December 10, 2020 - Symposium Content Now Available Online
See highlights from the meeting.
December 10, 2020
Last month, the Foundation hosted the 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, its first virtual meeting. The Symposium showcased the tremendous progress in the field and demonstrated the ability of digital technology to facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge and increase participation.
Compared to previous symposia, there was an enormous increase in content shared through a variety of formats, including keynote addresses and special lectures, scientific presentations, panels, fireside chats, and roundtable discussions. In all, more than 1,800 participants from 57 countries joined us for the meeting, compared to 450 participants from 23 countries at our last Symposium in 2018. We also extended this year's meeting by an extra day and a half and included parallel tracks on the final day due to an abundance of information to cover.
Director of the Comprehensive Tumor Center at the Khuab Institute for Interventional Oncology in Barcelona, Dr. Vidal-Jové is dedicated to advancing focused ultrasound to treat pancreatic and liver cancer.
Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC, and Lawrence A. Crum, PhD, were this year's recipients of the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award and the Visionary Award, respectively. The two researchers are known for their innovative spirit in advancing the focused ultrasound field.
Hohyun Lee earned the highest peer-reviewed rating among the Foundation's recent Global Interns with his abstract, “A Benchtop Focused Ultrasound System for Drug Screening Investigations in Central Nervous System.”
The Foundation is grateful to everyone who attended the year's Symposium and to those of you who worked with us to make it a success. We appreciate your patience as we overcame technical challenges to make the meeting a productive and safe event.
The Foundation team planned and executed all aspects of the scientific plenary program. The scientific program committee reviewed, scored, and selected the research presented both orally and in posters.