October 15, 2020 - First Liver Tumor Trial Initiated in US – and more news…

October 15, 2020

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HistoSonics Initiates First Liver Tumor Clinical Trial in the US

Minnesota-based HistoSonics has received Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin its first clinical trial in the US. The study will be called #HOPE4LIVER. 

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Foundation News
Foundation Partners with BloodPAC to Advance Liquid Biopsy Technology

The Foundation has partnered with the Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BloodPAC) – a nonprofit consortium dedicated to advancing liquid biopsy research – to explore focused ultrasound’s potential in this burgeoning field.


Matthew Bucknor and Pejman Ghanouni Awarded Lockhart Memorial Prize

Matthew Bucknor, MD, and Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, received the 2020 Andrew J. Lockhart Memorial Prize and will share their research in an upcoming webinar.  


Alice W. Handy Joins Foundation’s Council

We welcome Alice W. Handy, a pioneer in institutional investing, to our Council, a group of passionate individuals who help build awareness and raise funds for focused ultrasound.  


Mark Carol, MD, Joins Focused Ultrasound Foundation Team

A neurosurgeon with over 30 years of experience in medical device services, Dr. Carol oversees the brain program and contributes to reimbursement and regulatory related activities.  


More Foundation News
Focus Feature: Reimbursement for Focused Ultrasound
Symposium News
Nir Lipsman Receives the 2020 Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award

Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC, a neurosurgeon and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and Sunnybrook Research Institute, will accept the award at the Symposium. 


Prostate Cancer Expert to Give Special Lecture at 2020 Symposium

Howard R. Soule, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, will present a special lecture at the meeting.


It’s Not Too Late to Register

Register now at no charge to participate in plenary sessions, dynamic panels, roundtable discussions, and more at the Foundation’s biennial Symposium.  

Patient News
Beating Breast Cancer: My Hope for Focused Ultrasound 

Suzanne LeBlang, MD, the Foundation’s Director of Clinical Relationships, shares her personal story of overcoming breast cancer and why she’s dedicated to advancing focused ultrasound research.  


Reimbursement from the Patient Perspective: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Two essential tremor patients share their stories of advocating for insurance reimbursement for their procedures, which occurred before nationwide Medicare coverage was established for the treatment.  


More Patient News
Essential Tremor
No Scalpel or Anesthesia: New Procedure Takes Pain Out of Brain Surgery in Charlotte | Charlotte Observer
Orange Coast Medical Center Offers New Treatment for Tremor | Patch
Rush Focused Ultrasound Program Changing Lives of Patients with Movement Disorders | Newswise
How Neuroscience Is Treating Neurological Disease with Sound Waves | BrainFacts
Medicine’s New Frontier: Neuroscience Tackles Some of the Most Delicate Cases in Healthcare | Baptist Health South Florida

Prostate Cancer
Advances in Ablation Help Treat Prostate Cancer | News8000
HIFU Prostate Services | Tampa Bay Morning Blend (video)
Innovative Prostate Cancer Treatment Helps Maintain High Quality of Life | WTKR CBS News (video)
Minimally Invasive Ultrasound Ablation Can Treat Prostate Cancer | Cancer Health
Research News
Isabelle Aubert, PhD, Awarded Canada Research Chair

Isabelle Aubert, PhD, Senior Scientist in Biological Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute, has been recognized with a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Brain Repair and Regeneration.  


Reflections on Pediatric Cancer Therapy, Precision Therapy, and Where Focused Ultrasound May Provide Benefit

In this blog, Karun Sharma, MD, PhD, and AeRang Kim, MD, PhD, of Children’s National Hospital discuss the potential benefits of focused ultrasound in the fight against pediatric cancer.


Meeting Report: Breast Cancer Alliance Symposium 

The Foundation recently helped sponsor Breast Cancer Alliance’s annual Medical Symposium: Hot Topics in Breast Cancer.


Cyprus Veterinary Team Receives €1M Focused Ultrasound Grant

Christakis Damianou, PhD, from the Cyprus University of Technology, was recently awarded a €1 million grant to develop an MR-guided focused ultrasound system for use in dogs and cats.


3rd Quarter 2020 Research Award

“Enhancing Neurogenesis by Focused Ultrasound,” is a newly funded study that will be led by Petr Tvrdik, PhD, at the University of Virginia. 


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More Research News
Millimeter-Precision Drug Delivery to the Brain | ETH Zurich
Erectile Function after Focal Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review | UroToday
Behind the Research: The Dr. Sandra Black Centre for Brain Resilience and Recovery | Sunnybrook Research Institute
Fractionated Heating Could Improve Cancer Therapy with Thermosensitive Drugs | Physics World
Focused Ultrasound Treatment Preserves Quality-of-Life for Prostate Cancer Patients | Physics World
Treatment-Resistant Depression Treated by MR-guided Focused Ultrasound | Business Korea
Local Researchers Cure Refractory Depression using Ultrasound Surgery | Korea Biomedical Review
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Other Forms of Neuromodulation for Substance Use Disorders: Review of Modalities and Implications for Treatment | MD Linx
HIFU Focal Ablation for PCa Offers Adequate Short-Term Cancer Control | Renal and Urology News
Industry News
Company Profile: Onda 

Named for the Latin word for wave, Onda develops technologies to measure ultrasound waves. Petrie Yam, Onda’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Operations, discusses how the company has been making a difference for 30 years.


Cardiawave Raises €8m for Aortic Stenosis Treatment

The French company will use the funding to improve its Valvosoft® device – a noninvasive therapy for aortic stenosis – and conduct more clinical trials in Europe and the US.


Insightec’s Maurice R. Ferré, MD, Named Florida Entrepreneur of the Year

Insightec’s Chairman and CEO, Maurice R. Ferré, MD, is a recipient of an Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Florida Award, recognizing unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders transforming our world.


More Industry News
Precision Technology Transforms the Way Leading Hospitals Diagnose and Treat Prostate Cancer | Onco’Zine
Foundation Hosts Webinar on Patent Strategy

One of the world’s most prolific inventors, Rick Hamilton, will explore best practices and common questions regarding patent strategy for business leaders.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 11:00am Eastern


2020 Lockhart Memorial Prize Winners to Share Research Highlights

Matthew Bucknor, MD, and Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD, will share their research in the field of focused ultrasound.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 11:00am Eastern


ISTU Webinar on Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation

Wynn Legon, PhD, will discuss “Human Applications of Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Neuromodulation” in the latest webinar by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU).

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 11:00am Eastern


Recent Webinar Recordings
“Ultrasound Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption in Neuro-Oncology” | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the Society for Neuro-Oncology
“THERESA Study - First in Human Experience with Histotripsy in the Treatment of Solid Liver Lesions” | Hosted by HistoSonics
"Ultrasound Transducer Technology" | Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
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Upcoming Events
October 22, 2020 Human Applications of Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Neuromodulation | WEBINAR

October 27, 2020 Patent Strategy for Business Leaders | WEBINAR

October 30, 2020 Neuro-Oncology Brain Tumors Symposium 2020 | virtual event 

October 31, 2020 Korean Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound | Gyeongju, Korea  

November 5, 2020 2020 Lockhart Memorial Prize Winners: Research Highlights | WEBINAR

November 9–13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound | virtual event

November 17–18, 2020 IBD INNOVATE: Product Development for Crohn’s & Colitis™ | virtual event

November 19–21, 2020 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) 25th Annual Meeting | virtual event

November 29 – December 5, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting | virtual event