– The Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) have established a partnership to advance innovative, noninvasive treatments in pediatrics. For more than 15 years, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the development and adoption of focused ultrasound. Likewise, for over 40 years, CTF has been a leader in driving research, expanding knowledge, and advancing care for the neurofibromatosis community.
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a rule that – if approved – would increase the reimbursement that treatment sites receive for performing focused ultrasound for the prostate. Two HIFU manufacturers – EDAP and Sonablate Corp. – publicly support the proposed rule. The comment period closes in September, and the Foundation encourages those in the field to voice their support.
On Tuesday, July 26, the Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss open science and share tools and resources with researchers in our field.Foundation staff was joined by David Mellor, PhD, from the Center for Open Science, and Holly Smith, MBA, PMP, and Jon McDunn, PhD, from Project Data Sphere. Topics included open-access data sharing platforms and the cornerstones of open science policy. Attendees also learned about the Foundation’s open science initiatives and a number of platforms and resources they can use today to improve the accessibility of their research and data. Panelists David Mellor, PhDDirector of Policy Initiatives, Center for Open Science David Mellor, PhD, leads the policy and incentive programs at the Center for Open Science. These seek to reward increased transparency and reduced bias in scientific research and are outlined in the Center’s Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines. These programs incentivize data sharing, study registration, and replication research. David received his PhD from Rutgers University and his research background is in behavioral ecology and citizen science. Jon McDunn, PhDExecutive Director, External Control Arm Program and Business Development, Project Data Sphere Jon McDunn, PhD, is the Executive Director of the External Control Arm (ECA) Program and Business Development at Project Data Sphere, an independent initiative of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer focused on fighting cancer through open-access data sharing and oncology-focused research program initiatives. The ECA program is a collaborative effort of clinicians, trialists, biostatisticians, and data scientists to use existing clinical data to accelerate and strengthen evidence generation in clinical development. Jon is also the scientific and technical lead for strategic alliances and business development. In this capacity, he scouts and evaluates collaborative opportunities with new and existing partners. Holly Smith, MBA, PMPDirector, Data Sharing Products & Platform, Project Data Sphere Holly Smith is the Director of Technology at CEO RT and leads Project Data Sphere’s (PDS) data sharing platform and collaborative research space. Holly has led several initiatives to PDS’ open access platform in partnership with SAS Institute to enable a more intuitive research and analytics environment along with demonstration projects incorporating dynamic visualizations to facilitate advancements of PDS led research. Holly has a background in mechanical engineering and has been leading complex technology and IT data centric initiatives since 2010.
A recent National Geographic story is an in-depth look at focused ultrasound for drug delivery, blood-brain barrier opening, and more. National Geographic has a circulation of 2.2 million and more than 27 million followers on Twitter.
UVA Health and the Charlottesville-based Focused Ultrasound Foundation today announced the launch of the Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center, the world’s first center dedicated specifically to advancing a focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy treatment approach that could revolutionize 21st-century cancer care.
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