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May 12, 2022

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Top News | Foundation News | Symposium News | Patient News
Research News | Industry NewsWebinarsEvents

 
 
UVA Health, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Partner to Create World’s First Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center
  • The Foundation and UVA Health have launched the Focused Ultrasound Cancer Immunotherapy Center, the world's first center dedicated to advancing a focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy treatment approach.
  • A central goal of the center is to better understand focused ultrasound's ability to improve a patient's immune response to cancer.
  • Three groundbreaking trials are already underway at UVA exploring focused ultrasound's impact on the immune response of patients with breast cancers and solid tumors.
READ MORE >
Foundation News
Watch Now: Webinar on Aging and Longevity
  • Age Wave Founder and CEO, Ken Dychtwald, PhD, addressed rising longevity and the important role that disruptive medical technology plays to the aging population and beyond.
WATCH THE RECORDING >

Register for Two Upcoming Webinars
  • Focused Ultrasound Pelvic Treatment: State of the Field for Prostate Cancer and Uterine Fibroids | May 16 at 7:00 pm Eastern | REGISTER NOW > 
     
  • LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence - A Five Year Perspective | May 17 at 11:00 am Eastern | REGISTER NOW >

In Memoriam: Yoav Medan, PhD
  • We are saddened to report that focused ultrasound pioneer Yoav Medan, PhD, passed away on April 30.
  • His spirit and dedication were unmatched, and his passing is a great loss for us all.
  • Dr. Medan will posthumously receive the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at Symposium 2022.
READ MORE >

Foundation Chairman Featured in Penn Gazette
  • Foundation chairman, former neurosurgeon, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine alumnus, Neal F. Kassell, MD, is featured in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
  • He discusses his early fascination with science and technology and the “aha! moment” when he realized the vast potential of focused ultrasound.
READ: “MAINTAINING FOCUS” >
Symposium News
Register Now for Symposium 2022
  • Join us this October at the world’s leading forum for sharing the latest translational and clinical advances in focused ultrasound.
  • We encourage you to join us in-person, but there is a virtual registration option and discounted student rates.
REGISTER NOW > 

Thomas Scully to Present Symposium Special Lecture on Reimbursement
  • Thomas Scully is a general partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the most active US private equity investor in healthcare.
  • He was formerly the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Mr. Scully will give a special lecture on reimbursement through the eyes of CMS at the Symposium.
READ MORE > 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus is Now Available
  • The Foundation welcomes organizations in the therapeutic ultrasound industry or related fields to support the Symposium.
  • The Prospectus outlines a variety of sponsor and exhibitor packages, as well as many advertising opportunities to increase your company’s visibility at the meeting.
SEE THE PROSPECTUS > 

More Symposium News
Abstract Deadline Approaching! | The deadline is Monday, May 16.
Apply Now for a Young Investigator Award | The deadline is Monday, May 16.
Submit Nominations for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award | The deadline is Monday, June 6.
Interested in receiving the latest Symposium news? Subscribe now!
Patient News
National Geographic: New Method Delivers Life-Saving Drugs to the Brain – Using Sound Waves
  • A recent National Geographic story is an in-depth look at focused ultrasound for drug delivery, blood-brain barrier opening, and more.
  • National Geographic has a circulation of 2.2 million and more than 27 million followers on Twitter.
READ MORE > 

More Patient News
Theraclion Announces 1,000th Treatment for Varicose Veins with SONOVEIN® | Yahoo!
New Treatment for Tremors: Cutting-Edge Brain Surgery with No Cutting | Oregon Health Sciences University
Lagos Centre Relieves 100 Women of Uterine Fibroid without Invasive Surgery | Lagos Post (Nigeria)
Erika | Varicose Veins Removal with Echotherapy | Patient Testimonial | Theraclion
Focused Ultrasound in Parkinson’s: A Conversation with Arjun Desai, MD | Parkinson’s News Today
Research News
Partial Histotripsy Ablation Induces Complete Tumor Regression in Liver Cancer
  • A research team led by Zhen Xu, PhD, recently published preclinical work investigating whether partial histotripsy ablation could result in complete tumor regression in a model of liver cancer.
  • The group also evaluated survival, immune response, and risk of metastases.
  • Histotripsy significantly improved survival and increased immune infiltration of the treated and untreated tumors.
READ MORE > 

Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (LIFUS) Neuromodulation for Epilepsy
  • LIFUS neuromodulation is a rapidly emerging technology being studied to treat neurologic and psychiatric disorders, including epilepsy.
  • The technique may be a promising treatment for epilepsy because it can reach the lateral cortex and deep brain structures.
  • A clinical trial at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is using LIFUS for serial treatments of the hippocampus in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.
READ MORE > 

Skin Cancer Clinical Trial Begins in Denmark
  • A clinical trial using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has begun in Denmark.
  • BCC is a common, rarely fatal type of skin cancer that is found in areas of the skin exposed to the sun.
  • Up to 40 participants will be treated with the TOOsonix System ONE-M HIFU device.
READ MORE > 

Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease Research Funding Available from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
  • The CDMRP recently listed several funding opportunities that may be of interest to the focused ultrasound community.
  • Up to $9 million is available for Parkinson’s research, and more than $1 million is available for rare cancer research in three grant programs.
READ MORE > 

Meeting Report: American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) 2022 Annual Meeting
  • The annual AIUM meeting was held March 12-16, in San Diego, CA.
  • Two scientific sessions featured recent focused ultrasound research.
READ MORE > 

More Research News
A Window to The Brain: Ultrasound Can Open the BBB Through a Polymer Plate | Physics World
Researchers Stimulate Blind Retinas Using Focused Ultrasound Technology | Tech Explore
Scientists Use New Ultrasound Tech to Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Insulin | India Times
Industry News
Company Profile: Tamura Corporation
  • Founded in 1924, Tamura Corporation is one of Japan’s oldest electronics companies.
  • It designs and manufactures piezoelectric ultrasound transducers for the focused ultrasound industry.
  • The company, known as the “King of Transformers,” is dedicated to driving innovation.
READ THE PROFILE >

More Industry News
Dr. Christopher Weight Discusses HIFU for Localized Prostate Cancer | Urology Times
Webinars
Focused Ultrasound Pelvic Treatment: State of the Field for Prostate Cancer and Uterine Fibroids
  • Monday, May 16 at 7:00 pm Eastern
  • Experts will discuss focused ultrasound vs. interventional radiology treatments for prostate cancer and uterine fibroids.
  • Hosted by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

LabTAU Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence (COE) - A Five Year Perspective
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Cyril Lafon, PhD, W. Apoutou N'DJIN, PhD, and Anne-Gaëlle Chaux, PhD, DDS
  • Hosted by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Dissecting the Brain with Sound and Magnets
  • Thursday, May 26 at 11:00 am Eastern
  • Featuring Charles F. Caskey, PhD, from Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
  • Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Recent Webinars & Podcasts
Decades with PD: “Ask Me Anything!” | Featuring Dr. Alice Lazzarini and three patients with Parkinson’s disease | Hosted by Rebecca Gilbert, MD, PhD, of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (50 minutes) 
Delivering Drugs to the Brain | Featuring Zhenpeng Qin, PhD, Olaf van Tellingen, PhD, Costas Arvanitis, PhD, and Graeme F. Woodworth, MD | Hosted by Drug Discovery News (2 hours and 50 minutes)
Sonobactericide for Treating Bacterial Infections | Featuring Klazina Kooiman, PhD, from Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (1 hour) 
Sound Power: Focused Ultrasound & the New Era of NeuroSonics in Neurosurgery | Hosted by the Seattle Science Foundation (48 minutes) 
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Upcoming Events
May 23-27, 2022 182nd Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Meeting, Denver, CO

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

June 11-16, 2022 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

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

August 14-19, 2022 Gordon Research Conference – In Vivo Ultrasound Imaging, Ventura, CA

October 10-13, 2022 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Venice, Italy

October 23-28, 2022 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, Bethesda, MD

December 8-11, 2022 International Symposium on Biomolecular Ultrasound and Sonogenetics (ISBUS), Pasadena, CA

 


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