On February 1, 2013, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Chairman Neal Kassell, MD briefed members of the Allied Health Caucus, a bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers who meet weekly to discuss health issues. Kassell opened his remarks with an overview of focused ultrasound technology and of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. He then provided a status report for the University of Virginia (UVA) Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence, a facility funded by a public/private partnership involving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Foundation, UVA and device-maker InSightec Ltd.
Kassell said that the UVA Center, which was dedicated in September 2009, has quickly distinguished itself as a leading focused ultrasound research site and offered the following summary:
● 60+ clinicians and scientists from 12 UVA departments
● Preclinical studies: brain, liver, arthritis
● Clinical trials: Essential Tremor (1st in world study)
and Parkinson’s disease (1st in U.S. study)
|● $5.9 million received|
● $20.6 million pending
|● 13 publications by 31 unique authors from seven different departments|
Other Success Indicators
Image shows Del. David Toscano, Del. Rosalyn Dance, Neal Kassell, MD and Del. T. Scott Garrett.