November 10, 2022 – Glioblastoma Trial Begins in Milan – and more news…

In this trial, researchers will use sonodynamic therapy...
November 10, 2022

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Clinical Trial of Sonodynamic Therapy for Glioblastoma Begins in Milan
  • Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) uses focused ultrasound to activate agents that accumulate in tumor cells and cause cell death.
  • In this trial, researchers will use SDT in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastomas.
  • The Foundation is funding this important clinical trial.
Foundation News
Yutong Guo, PhD, Named 2022 Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Dr. Yutong Guo completed her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology and will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.
  • She plans to study how focused ultrasound can be combined with CAR T cell therapy to treat aggressive brain tumors, such as glioblastoma.
  • The one-year fellowship was established in January 2021 by the Lockhart family in honor of their son.

Thanks for Making Symposium 2022 a Success!
  • We thank the more than 600 participants and 22 sponsors and exhibitors who joined us for Symposium 2022, both in-person and online.
  • Scientific presentations and live panel recordings are available on the virtual platform for registrants.
  • All Symposium content will soon be publicly available on our YouTube channel.

More Foundation News
Focusing on the Future for Cancer Immunotherapy | Virginia Medicine Magazine | This article highlights the new Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center established by the Foundation and UVA.
Patient News
AARP Article Highlights Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease
  • A recent AARP article featured Mark, a Parkinson’s patient who underwent focused ultrasound to ease his symptoms.
  • Mark reports that after taking part in a bilateral trial, he rarely thinks about having Parkinson’s because the treatment was like a second chance.
VIDEO: Health Headlines: Expanding Ultrasound Treatments for Parkinson’s > 

More Patient News
Scientific Innovation at Work: Focused Ultrasound Relieves Hand Tremors without Surgery | Biz Journals
Study Co-Authored by Niagara Health Doctor Increases Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer Patients | Niagara Health
Dr. Linehan’s Advice for Clinicians Looking to Incorporate HIFU Into Their Practice | Urology Times
Research News
Sunnybrook Scientist Publishes Promising Alzheimer’s Study, Elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • A research team led by Isabelle Aubert, PhD, published a study showing that focused ultrasound increased delivery of a growth factor and improved cognition in a preclinical model of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences also recently elected Dr. Aubert to its group of 2022 Fellows.
  • Dr. Aubert is a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto.

Research Awards Update: Preclinical Projects Initiated in the Third Quarter of 2022
  • The Foundation’s Research Awards Program initiated five preclinical studies from July through September 2022.
  • The funded projects address immunotherapy, cardiovascular, and brain applications of focused ultrasound.

Call for Manuscripts: Special Collection on Histotripsy
  • The International Journal of Hyperthermia is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special collection on histotripsy.
  • Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s director of clinical relationships, is one of the guest advisors for the collection.
  • The deadline to submit a manuscript is March 10, 2023.

Review Article: Immunotherapy Delivery for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • This article provides a preclinical and clinical overview of using low-intensity ultrasound plus microbubbles to disrupt the blood-brain barrier for the delivery of immunotherapies in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It then compares in vitro and in vivo models, strategies for combining therapeutic agents with microbubbles, and techniques to understand observable bioeffects.
  • The authors discuss questions on how in vitro studies can be translated to animal and human applications.

More Research News
Preclinical Data Demonstrates SonoTran® Increased Delivery and Efficacy of ADCT-601 in Human Renal Cancer Model | B3C Newswire
OxSonics Presents Preclinical Data Demonstrating SonoTran® Enhanced the Delivery and Efficacy of an Oncolytic Virus in a Murine Bladder Cancel Model | B3C Newswire
A Sound Approach for Effective Gene Therapy Delivery to Brain | Washington University in St. Louis
Benefits of Focused Subthalamic Ultrasound Sustained Up to Five Years in Patients with Parkinson's Disease | Neurology Today
Combined Ultrasound Technique Can Reposition and Break Up Urinary Stones in Awake Patients | Newswise
Research!America to Recognize Michael Friedlander, Heywood Fralin for Medical and Health Leadership | Virginia Tech
Industry News
Foundation and MITA Applaud Increased Medicare Reimbursement for HIFU Prostate Tissue Ablation
  • The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently ruled that hospitals in the US can be reimbursed $8,558 per US-guided HIFU procedure.
  • The reimbursement level applies only to Medicare patients and will go into effect January 1, 2023.
  • The Foundation and the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) publicly support the rule.

More Industry News
THERACLION: Last Patient of First SONOVEIN® US Study Has Been Treated | Business Wire

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Role of Magnetic Resonance Thermometry in Therapeutic Ultrasound | Dennis L. Parker, PhD, from the University of Utah | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour)

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Upcoming Events
November 16-20, 2022 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, Tampa Bay, FL

December 5-9, 2022 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN 

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

January 19-23, 2023 Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC

March 4-9, 2023 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ 

April 17-20, 2023 22nd Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) and 6th European Symposium on FUS (EUFUS) Joint Conference, Lyon, France 
| ​​​​​Abstracts are due December 15. ​​​​​​

April 23-27, 2023 38th Annual Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) Meeting, San Diego, CA | Abstracts are due December 31. ​​​​​​