aetna is the first national insurance payor to cover focused ultrasound for medication-refractory essential tremor (ET).
  • The treatment earned FDA approval in 2016 and already has nationwide Medicare coverage.
  • More than 60 treatment centers around the world offer focused ultrasound for ET. 
See media coverage: DOTmed Healthcare Business NewsRadiology Business

Violin Enthusiast with Parkinson’s Regains Hand Control with Focused Ultrasound
  • Rich Nagy underwent focused ultrasound therapy for Parkinson's disease in 2020.
  • He has since been able to resume his hobbies, including playing the violin and boxing.

Fireside Chat on Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, sat down virtually with two leading experts on Parkinson’s disease.
  • The group discussed focused ultrasound's role in treating – and perhaps reversing – the symptoms of the disease.

More Patient News
Advancing Treatments for Symptoms of Parkinson’s & Other Movement Disorders | Baptist Health South Florida
HIFU Prostate Services Making Life Better for Patients | WMBF News [video]
Research News
Article Explores Focused Ultrasound for Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a major cause of disabling back pain.
  • Focused ultrasound is being researched in preclinical studies and holds promise to help patients with DDD.  
  • The National Spine Health Foundation published an article on the topic by the Foundation’s Associate Chief Medical Officer.

Excitatory and Inhibitory Neuron Response to Transcranial Focused Ultrasound
  • Researchers investigated the mechanism behind low-intensity transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) neuromodulation.
  • They used various tFUS parameters in a preclinical model to create distinct effects in specific subpopulations of functional neurons.

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
More Research News
The Science of Sound, Vibration to Better Diagnose, Treat Brain Diseases | Georgia Institute of Technology
Focal Therapy is a Viable Treatment for Low Risk Prostate Cancer | DocWireNews
UVA Health Recognized by Angioma Alliance | CBS News Charlottesville
Industry News
Company Profile: NaviFUS Corporation 
  • NaviFUS is a Taiwan-based manufacturer that is developing novel focused ultrasound brain systems.
  • Their devices are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of brain tumors and epilepsy.
  • Biomechanisms in development include blood-brain barrier opening and neuromodulation.

Profound Medical Partners with Leader in Outpatient Imaging Centers
  • Profound Medical has partnered with Akumin Inc., a leading provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the US. 
  • Up to 10 Akumin centers will receive Profound’s TULSA-PRO device and offer focal ablation of prostate tissue.
  • The geographic focus will be Florida, with Texas and Pennsylvania to follow.

More Industry News
Chinese Tech Fights Cancer in Mexico | China Daily
EDAP Announces Pricing of Follow-On Offering | Globe Newswire
SecondWave Systems secures over $7 Million from Department of Defense to Accelerate Development and Clinical Study of Novel Anti-Inflammatory Therapy based on Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Technology | Business Wire
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

Recent Webinar Recordings
Advances in Pain Management in Breast Cancer and the Spine | Presented by the Foundation, Breast Cancer Alliance, the National Spine Health Foundation, Bluerock Care, and Theraplant (56 minutes)
Focused Ultrasound in Neurodegenerative Disorders | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (56 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea & VIRTUAL

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 | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

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

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

September 25-29, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021, Lisbon, Portugal

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, Boston, MA | Abstract submission closes May 24.