September 29, 2022 – Foundation’s Midyear Report Now Available – and more news…

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September 29, 2022

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Foundation’s Midyear Report Now Available
  • The newly released report highlights the Foundation’s achievements and progress in the field so far this year.
  • Don’t miss important updates on clinical trials as well as new initiatives to support cancer immunotherapy research and future leaders in the field.
  • The report also features a neuropathic pain patient story and a donor spotlight.
Foundation News
Whoopi Goldberg Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Whoopi Goldberg is a prolific artist, producer, and entrepreneur.
  • She has achieved the EGOT, meaning she is one of just 17 people to have won the Emmy, the Grammy, the Academy Award – or Oscar, and the Tony.
  • The Council is a dedicated group who provide advice and assist with raising funds and building awareness.

Register Now: Webinar on New Approaches with Immunotherapies and Breast Cancer
  • Join us October 6 at 11:00 am Eastern for “New Approaches with Immunotherapies and Breast Cancer.”
  • Learn how emerging immunotherapy research is providing hope to more effectively treat breast cancer.
  • The Foundation is partnering with Breast Cancer Alliance to host the event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Watch Now: Webinar on Focused Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • The Foundation recently partnered with USAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation to host a webinar in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day.
  • Sandra Black, MD, Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, and Insightec’s Arjun (JJ) Desai, MD, presented.
  • George Vradenburg, Chairman and Co-founder, USAgainstAlzheimer’s, also gave an introduction.
Symposium News
Graeme Woodworth, MD, Receives the 2022 Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award
  • Graeme Woodworth, MD, is a neurosurgeon and Director of the Brain Tumor Treatment & Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • The Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award was established in 2016 to honor the late pioneer in focused ultrasound.
  • Dr. Woodworth will accept the award at the Symposium and present his research on Monday, October 24.

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 special reception at the Symposium on Thursday, October 27.

Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended
  • The deadline to book a hotel room at the lowest rate has been extended until October 3.
  • Meeting attendees can book a room at the Symposium hotel for a reduced rate of $259 per night.
  • Join us at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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Patient News
Parkinson’s Patient Story: Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial Turns Skeptic into Advocate
  • Chuck’s Parkinson’s disease symptoms – including tremors and rigidity – disrupted his personal and professional life.
  • Although Chuck was excited to take part in a focused ultrasound clinical trial, his wife Maureen was hesitant.
  • Now, three months after the procedure, Chuck has resumed his work and hobbies and is preparing for his second focused ultrasound treatment.

More Patient News
WVXU: High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound a New Treatment Option for Men with Prostate Cancer | University of Cincinnati | Podcast (25 minutes)
Emory Healthcare First in Georgia to Offer Noninvasive Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Tremor | Emory University
Southend Survivor Launches National Campaign to Stop Over Treating Men for Prostate Cancer | Essex Magazine
Roach: High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Not Yet Standard for Cancer | New Castle News
Research News
Interim Report: Focused Ultrasound for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a rare condition that leads to an imbalanced blood exchange between twins in utero.
  • Current interventions are high-risk, invasive, and can lead to complications, including miscarriage and preterm delivery.
  • This report, by Professor Christoph Lees, MD, FRCOG, describes a UK clinical trial that is investigating focused ultrasound as a noninvasive solution for this condition.

Investigator Profile: Meaghan O’Reilly, PhD
  • For the past 13 years, Dr. Meaghan O’Reilly has been an integral part of Sunnybrook Research Institute’s dynamic Focused Ultrasound Research group.
  • Her research involves developing focused ultrasound–based therapies for brain and spinal cord disorders.
  • Ultimately, she wants to use the technology to treat conditions that affect the entire central nervous system.

Successfully Opening a Larger Volume of the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • In a preclinical study, researchers sought to determine the optimal method to use focused ultrasound and microbubbles to open a larger volume of the blood-brain barrier.
  • The research team also attempted to deliver an immune checkpoint inhibitor to the brainstem.
  • Ultimately, the group is working to develop the technology for treating brainstem tumors.

Cancer Moonshot Scholars Program Aims to Diversify R01 Grant Funding
  • The program, which is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), seeks to increase applications submitted by early-stage investigators from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
  • NCI has issued a funding opportunity announcement and is accepting applications until November 8.
  • The program is set to fund 45 new R01 grants over the next three years.

Webinar Recap: How to Access US Department of Defense Grants
  • Last week, the Foundation and G2G Consulting hosted a webinar on the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).
  • Participants learned how to apply for funding for focused ultrasound research projects.

Funding Opportunities for Early Career Researchers from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 
  • BWF aims to nurture a diverse group of scientists to improve human health through education.
  • Their Career Awards for Medical Scientists program provides $700,000 in awards over five years to early career researchers.
  • The deadline to apply for this program is October 4

More Research News
Essential Tremor Response to Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy | Physician’s Weekly
Industry News
EDAP TMS to Host Urology Expert Panel and Live Demonstration
  • On September 29 at 8:00 am Eastern, EDAP will host a urology expert panel and live Focal One® technology demonstration.
  • Those interested can participate in-person at the Langham Hotel in New York City or virtually.
  • EDAP’s Focal One device earned FDA clearance in 2018 for targeted ablation of prostate tissue.

Insightec Announces $200 Million Financing
  • Insightec has signed a credit facility for up to $200 million with affiliates of existing shareholders.
  • The company plans to use the funds to advance adoption of its existing platform for essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.
  • It will also expand research into other neurological conditions.

Best Practices for Patent Portfolio Impact – How to Patent
  • Rick Hamilton outlines best practices and strategies that companies should consider when patenting their intellectual property.
  • This is the second and final blog in his “Patent Strategy 101” series.
  • Read the first blog post: “Patent Strategy for Business Advantage.

More Industry News
HistoSonics Announces Published Results of Phase I Liver Tumor Trial | PR Newswire
SonALAsense Forges Ahead with First Patient Dosing for Devastating Childhood Brain Cancer | Business Wire
HIFU: A Breakthrough Prostate Cancer Procedure That Means Business | C-Suite Quarterly
Profound Medical to Participate in September Investor Conferences | Globe Newswire
New Approaches with Immunotherapies and Breast Cancer
  • Thursday, October 6 at 11:00am Eastern
  • Learn how emerging immunotherapy research is providing hope to more effectively treat breast cancer
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Breast Cancer Alliance

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Focused Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Opening the Blood-Brain Barrier with Sound | Featuring Sandra Black, MD, Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, and Insightec’s Arjun (JJ) Desai, MD | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, and the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (1 hour 14 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
October 10-13, 2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Venice, Italy and VIRTUAL

October 13-15, 2022 Veterinary Cancer Society Annual Conference 2022, Norfolk, VA

October 23-27, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD and VIRTUAL | Important Date Change

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 | Abstracts are due October 13.