April 24, 2019

Focused ultrasound neuromodulation has been successfully used to affect the memory behavior of macaque monkeys, potentially bringing us one step closer to mapping the human brain.

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 Foundation News
Foundation Chairman Keynotes First Investor/Analyst Conference on Focused Ultrasound

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD, was the keynote speaker at Analyst & Investor Day, a first-of-its-kind gathering in the field of focused ultrasound.  

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Blog: Focused Ultrasound Comes of Age

The diffusion or adoption of a new therapeutic medical device technology occurs exponentially, and the field of focused ultrasound, which has been gathering momentum and growing at a rate that has vastly exceeded any of our expectations, is proving to be no exception. 

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Donor Profile: Sherry Sharp

Sherry Sharp founded the Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of her husband and supports research for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
 

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 Patient News
Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial Patients Featured in Baltimore Sun

A recent Baltimore Sun article includes interviews with two of the first patients in a clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat neuropathic pain.

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Research News
Clinical Trials Combine Focused Ultrasound with Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

A public-private collaboration in Lyon, France, is underway to develop an alternative therapy for standard prostate cancer treatment. 

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Meeting Report: American Association of Cancer Research 2019 Annual Meeting

Scientists and physicians from around the world convened at AACR 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, to learn about the latest discoveries across the spectrum of cancer research. 

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Meeting Report: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Neurological surgeons met in April for the 2019 AANS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California; the meeting’s theme was “The Science of Practice.”
 

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Society for Neuro-Oncology to Hold Inaugural Conference on Brain Metastases

The Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) will hold its first conference on brain metastases, providing an opportunity to share focused ultrasound work with others in the metastatic brain cancer community.

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Research Roundup

Researchers explored using focused ultrasound to precisely deliver drugs carried in nanoparticles as an alternative to current oncologic, neurologic, and cardiovascular therapies.

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Industry News
HistoSonics' Tech Attracts Health Care Heavyweights

Ann Arbor-based HistoSonics announced that it has closed on a venture capital funding round of $54 million for its focused ultrasound therapy (histotripsy), which destroys cancer tumors. The investment, led by two healthcare heavyweights – Varian Medical Systems and Johnson & Johnson Innovation – is believed to be the second-largest funding round for a medical device company in Michigan history.
 
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