The NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative recently featured funded projects impacting the opioid crisis. One such project is a preclinical study developing a novel device for focused ultrasound neuromodulation to relieve sickle cell disease pain. There are six HEAL projects that are using focused ultrasound to treat pain.
Hong Chen, PhD, and her team have designed and tested a low-cost 3D-printed transcranial focused ultrasound transducer for preclinical research. The transducer can be connected to a stereotactic head frame and used at three frequencies. Laboratories can print their own device for approximately $80 in materials.
Thomas O. Ryder, an investor, entrepreneur, and retired corporate executive, was elected to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s Board of Directors at their March 1 meeting. Ryder has served as Chairman and CEO of the Reader’s Digest Association and President of American Express’s Travel Related Services International, Merchant Services Worldwide, and American Express Publishing Worldwide divisions. He has experience in the publishing industry, having worked at Time Inc., CBS, and Education Today Company, Inc. where he was co-founder and CEO. Ryder has also served on numerous boards, including at Amazon for 20 years, during which time he was audit committee chairman and the first lead independent director. Other previous board appointments have included Starwood Hotels, RPX Corporation, Startek Corp, American Express International Bank, and Virgin Mobile – where he was Chairman. He is also a prolific writer on the subjects of food and wine. “Tom brings his unsurpassed skills and experience to the Foundation’s leadership team,” said Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD. “He will help to facilitate our efforts to overcome barriers and take advantage of opportunities to shorten the time for focused ultrasound to become a global standard of care.” Ryder is also an essential tremor patient who underwent focused ultrasound therapy for the disorder in 2021. “Focused ultrasound fixed a major problem I had with essential tremor and changed my life,” he explains. “I truly hope my tenure on the Foundation Board of Directors will give me the opportunity to share that miracle with others in similar need.” About the Focused Ultrasound Foundation The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is a unique medical research, education, and advocacy organization that was created to improve the lives of millions of people with a wide variety of serious medical disorders by accelerating the development and adoption of this revolutionary noninvasive technology. The Foundation works to clear the path to global adoption by coordinating and funding research, fostering collaboration, and building awareness among patients and professionals. For more information, visit www.fusfoundation.org.
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created in 2006 as a medical research, education, and advocacy organization to advance the development and widespread clinical adoption of focused ultrasound. Our mission has grown over these past 15 years, and advocacy is playing a much bigger role in how we advance the field. But what does advocacy entail? Broadly speaking, advocacy is communication and action in support of a cause or policy. For our community, this can mean broad support of focused ultrasound as an innovative and transformative treatment for patients or more specific support of policies that can break down barriers to widespread and equitable access to these treatments.
Michael Swann was diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer in 2009. After more than a decade of active surveillance, his cancer progressed, and he was urged to undergo a radical prostatectomy. Instead, Michael sought out one of the leading physicians using noninvasive focused ultrasound and it changed his life.
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