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February 24, 2022

IN THIS ISSUE
Top News | Foundation News | Patient NewsResearch News | WebinarsEvents
 
 
Congressional Briefing Urges Policymakers to Support Focused Ultrasound Research
  • On February 22, the Foundation hosted a virtual briefing for US Congressional leaders and their staff.
  • An expert panel discussed three key areas where government support for focused ultrasound could impact patients' lives.
  • In all, more than 300 participants registered for the event, and the recording is now available.
READ MORE >
Foundation News
Thomas A. Scully Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Mr. Scully is a general partner with the most active US private equity investor in healthcare.  
  • He was previously the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  
  • The Council provides strategic advice, assists with raising funds, and builds awareness.  
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The Role of Advocacy in Advancing the Field of Focused Ultrasound
  • In this blog post, the Foundation's managing director of government affairs, Jessica Foley, PhD, outlines the organization's advocacy strategy.   
  • The article includes a call to action for the focused ultrasound community to support key legislation in the near future. 
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Patient News
Swann’s Way – A Prostate Cancer Patient’s Journey to Focused Ultrasound
  • Michael Swann was diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer in 2009.
  • After a decade of active surveillance, his cancer progressed, and he was urged to undergo radical prostatectomy.
  • Instead, Michael sought out one of the leading physicians using noninvasive focused ultrasound, and it changed his life.
READ MICHAEL'S STORY > 

More Patient News
If I Needed Prostate Cancer Treatment, I Would Want HIFU | The Times
Research News
Investigator Profile: Noah Philip, MD
  • Noah Philip, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
  • He is researching focused ultrasound–based neuromodulation for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
  • Dr. Philip participated in the Foundation’s recent Congressional briefing.
READ MORE > 

Focused Ultrasound for Glioblastoma: Italian Clinical Trial is Latest in Global Research Effort
  • A clinical trial in Milan is assessing focused ultrasound–induced blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening to delay or prevent brain tumor recurrence.
  • Researchers are disrupting the BBB in patients with glioblastoma who are undergoing maintenance chemotherapy.
  • Similar studies are ongoing in the US, Canada, and Korea.
READ MORE > 

Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer: Favorable Midterm Results Published
  • Newly published clinical data show good results seven years after prostate cancer treatment with focused ultrasound.
  • The multisite study of 1,379 men in the UK with nonmetastatic prostate cancer was published in European Urology.
  • After seven years, all treated patients were metastasis-free, and none died from prostate cancer.
LEARN MORE > 

Children’s National Hospital Treats the Site’s First Pediatric Brain Patient
  • Children’s National Hospital (CNH) announced the site’s first focused ultrasound brain treatment on a pediatric patient with neurofibromatosis.
  • The treatment was part of a clinical trial funded by the Foundation.
  • CNH became the first pediatric Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence in 2020.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE > 
VIDEO: CNH USES FUS FOR BRAIN TUMORS > 

Foundation-Funded Pancreatic Cancer Study Gains Attention
  • A preclinical study used focused ultrasound plus immunotherapy to improve survival and increase the immune response in a model of pancreatic cancer.
  • The Foundation-funded study took place at the Institute of Cancer Research, which was named the second Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence in 2013.
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See media coverage from Medical Xpress, MDLinx, The Science Times, and Open Access Government.

Canadian Focused Ultrasound Team Awarded $125,000 Grant for ALS Research
  • Researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Alberta have received a $125,000 Discovery Grant from ALS Canada and Brain Canada.
  • The funding will help advance research for focused ultrasound delivery of promising new therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) directly to the brain.
READ MORE > 
Webinars
New Generation Nanobubbles: The Smaller the Better?
  • Friday, February 25, at 1:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Professor Katsuro Tachibana, MD, PhD
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Sonalleve, an Incision-Free Alternative for the Therapy of Adenomyosis and Uterine Fibroids
  • Wednesday, March 30, at 5:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Dr. Simon Hubertus, Dr. Kang Zhou, and Dr. Mathieu Lieberatore
  • Hosted by Profound Medical
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Recent Webinar Recordings
Focused Ultrasound Therapy: Improving Patient Care and Lowering Costs | Virtual Congressional briefing hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (59 minutes)
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Upcoming Events
March 2-6, 2022 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) | VIRTUAL EVENT 

March 12-16, 2022 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), San Diego, CA

April 28, 2022 Virginia Bio THRiVE, Roanoke, VA

May 1-4, 2022 Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL EVENT 

May 5, 2022 Focused Ultrasound Non-invasive Neurosurgery Congress (FUNNC-2022) | VIRTUAL EVENT 

June 7-10, 2022 21st Annual International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), Toronto, Canada and VIRTUAL

June 19-23, 2022 15th International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) Congress, Milan, Italy

July 10-14, 2022 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

 

 

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