Outlook 2013: Advances in brain treatments are a bellwether for focused ultrasound's future
Illustration of a focused ultrasound brain treatment
The pipeline for clinical studies using focused ultrasound to treat brain conditions is more robust than ever. Neal Kassell, MD, a neurosurgeon and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation says this is key to his positive 2013 outlook for the field of focused ultrasound. Read more >
Foundation reports 2012 highlights
By all standards, 2012 was a busy and productive year for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. From funding research and building awareness to convening the 3rd International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound and fostering collaborations among researchers, the Foundation's activities had a larger-than-ever impact on the field of focused ultrasound and its many stakeholder groups. Read more >
Research Awards Program funding clinical trial for knee osteoarthritis
Motohiro Kawasaki, MD, PhD
Motohiro Kawasaki, MD, PhD and his colleagues at Kochi Medical School in Japan have received $100,000 from the Focused Ultrasound Foundation's Research Awards Program to determine if treatment with MR-guided focused ultrasound is safe and effective in alleviating pain and improving mobility for elderly patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Read more >
2012 Symposium Event Summary now online
A special report is now available online for anyone who missed all or part of the 3rd International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound and would like to quickly get up to speed. The Focused Ultrasound Foundation's 2012 Symposium Event Summary presents a synopsis of scientific session presentations and spotlights our 2012 Young Investigator Award recipients and meeting sponsors. Read summary >
Focused ultrasound is topic of awareness events in Florida
Neal Kassell, MD (left) spoke at Florida awareness events organized by Foundation Council member Kitchie Tolleson (right).
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation kicked-off its 2013 awareness-building activities in January with events in Florida featuring talks by Chairman Neal Kassell, MD. Organized by Foundation Council member Kitchie Tolleson, the events drew more than 150 people and included dinners at the Gulf Stream Bath and Tennis Club and at the Gulf Stream Golf Club. Also in attendance was Foundation Council member Jack Syer.
Clinical trial is evaluating Theraclion's ultrasound-guided device in treating bone tumor pain
Theraclion's new clinical trial is using the EchoPulse system to treat bone tumor pain.
Although it is a small start-up company, French device maker Theraclion continues to break important ground for therapeutic ultrasound. The company's latest first is the launch of a clinical trial using ultrasound-guided focused ultrasound to treat pain associated with metastatic bone tumors. Underway at the Institut Gustave-Roussy, the study is expected to treat 10 patients using Theraclion's mobile EchoPulse System. Read more >
Information about InSightec's Parkinson's disease clinical trial posted online
The ExAblate Neuro is now treating patients in the Parkinsonian tremor study.
In memoriam: focused ultrasound pioneer, George Holland, MD
George A. Holland, MD
Colleagues in the focused ultrasound community are grieving the loss of George A. Holland, MD, a leading American interventional radiologist who was an expert in magnetic resonance imaging and minimally invasive treatment of solid organ tumors. As Director of MRI at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, Holland helped pioneer the use of focused ultrasound in treating uterine fibroids and was first to manually interleave treatment spots, a technique that is now a standard of care. Read more >
Therapeutic Ultrasound Winter School, Des Houches, France Topics will range from an introduction to the physics and biophysics necessary to understand therapeutic ultrasound techniques to their clinical application. The school will provide a current overview of the field as a contextual background for the work of participants and encourage discussion and shared consideration of different approaches to understanding ultrasound therapy.
Session organizers: Gail ter Haar, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK Vera Khokhlova, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia Mathieu Pernot, Institut Langevin, Paris, France Jean-François Aubry, ESPCI, Paris, France
STM 2013 will cover all areas of thermal medicine and place added emphasis on focused ultrasound- based thermal therapies. Keynote speakers include Kullervo Hynynen, PhD (University of Toronto), Bradford Wood, MD (NIH) and Amato Giaccia, MD (Stanford University).
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