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Symposium 2022: Abstract Deadlines, Award Opportunities, and Sponsorship Prospectus

The Foundation will host the 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound this October in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Join Us – In-person and virtual registration is now open for the event.
  • Submit an Abstract – The final deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, June 1.
  • Award Opportunities – Apply for a Young Investigator Award by June 1 or nominate a colleague for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award by June 6.
  • Support the Symposium – We invite organizations in the therapeutic ultrasound industry or related fields to view the Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus for advertising opportunities.
Foundation News
Watch Now: LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence Webinar
  • In 2017, the Laboratory of Therapeutic Applications of Ultrasound (LabTAU) became the Foundation’s seventh Center of Excellence.
  • The LabTAU team discussed their strategy, highlighted completed projects, and outlined their future vision.

The Perfect Arc of a Biomedical Engineer’s Career: John Snell, PhD
  • This month, the Foundation’s Brain Program Technical Director for the past 12 years, John Snell, PhD, began a new role as Manager of Advanced Simulation and Applications at Histosonics.
  • We celebrate John for his important work at the Foundation and contributions to advancing the field.

Field Overview: Focused Ultrasound in Veterinary Medicine
  • The Foundation’s Veterinary Medicine Program Director, Kelsie Timbie, PhD, recently presented an overview of the Veterinary Program.
  • She addressed current feline and canine research and how it could impact human care.

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Paging Dr. Ultrasound | McGill University
Symposium News
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended
  • You now have until Wednesday, June 1, to submit abstracts for Symposium 2022.
  • We strongly urge you to submit preliminary as well as final results from preclinical laboratory studies and clinical trials.
  • Young Investigator Award applications are also due June 1 and can be completed during the abstract submission process.

Nominate a Colleague Now for Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award
  • The award honors the late Ferenc Jolesz and recognizes an innovative spirit in a mid-career investigator conducting focused ultrasound research.
  • The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award and up to $5,000 in travel expenses for Symposium attendance.
  • The award is supported by Insightec, and nominations will be accepted through Monday, June 6.

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Patient News
Toronto Hospital Celebrates 10 Years of Focused Ultrasound Treatments
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has been providing focused ultrasound care to patients for a decade.
  • The site is pioneering the use of MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat a range of brain conditions.
  • The Foundation has supported Sunnybrook clinical trials and designated it a focused ultrasound Center of Excellence.

Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Essential Tremor Now Reimbursed in Germany
  • Previously, essential tremor patients in Germany who had focused ultrasound were only eligible for reimbursement if they were unsuitable for an alternate therapy – deep brain stimulation.
  • A recent ruling, thanks to a collaborative effort by physicians, has removed that barrier.

More Patient News
Henry Ford Health Can Target and Treat Prostate Cancer Through Robotic Technology [video] | Fox 2 Detroit
A Revolutionary New Prostate Treatment is Being Rolled Out Across the UK | Edinburgh News
Research News
First Patient Treated in US Clinical Trial for Varicose Veins
  • The first US clinical trial of Theraclion’s SONOVEIN® platform for patients with varicose veins has begun in New Jersey.
  • The company plans to use data from this 20-patient study to start a larger trial and ultimately apply for FDA approval.
  • Sonovein is the only noninvasive treatment option for varicose veins, and it earned the CE Mark in 2019.

Focused Ultrasound Treatment Reporting Guidelines Now Published
  • Physicists with expertise in the technology have published recommendations for reporting treatment parameters of studies using focused ultrasound.
  • Widespread use of these guidelines will assist in moving the field forward more quickly.
  • The recommendations are divided into clinical and preclinical study sections.

Literature Review: Focused Ultrasound Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors
  • Researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review of studies using focused ultrasound to modulate anti-tumor immunity in the central nervous system.
  • Four bioeffects induce immune effects, improve immunotherapy trafficking, or turn "cold" tumors "hot."
  • When combined with immunotherapy, focused ultrasound can promote robust responses in brain tumors.

Meeting Report: Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022
  • The annual meeting of the STM was held virtually May 1–4.
  • A special focused ultrasound symposium included research on immunotherapy, imaging, drug delivery, hyperthermia, pancreatic therapy, prostate cancer, and canine tumors.

Meeting Report: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • The first in-person AANS annual meeting since 2019 was held in Philadelphia April 29—May 2.
  • Seven sessions included focused ultrasound topics.
  • We thank Vibhor Krishna, MD, for his assistance with this meeting report.

More Research News
Cardiawave Announces French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) Green Light to Launch VALVOSOFT® Pivotal Study in France | Business Wire
Ultrasound as a Treatment for Liver Cancer Shows Promise | Managed Healthcare Executive
Industry News
Symposium 2022 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus is Now Available
  • The Foundation invites 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.

Theraclion Launches SONOVEIN® HD Platform for Varicose Vein Treatment
  • The new system combines the company’s noninvasive platform with leading-edge imaging capabilities from SuperSonic Imagine.
  • The addition of Sonovein HD technology enables faster and safer treatments of varicose veins.
  • Sonovein earned the CE Mark in 2019, and the first US clinical trial began earlier this month.

Histosonics Announces Partnership with GE Healthcare
  • Histosonics will use GE Healthcare's LOGIQ E10 Series ultrasound imaging platform to improve visualization of its EdisonTM novel sonic beam therapy.
  • GE’s technology will offer continuous visualization for the histotripsy therapy procedure, including planning, monitoring, and immediate post-treatment verification.
  • Histosonics’ EdisonTM is now being used in clinical trials in the US and Europe to treat liver tumors.

More Industry News
The Use of Robotics and HIFU for Prostate Cancer Treatment in Latin America | Uro Today
3 Questions on…Treating Prostate Cancer with Sound Waves | Oncology Times
“Game-Changing” Essential Tremor Treatment Rolled Out | National Health Executive
OHSU Launches Brain Surgery Method Without the Surgery | Biz Journals
Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Pelvic Focused Ultrasound Treatment: State of the Field for Prostate Cancer and Uterine Fibroids | Featuring Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, and Gina Hesley, MD | Hosted by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (1 hour 12 minutes) 
LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence (COE) - A Five Year Perspective | Featuring Cyril Lafon, PhD, W. Apoutou N'DJIN, PhD, and Anne-Gaëlle Chaux, PhD, DDS | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (1 hour)
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Upcoming Events
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