October 20, 2022 - Symposium 2022 Preview Issue

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October 20, 2022
Symposium 2022 Preview: What to Know Before You Go

On Sunday, clinicians, researchers, industry representatives, and other stakeholders will convene both online and in Bethesda, Maryland, for the 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. Don't miss the following meeting highlights: Read on for more information about this groundbreaking meeting. And, it’s not too late to join us. Register now to attend virtually!

Final Symposium Program Now Available

The detailed program is now available. Highlights include: 
  • One and a half days dedicated to brain content
  • Daily commercialization topics and guest speakers 
  • Evening networking receptions following the formal program
  • Lively panel discussions

Two Ways to Access Meeting Content: Virtual Platform and Mobile App
  • The virtual platform is most helpful to use before the live event and for all virtual attendees. 
  • The mobile app is best suited for participants at the live event. 
  • Only Symposium registrants can access the platform and the app. Register now!

Interact with Authors to Further Discussion
  • We encourage participants to engage with authors on the platform or the app to create a rich discussion.
  • In the mobile app menu, select the "On-Demand Presentations" icon and open an abstract by clicking "Details." Scroll to the far right to find the "Discuss" tab.
  • Also, be sure to clear the filter after each search. 
  • In the virtual platform menu, navigate to "On-Demand Presentations" and select a presentation. Below the video, you will find the "Discussion" tab.

Keynotes and Special Lecturers Will Address a Variety of Topics
Geoff Martha, chairman and CEO of Medtronic, will deliver a keynote address on Monday, October 24.
Bob Smith, senior vice president of gene therapy and rare disease, commercial strategy and innovation at Pfizer, Inc., will give a keynote address on Tuesday, October 25.
Danielle Carnival, PhD, White House Cancer Moonshot coordinator, will deliver a special lecture on Tuesday, October 25.
Thomas Scully, a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the most active US private equity investor in healthcare, will present a special lecture on Wednesday, October 26.

Five Pioneers in Focused Ultrasound Will be Recognized with Prestigious Awards
Yoav Medan, PhD, former vice president at Insightec, will posthumously receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gail ter Haar, PhD, DSc, a renowned expert in focused ultrasound and physics, has been selected for the Visionary Award.
Kobi Vortman, PhD, founder and vice chairman of the Board at Insightec, will be presented with the Commercialization Pathfinder Award.
Zhibiao Wang, MD, founder and chairman of Chongqing Medical, will receive the Clinical Adoption Award.
Graeme Woodworth, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award.

Record Number of Researchers Selected for Young Investigator Awards
  • Twenty early-career researchers were selected to receive Young Investigator Awards at Symposium 2022.
  • Verasonics, a leader in research ultrasound equipment, is sponsoring this year's awards.
  • The group will be recognized during a luncheon on Thursday, October 27.

Online Media Briefing Will Highlight Recent Milestones
  • On Monday, October 24, at noon Eastern, the Foundation will host a virtual media briefing featuring presentations from leading focused ultrasound researchers.
  • Topics will include cancer immunotherapy; neuromodulation for depression; and the treatment of pancreatic cancer, pediatric brain tumors, and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in fetal populations.

Submit Questions Now for FDA Town Hall Session
  • To enable more in-depth answers and critical discussion during the panel, FDA experts encourage Symposium participants to pose their questions in advance of the meeting.
  • The survey link below includes sample questions. 
  • All questions and answers will be posted online ahead of the meeting.

Foundation Experts Now Scheduling Individual Meetings at Symposium
  • Managing director and chief technology officer, Rick Hamilton, is scheduling individual sessions to discuss intellectual property and patent strategy.
  • Senior consultant, Mark Carol, MD, is available to help analyze the costs, payment, and profit for focused ultrasound procedures.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Foundation thanks the organizations that have agreed to sponsor or exhibit at the 2022 meeting. We encourage attendees to visit the booths on display in the exhibit area – both in-person and in the virtual exhibit hall – to get to know the wide variety of companies. 

Final Details: Conference Venue and Parking
  • The Symposium will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting rooms are attached to the hotel.
  • Onsite registration begins on Sunday, October 23, at 4:00 pm directly outside of the main ballrooms.
  • Complimentary parking is available in the garage. Tickets must be used to exit the garage and are available at the registration desk.