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May 13, 2021


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Top News | Foundation News | Patient NewsResearch News
Industry News | WebinarsEvents

 
 
Bone Pain from Cancer: Multisite Comparative Clinical Trial of Focused Ultrasound Underway in Europe
  • A multicenter trial for alleviating pain from bone metastases in cancer patients is underway in four European countries.
  • In all, 216 patients will receive one of three proven treatments, including focused ultrasound.
  • All treatment centers and the Foundation partner in the FURTHER consortium
READ MORE > 
Foundation News
Foundation to Participate in Economic Club of Washington, DC’s Summer Internship Program READ MORE >

Op-Ed: CMS Must Provide Coverage for Breakthrough Medical Technologies
  • The Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) program would bridge the gap between FDA approval and Medicare coverage of treatments like focused ultrasound.
  • The Foundation and MITA strongly support the finalization of the MCIT program to bring medical innovations to patients. 
READ THE OP-ED > 

Driving Focused Ultrasound Into the Mainstream
  • The dialogue has shifted from “if” focused ultrasound will have a critical role in mainstream therapy to “when.”
  • Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, explains the progress that must be achieved in five key areas to reach this goal as soon as possible.
LEARN MORE > 

Foundation Intern Holds Women in Science Webinar
  • Intern Jackie Brenner held a two-day webinar series showcasing successful women in STEM.
  • One panel featured female leaders in focused ultrasound.
  • Jackie uses her Discord platform, STEMPotential, to foster an environment to educate and mentor those interested in STEM.
READ MORE > 

More Foundation News
Apply Now: Andrew J. Lockhart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Focused Ultrasound and Immuno-Oncology | The deadline to apply has been extended to June 15.
Patient News
Essential Tremor Treatment Now Covered by Commercial Insurance in the US
  • Aetna is the first national insurance payor to cover focused ultrasound for medication-refractory essential tremor (ET).
  • The treatment earned FDA approval in 2016 and already has nationwide Medicare coverage.
  • More than 60 treatment centers around the world offer focused ultrasound for ET. 
READ MORE > 
See media coverage: DOTmed Healthcare Business NewsRadiology Business

Violin Enthusiast with Parkinson’s Regains Hand Control with Focused Ultrasound
  • Rich Nagy underwent focused ultrasound therapy for Parkinson's disease in 2020.
  • He has since been able to resume his hobbies, including playing the violin and boxing.
READ HIS STORY > 

Fireside Chat on Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD, sat down virtually with two leading experts on Parkinson’s disease.
  • The group discussed focused ultrasound's role in treating – and perhaps reversing – the symptoms of the disease.
WATCH NOW > 

More Patient News
Advancing Treatments for Symptoms of Parkinson’s & Other Movement Disorders | Baptist Health South Florida
HIFU Prostate Services Making Life Better for Patients | WMBF News [video]
Research News
Article Explores Focused Ultrasound for Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a major cause of disabling back pain.
  • Focused ultrasound is being researched in preclinical studies and holds promise to help patients with DDD.  
  • The National Spine Health Foundation published an article on the topic by the Foundation’s Associate Chief Medical Officer.
READ THE ARTICLE >

Excitatory and Inhibitory Neuron Response to Transcranial Focused Ultrasound
  • Researchers investigated the mechanism behind low-intensity transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) neuromodulation.
  • They used various tFUS parameters in a preclinical model to create distinct effects in specific subpopulations of functional neurons.
READ MORE > 

Visit our free, online research library of focused ultrasound publications.
 
More Research News
The Science of Sound, Vibration to Better Diagnose, Treat Brain Diseases | Georgia Institute of Technology
Focal Therapy is a Viable Treatment for Low Risk Prostate Cancer | DocWireNews
UVA Health Recognized by Angioma Alliance | CBS News Charlottesville
Industry News
Company Profile: NaviFUS Corporation 
  • NaviFUS is a Taiwan-based manufacturer that is developing novel focused ultrasound brain systems.
  • Their devices are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of brain tumors and epilepsy.
  • Biomechanisms in development include blood-brain barrier opening and neuromodulation.
READ THE COMPANY PROFILE > 

Profound Medical Partners with Leader in Outpatient Imaging Centers
  • Profound Medical has partnered with Akumin Inc., a leading provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the US. 
  • Up to 10 Akumin centers will receive Profound’s TULSA-PRO device and offer focal ablation of prostate tissue.
  • The geographic focus will be Florida, with Texas and Pennsylvania to follow.
READ MORE >

More Industry News
Chinese Tech Fights Cancer in Mexico | China Daily
EDAP Announces Pricing of Follow-On Offering | Globe Newswire
SecondWave Systems secures over $7 Million from Department of Defense to Accelerate Development and Clinical Study of Novel Anti-Inflammatory Therapy based on Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Technology | Business Wire
Webinars
Breaking Barriers with Sound: Current and Emerging Indications for MR-guided Focused Ultrasound
  • Friday, June 18, 2021, at 8:00 am Eastern
  • Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Hosted by the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >

Recent Webinar Recordings
Advances in Pain Management in Breast Cancer and the Spine | Presented by the Foundation, Breast Cancer Alliance, the National Spine Health Foundation, Bluerock Care, and Theraplant (56 minutes)
Focused Ultrasound in Neurodegenerative Disorders | Hosted by the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (56 minutes)

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

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 | VIRTUAL MEETING ​​​​​

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

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

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

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 | Abstract submission closes May 24. 
 
 

 

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