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July 8, 2021


IN THIS ISSUE
Top News | Foundation News | Patient NewsResearch News
Industry News | WebinarsEvents

 
 
New Clinical Trial of Focused Ultrasound–Enhanced Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer
  • The University of Oxford has begun a Phase I study investigating heat-activated chemotherapy triggered by focused ultrasound in patients with pancreatic cancer.
  • The PanDox study uses Celsion Corporation’s ThermoDox® – a proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.
  • Researchers will compare ThermoDox plus focused ultrasound to enhance delivery of the drug in unresectable pancreatic tumors versus systemic delivery of free doxorubicin.
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First-in-Human Trial of Focused Ultrasound for Pediatric Brain Cancer Now Recruiting Patients
  • Researchers at Columbia University are seeking patients for a clinical trial using focused ultrasound to facilitate the delivery of chemotherapy to progressive diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPGs).
  • DIPGs are a malignant type of brain tumor that affect children around the age of five.
  • The study uses a novel neuro-navigational device designed and tested at Columbia.
READ MORE > 
Foundation News
Watch Now: Two Webinars on Emerging Topics in Focused Ultrasound
  • Cancer Immunotherapy: Leaders from the Foundation, Cancer Research Institute, and Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy discussed cancer immunotherapy and focused ultrasound’s potential role. WATCH NOW >
  • Varicose Veins: The Foundation’s FUS Partners Program and Theraclion hosted a webinar on focused ultrasound for the treatment of varicose veins. WATCH NOW >

Carolyn Yeh Joins Foundation’s Council
  • Carolyn Yeh is a tremendous champion of focused ultrasound in Hong Kong.
  • The Council provides strategic advice, assists with raising funds, and builds awareness.
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Donor Profile: Katie and Todd Boehly
  • A family health condition led the Boehlys to learn of the Foundation and the promise of focused ultrasound.
  • They decided to get involved to help make focused ultrasound available to countless patients.
READ THE PROFILE > 
Patient News
Prostate Cancer Patient Advocates for Focused Ultrasound
  • Tim McConnell received focused ultrasound therapy for his prostate cancer in August 2020.
  • He shares the importance of being your own advocate for your health.  
READ THE ARTICLE > 

More Patient News
Dad on Road to Recovery after Ultrasound Therapy for Prostate Cancer | WZZM13
New Surgery at Miami Valley Helps Reduce Hand Tremors | Dayton Daily News
Neurological Surgery Chair Envisions Building on UTSW’s Clinical, Research Strengths to Advance Treatment | University of Texas Southwestern
UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is the First Hospital in Central Florida to Offer Incisionless Brain Surgery as Advanced Treatment for Essential Tremor | Cision PR Newswire
Research News
Investigator Profile: Mikhail Shapiro, PhD, at Caltech
  • Dr. Shapiro’s work combines the physical interactions of ultrasound with synthetic biology – the field of science that redesigns organisms for useful purposes.
  • At Caltech, he leads a 28-person research laboratory dedicated to ultrasound imaging and focused ultrasound.  
READ THE PROFILE >

Optimizing Focused Ultrasound Capsulotomy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • An international group of neuroscientists investigated the relationship between lesion location and long-term outcome in OCD patients treated with focused ultrasound capsulotomy.
  • Lesioning an area in the dorsal anterior limb of the internal capsule produced successful, long-term symptom relief.
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Simultaneous Measurement of Temperature and Tissue Mechanical Properties during Focused Ultrasound
  • A new ultrasound pulse sequence can simultaneously evaluate the contributions of thermal and mechanical effects on tissue caused by focused ultrasound.
  • The sequence uses both thermal strain imaging and harmonic motion imaging.
  • Several focused ultrasound applications may find this technology useful.
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Veterinary Applications of Focused Ultrasound for Solid Tissue Tumors and their Metastases
  • Veterinary researchers at Virginia Tech have written a comprehensive review of using focused ultrasound to treat solid tumor cancers and their metastases.
  • Treatment techniques discussed include thermal ablation, histotripsy, and the immune effects of focused ultrasound.  
  • The group describes basic principles and suggests future clinical applications in veterinary oncology.
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Florida Government Invests in Focused Ultrasound Alzheimer’s Research
  • Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced a $12 million funding increase in the state budget for Alzheimer's disease projects, $4.5 million of which is dedicated to focused ultrasound research.
  • The state will advance research, provide enhanced care and support, and improve and expand diagnostic services.
READ MORE > 

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More Research News
Scientists Are Harnessing Sound Waves in Hopes of Treating Alzheimer’s | Leaps
UVA Health Treats First Patient in Focused Ultrasound Trial for Brain Tumors | NBC 29 Charlottesville, VA [video]
Trial Testing Treating Glioblastoma Tumors with Focused Ultrasound | CBS19 Charlottesville, VA
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute to Conduct Focused Ultrasound Research | WDBJ7 Roanoke, VA [video]
Possible Game Changer in the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety | WJAR10 Providence, RI [video]
Transdisciplinary Collaborations Essential to Tackling Cancer | Virginia Tech
My Lab Uses Ultrasound to Stimulate Unconscious Patients | Nautilus
Industry News
SonaCare Medical Announces $70 Million Investment and Sales Distribution Agreement in Merger 
  • As part of the investment, SonaCare Medical has merged into a new company called Sonablate Corp.
  • The company's Sonablate device received FDA clearance in October 2015 for the ablation of prostate tissue, and more than 70 US physicians now offer the treatment.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE > 

More Industry News
Theraclion Strengthens Its Board of Directors | BusinessWire
Webinars
Focused Ultrasound in the Brain: Clinical Applications and Technical Challenges in Japan
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Toshio Yamaguchi, MD, of Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Advances in the Immunotherapy for Gliomas
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 10:00 am Eastern
  • Presented by Peter Fecci, MD, PhD, and Michael Platten, MD
  • Hosted by the European Association of Neuro-Oncology
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Recent Webinar Recordings
Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy Fireside Chat | Jessica Foley, PhD, Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, and Theresa LaVallee, PhD | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (1 hour)
Noninvasive HIFU Treatment of Varicose Veins: European Experience and US Market Perspective | Dr. Steve Elias, Professor Mark Whiteley, Dr. Rubén Rodríguez Carvajal, Mr. David Caumartin, Dr. Michel Nuta | Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Theraclion (59 minutes)
Focused Ultrasound in Gynecology | Young-sun Kim, MD | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour 2 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
July 21, 2021 Laser Hyperthermia for CNS Disorders | WEBINAR ​​​​​

July 22, 2021 Focused Ultrasound in the Brain: Clinical Applications and Technical Challenges in Japan | WEBINAR ​​​​​

July 25-29, 2021 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting  | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

July 28, 2021 Advances in the Immunotherapy for Gliomas | WEBINAR ​​​​​

September 7-10, 2021 iTRUSST's 2nd Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation (FUN) Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 11-16, 2021 IEEE IUS International Ultrasonics Symposium 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

September 25-26, 2021 European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) Annual Meeting 2021| VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

September 25-28, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021| VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​

September 27-30, 2021 AdvaMed The Digital MedTech Conference 2021| Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN, and VIRTUAL 

October 4-5, 2021 IEEE Latin America Ultrasonics Symposium | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​| Abstract submission deadline is July 9.

October 15-16, 2021 2021 AANS/CNS Tumor Section Satellite Symposium, Austin, TX

November 18-21, 2021 26th Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, Boston, MA 

 

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