October 2018 - Symposium 2018 Preview Issue

October 2018

Symposium 2018 Special Preview

On Sunday, leading clinicians and researchers will convene in Reston, Virginia, for the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound.

A few things to know before you go:
  • Nearly 250 presentations will feature the latest research in a wide range of preclinical and clinical uses of focused ultrasound across disciplines. See the program >
  • Social media users should share their experiences using the hashtag #FUSF2018.
  • The program includes keynotes and special lectures from AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro, and Openwater CEO Mary Lou Jepsen, PhD
  • The pioneering work of Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA and Narendra Sanghvi will be recognized with the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award and the Visionary Award, respectively.
Read on for more information about this groundbreaking meeting.

And, it’s not too late to join us. Register now or sign up to view the livestream.

Experience the Symposium from Anywhere via Livestream


The plenary sessions at the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will be livestreamed beginning Monday, October 22 at 8:00 am ET. You must sign up to view the livestream.

Please use the event program to select the presentations that you want to view. You can click a plenary category to reveal the speakers, abstracts, and timing for each presentation. 


Detailed Symposium Program Now Available

The Symposium’s program is now available. Highlights include: 

  • A dedicated brain day on Monday that covers movement disorders, psychiatric conditions, blood-brain barrier opening, and more
  • The Tuesday evening poster session that allows attendees to meet and discuss collaborative projects 
  • Lively panel discussions 
  • Insightful keynote speeches and special lectures from leading minds in medicine, technology, and innovation 

*If prompted to log in, you can opt to do so later and view the program immediately.  

Download the Symposium Mobile App Now


The app for the 2018 Symposium is now available. We encourage you to download it on your mobile device before you arrive, as it allows attendees to:

  • View the daily and weekly schedules
  • Flag sessions to create your personal itinerary
  • Browse a list of meeting attendees and message other participants
  • Download abstract content, located within the daily agenda
  • Post to a social feed using #FUSF2018 
  • See which sponsor and exhibitor booths you should visit, and much more

Thanks to INSIGHTEC for sponsoring this year's mobile app. 


Participate in Two Special Sessions at the Symposium

On Thursday, October 25, please consider sharing your data and experience during two special sessions. 

Do you have key focused ultrasound technology breakthroughs or gaps you’d like to highlight?

Do you have notable focused ultrasound clinical treatment successes or failures? An interesting case to provide insight to others in the community?

We are seeking Symposium attendees who would like to share two slides on either topic in a two-minute presentation. These sessions are scheduled back-to-back, starting Thursday at 8:20 am. To participate, please notify Jessica Foley of your interest by October 24.

Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA, to Receive the 2018 Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award

Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, will receive the 2018 Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award at the Symposium. The award was established in 2016 to honor the life of Ferenc Jolesz, a true pioneer in focused ultrasound. It is intended to recognize and encourage this same innovative spirit in mid-career researchers and clinicians who continue to advance focused ultrasound. 


Narendra Sanghvi Selected for 2018 Visionary Award


Focused ultrasound technology pioneer and entrepreneur Narendra (Naren) Sanghvi will receive the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s 2018 Visionary Award. This honor, given every two years at our Symposium, recognizes an individual who has created a larger vision for what the future of focused ultrasound may hold and whose effort, passion, and persistence have been crucial to advancing the field. 


AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker Named Keynote Speaker for Symposium

On Wednesday, October 24, Scott Whitaker, President and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), will address participants at the Symposium. A top healthcare advocate and policy expert, Whitaker will discuss the benefits of technology in medicine – including focused ultrasound – for improving the lives of patients and for society in general, as well as current challenges and obstacles facing the industry during an onstage interview.


Technology Innovator Gary Shapiro to Deliver Keynote Address

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, which annually produces CES®, the global stage for innovation, will deliver a keynote address at the Symposium on Tuesday, October 23. Shapiro will discuss the importance of innovation at the intersection of technology, business, and healthcare.  


