Michael J Fox Foundation Awards Grant for Parkinson’s Study


The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was recently awarded a $600,000 grant by The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund a pilot study of focused ultrasound for the treatment of dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease.  The study will investigate the feasibility, safety and preliminary effectiveness of focused ultrasound as a non-invasive method to destroy a small volume of targeted tissue in the brain to improve motor symptoms and reduce the involuntary movements (dyskinesia) faced by Parkinson’s patients.

This news story features interviews with Matt Eames, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Director of Extramural Research and Pamela Minetti, Director of Development.

Please note that while the reporter says focused ultrasound has been used for years to treat cancer, the only cancer-related treatment currently approved in the US is for bone pain associated with cancer metastasis.  Focused ultrasound is approved in different parts of the world for other cancers.

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