September 30, 2021 - Patient’s Pain Relieved by Focused Ultrasound - and more news

September 30, 2021

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Meet Terri: Patient’s Pain Relieved by Focused Ultrasound
  • In 2016, Terri was diagnosed with neuropathic pain, which forced her to quit her job and made simple tasks like sitting, walking, and playing with her dogs unbearable.
  • Neuropathic pain is very complex and can result in dysfunctional pain signals being processed in the brain.
  • Terri participated in a focused ultrasound clinical trial* at the University of Maryland in fall 2020 and says the treatment “was like a miracle.”

*The clinical trial that Terri participated in has since finished enrolling patients.
Foundation News
Watch Now: John Grisham and Neal Kassell, MD, Participate in Geschke Lecture Series
  • Foundation Board member, John Grisham, and Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD, discussed focused ultrasound as part of the Geschke Lecture Series.
  • The discussion was moderated by Foundation Council member Jane Metcalfe.
  • The event has reached an estimated 200,000 people in large part thanks to social media sharing. 

Foundation and CRI Host Cancer Immunotherapy Workshop
  • The Foundation partnered with the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) to host a virtual workshop to discuss recent advances in focused ultrasound for cancer immunotherapy.
  • Video recordings of the presentations are now available.
  • A summary of the workshop will be published soon.

Workshop Series: Bubble Activity in Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Speaker details are now available for the next two workshops in the “Detecting, Mapping, and Quantifying Bubble Activity in Therapeutic Ultrasound” virtual series.
  • Registrants can watch previous workshop recordings in the online portal.
  • Join us every Friday until October 29 at 10:00 am Eastern.

In Memoriam: Aaron Stern, MD, PhD
  • We recently lost a devoted supporter and friend, Dr. Aaron Stern.
  • Dr. Stern joined the Foundation’s Council in 2012 and served until his passing earlier this year.
Patient News
University of Washington to Offer HIFU for Prostate Cancer Patients
  • Prostate cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest will soon have access a new, noninvasive treatment option.
  • The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle will implement EDAP’s Focal One HIFU device.
  • In 2018, the Focal One device earned US FDA approval for the ablation of prostate tissue.  
More Patient News
Going Steady: Patients in Fountain Valley Benefit from New Tremor Treatment | Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot
HIFU Treatment that Preserves Women's Fertility Now Available in Malaysia | The Sun Daily
Focused Ultrasound Helps Eliminate Essential Tremor Condition in Patients | Kansas City Business Journal
Ramona Woman Sees Big Improvement to Hand Tremors after Incisionless Brain Surgery | Ramona Sentinel
Research News
Glioblastoma Clinical Trial: Initial Results Presented
  • Researchers are investigating focused ultrasound-activated sonodynamic therapy to treat patients with recurrent glioblastoma.
  • The team presented early results after dosing 3 of the 30 patients and noted the method was well-tolerated and safe.  
  • The trial is ongoing at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.  

Johns Hopkins and Collaborators Create Medical Device Design and Innovation Laboratories
  • Three new innovation laboratories are focused on bringing together the worlds of ultrasound and spinal cord injury.
  • The sites are called HEPIUS (Holistic Electrical, ultrasonic and Physiological Interventions Unburdening those with Spinal cord injury) after the Greek god of medicine and healing.

Focused Ultrasound—Induced Blood-Brain Barrier Opening for Patients with Glioma is Safe, Controlled, and Monitorable
  • A group of researchers analyzed MRI, histology, and harmonic dose data to determine that the use of microbubbles and focused ultrasound was safe for opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in patients with infiltrating gliomas.
  • Data from the Phase 0 trial showed a significant, 2.2-fold increase of fluorescein accumulation in tumor tissues that were treated with microbubbles and focused ultrasound.

Meeting Report: Society for Neuro-Oncology Brain Metastases Conference
  • The 3rd Annual Conference on Brain Metastases was held virtually August 19–20, 2021.
  • Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, presented data from his recently completed metastatic breast cancer treatment study. 
  • The meeting included live presentations, prerecorded abstract presentations, and an electronic poster session.

Three Focused Ultrasound Researchers Earn Prestigious Awards SEND US IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD > 

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More Research News
Liquid Biopsy: Changing How We Treat Cancer | Future of Personal Health & USA Today
Focused Ultrasound Breakthroughs from the Summer of 2021 | Newswise
First UK Patients Treated for Liver Cancer Using Ultrasound Technology | National Health Executive
Bradford Woman has Cancer Treated with New Treatment | Telegraph & Argus
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound: A Novel Non-Invasive Cancer Treatment | Technology Network
Dr. Ehdaie Weighs in on Focal Therapy with MRgFUS for GG2/3 Prostate Cancer | Urology Times
MR-Guided Focal Therapy Emerges as Alternative to Radical Therapy for Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer | Urology Times
Industry News
Theraclion Announces Approval of First US Clinical Trial
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Theraclion’s first US trial to noninvasively address varicose veins using their SONOVEIN device. 
  • The trial will be conducted in New Jersey by Steve Elias, MD, Nicos Labropoulos, MD, and Antonios Gasparis, MD.
  • If successful, Theraclion will conduct a pivotal study for FDA review for market authorization.

Researchers Seek Industry Partner for Advancing Focused Ultrasound Device for Breast Cancer
  • Researchers at Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes have developed a focused ultrasound prototype for breast cancer.  
  • The device was designed to reduce treatment times and risks.
  • The team is seeking partners to assist in making the system widely available to patients.
Nonlinear HIFU: Modeling, Sources, and Bioeffects
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Vera A. Khokhlova from the University of Washington
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound

Detecting, Mapping, and Quantifying Bubble Activity in Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Every Friday, September 24 – October 29, 2021, at 10:00 am Eastern
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's Future Fund

Recent Webinar Recordings
Ultrasound as a Remote Control for Cellular Therapy | Mikhail Shapiro, PhD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour 2 minutes)
Curing With Sound | John Grisham and Neal F. Kassell, MD | Hosted by the Nantucket Atheneum’s Geschke Lecture Series (1 hour)

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