Inventor and Technology Visionary Mary Lou Jepsen to Give Special Lecture 

Mary Lou Jepsen, PhD, CEO and founder of Openwater, will give a special lecture on Thursday, October 25 at the Symposium. Jepsen will pull from her three-decade career in technology development and production for her lecture entitled “Can a Consumer Electronics Wearable Leapfrog MR and Ultrasound Imaging and Revolutionize Focused Ultrasound Therapy?” 


Meet the Moderators


This year’s Symposium will include an impressive group of leaders in the field who will moderate presentations and discussions on their areas of expertise. The list of 37 moderators includes international representatives from 29 organizations within academia, industry, and government. 


Young Investigator Award Recipients Named


The 12 scientists who have been selected for this year’s Young Investigator Awards will present their research during the Symposium. At the reception on Tuesday evening, young investigators will also have the opportunity to highlight their work and discuss their projects with colleagues. The winners, along with the titles of their abstracts, are available on our website.

Thank you to all who applied for a 2018 Young Investigator Award!


Global Intern Awarded Top Prize



Receiving the highest peer-reviewed rating among submissions from the Foundation's 2017 and 2018 Global Interns, Brooke Ma’s abstract, entitled “Effects of focused ultrasound on delivery of intranasal GDNF DNA nanoparticles to the rat brain” earned her travel support to attend and present her work at the Symposium.

In all, 38 students took part in the Foundation's global internship program – where students from all over the world work under the direction of an academic researcher or industry mentor – over the past two years. Fourteen of them will present work at the Symposium. 

Online Briefing for Media and Advocacy Groups



On Monday, October 22, The Foundation is hosting a briefing for media, patient advocacy groups, government officials, and others. Researchers and clinicians will highlight breakthrough advances in the use of focused ultrasound in cancer immunotherapy and for opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB). 

The speakers slated for the event include:

  • David Brenin, MD, University of Virginia
  • Katherine Ferrara, PhD, Stanford University
  • Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Nathan McDannold, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, Cancer Research Institute

Q&A sessions will follow presentations on each of the topics. 


Open Invitation: Two Onsite Breakout Meetings

All are invited to attend two breakout meetings that will occur at the Symposium. 

Piezoelectric Materials and Devices
Hosted by Meggitt A/S, this meeting is targeted to a wide variety of end users of piezoelectric materials and devices, engineers, and scientists. Participants will discuss the applications of piezoelectric materials as well as emerging technologies and challenges. 
When & Where: Sunday, October 21, 1:00–5:00 pm at the Symposium venue
Interested? Learn more here and RSVP to konstantin.astafiev@meggitt.com  

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Veterinary Program 
Are you interested in veterinary applications of focused ultrasound? We will be holding a meeting to identify researchers who are active in this area or interested in getting involved. 
When & Where: Wednesday, October 24, 1:00–2:00 pm in the Lake Anne A Room, Symposium venue
Interested? RSVP to Kelsie Timbie at ktimbie@fusfoundation.org

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

The Foundation thanks the organizations that have signed on to sponsor or exhibit at the 2018 meeting. We encourage attendees to visit the booths on display in the exhibit area and get to know the wide variety of companies. 

Final Details: Conference Venue, Hotel, and Ground Transportation

The 6th International Focused Ultrasound Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. The meeting rooms are attached to the hotel. 

Registration begins on Sunday, October 21, at 4:00 pm on the second floor of the hotel, directly above the atrium.

Wiehle-Reston East (Silver Line) is 1.6 miles from the hotel. Guests needing transportation to/from the Metro Station may take the Fairfax Connector Bus #505 which picks up and drops off behind the hotel for $1.75. The Symposium website has additional information for ground transportation and travel as well as information about the area.


It's Not Too Late: Register Now for the Symposium

Make plans now to join us October 21-25 in Reston, Virginia. Register now for the full conference or choose from our daily rate options. Discounts are also available for students and federal government employees.