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March 25, 2021


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Focused Ultrasound–Enhanced Blood Test for Brain Tumors: World-First Results Published
  • Liquid biopsy is a blood test used to diagnose and monitor treatment of brain tumors.
  • Nine patients with glioblastoma (GBM) underwent liquid biopsy before and after focused ultrasound treatment that disrupted the blood-brain barrier to enhance chemotherapy delivery.
  • This first-in-human study – recently published in Neuro-Oncology – found focused ultrasound enriched the amount of circulating brain tumor biomarkers in the peripheral blood.
  • The results suggest that focused ultrasound could reduce the need for invasive brain tumor biopsies and allow better monitoring of GBM treatment responses. 
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Foundation News
Leading Authority on Brain Tumors Joins Foundation
  • Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, has joined the Foundation as the Senior Advisor for Brain Tumor Research.
  • He will help define the Foundation’s strategy for brain tumor research, engage in Foundation-initiated research, and interface with medical societies.
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Register Now for Two Webinars Featuring Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer REGISTER: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN BIO > 
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Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology  
  • The Fellowship fosters early-stage investigators in the field of focused ultrasound in immuno-oncology.
  • The award will provide a one-year stipend of $75,000.
  • Interested parties have until May 31 to apply.
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Research News
Focused Ultrasound for Opioid Use Disorder: First Patient Treated in New Trial
  • Researchers at West Virginia University have begun a first-in-the-world clinical trial investigating focused ultrasound to address opioid use disorder.
  • The trial aims to reduce patients’ substance cravings and addictive behaviors. 
  • COVID-19 has intensified the addiction crisis, and researchers hope to be able to offer patients a new treatment option.
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Focused Ultrasound for Blood-Brain Barrier Opening in Patients with Parkinson’s Dementia
  • Up to 80% of Parkinson’s disease patients experience problems with attention span and decision-making tasks.
  • Scientists in Madrid tested the safety of using focused ultrasound plus microbubbles to open the blood-brain barrier in these patients.
  • Early evidence suggests this method could deliver therapeutics to prevent or reduce cognitive symptoms.
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Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Reaches Deep Brain Structures
  • Researchers investigated whether low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) could reach and alter deep brain structures.
  • These brain circuits are responsible for important cognitive, sensory, and motor functions.
  • Bold signal and perfusion changes were observed in the targeted regions, and the results were published in Scientific Reports.
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More Research News
New Radiology Research Shows Promise for Focused Ultrasound Treatment of Alzheimer’s | Huntington Herald-Dispatch
MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Ablation Shows Promising Early Outcomes in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer | Cancer Network
Reprogramming the Brain to Enable Regeneration | University of Toronto
TGH Begins Trial of New Device Created to Destroy Tumors without Surgery | 83 Degrees Media
SickKids-Led Research Receives $23.3 Million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation | SickKids
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Develops Radiopharmaceutical to Support Innovative Clinical Trial | University of Toronto
Ultrasound Pulses Focused at Liver Help Treat Obesity in Mouse Models | New Atlas
Feinstein Institutes and GE Research Demonstrate Ultrasound Stimulation Reduces Obesity | Business Wire
Industry News
Two Upcoming Webinars will Focus on Impact of Profound Medical's Devices 
  • On April 1, Profound Medical will share how the TULSA-PRO system changed prostate care for one German clinic. 
  • The company also will host three physicians to highlight the flexibility of the Sonalleve system for pediatric benign and malignant tumors on May 12.
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More Industry News
Management of Recurrent Prostate Cancer after Focal Therapy | Urology Times
Histosonics Tests Sonic Beam Therapy for Liver Tumors | BioWorld
Profound Medical Announces the Appointment of Cynthia Lavoie to its Board of Directors | Globe Newswire
Profound Medical Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results | Globe Newswire
Webinars
Celebrating Women in Bio
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • The Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer, Jessica Foley, PhD, joins others to discuss opportunities and challenges for women scientists and business leaders.
  • Hosted by CvilleBioHub
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The Evolution of Prostate Care and Men's Health at the ALTA Klinik
  • Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm Eastern
  • Dr. Agron Lumiani will share how the TULSA-PRO system changed prostate care in his ALTA Klinik in Germany.
  • Hosted by Profound Medical
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Pediatric Neurology Applications of High and Low-Intensity Frequency Ultrasound
  • Friday, April 2, 2021, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • The presentation is the last of four virtual sessions in the 31st Annual Pediatric Neurology Update hosted by Children's National Hospital.
  • There is a $25 registration fee.
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Focused Ultrasound at the Tipping Point
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 12:00 pm Eastern
  • The Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer, Jessica Foley, PhD, will discuss the state of focused ultrasound research and future applications.
  • Hosted by Virginia Bio
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Recent Webinar Recordings
CNS Hot Topics & Expert Perspectives: Treatment of Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | Hosted by the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS) | The recording is available until June 2021. (2 hours 48 minutes)

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Upcoming Events
March 20-26, 2021 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting | VIRTUAL MEETING

March 30, 2021 Celebrating Women in Bio | WEBINAR

April 1, 2021 The Evolution of Prostate Care and Men's Health at the ALTA Klinik  | WEBINAR

April 2, 2021 31st Annual Pediatric Neurology Update: Applications of High and Low-Intensity Frequency Ultrasound (HIFU/LIFU)  | WEBINAR

April 8, 2021 Focused Ultrasound at the Tipping Point: State of the Field and Future Applications  | WEBINAR

April 10-13, 2021 European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING

April 11-14, 2021 American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting 2021 | VIRTUAL MEETING

May 12, 2021 A Flexible MRgHITU Platform for Precise and Incision-free Ablative Therapies | WEBINAR

June 6-9, 2021 International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) 2021Gyeongju, Korea 

June 8-10, 2021 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | VIRTUAL MEETING 

June 10-12, 2021 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Pediatric Conference, Washington, DC

June 17-18, 2021 1st HIFUture Symposium, Lyon, France

September 25-29, 2021 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2021, Lisbon, Portugal

 

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