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A milestone for focused ultrasound and pediatrics...
                 

December 3, 2020


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Focused Ultrasound Device Earns FDA Approval to Treat Osteoid Osteomas

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it had approved Profound Medical’s Sonalleve MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU) system for the treatment of osteoid osteoma (OO) in the extremities. This marks the first focused ultrasound regulatory approval that will directly impact pediatric patients, and it is the sixth indication to earn approval in the US.  
 
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Foundation News
Foundation Senior Scientist Named STAT Wunderkind

Natasha Sheybani, PhD, was named a STAT Wunderkind for her research using focused ultrasound to stimulate an immune response in solid tumors.

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Focused Ultrasound Foundation Featured in NEO.LIFE

NEO.LIFE recently published an in-depth article titled, “The Focus of His Energy,” highlighting the technology, the Foundation, and its founder and chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD.

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Support the Foundation

We very much appreciate your interest in focused ultrasound and hope you will consider a gift to support the Foundation’s lifesaving mission.  

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More Foundation News
An Open Letter to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris | LinkedIn
MITA and Focused Ultrasound Foundation Voice Support for Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology Proposed Rule | Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance
Surgeon Who Saved Biden’s Life Recalls Fateful Prediction | Daily Beast
Symposium News
Share your Thoughts to Improve Symposium 2022

Thank you all for a fantastic Symposium last month. If you attended, please complete the short survey to help us improve our next meeting.  

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Clinical and Research Advances Highlighted at Symposium Media Event

We hosted a virtual media event to educate top tier media on the use of focused ultrasound to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and psychiatric disorders.  

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Patient News
Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial for Bilateral Essential Tremor Begins

Researchers in Toronto are investigating the safety of a second focused ultrasound treatment. Essential tremor patients who were treated successfully on one side will receive a second procedure on the other.  

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A Patient Perspective: Cancer Immunotherapy and the Promise of Focused Ultrasound

Foundation Council member Harry Lester shares his Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis, his experience with immunotherapy, and his hope for focused ultrasound to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments.  

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National Health Service England to Cover Essential Tremor Treatment

Beginning in April 2021, the National Health Service (NHS) England – the country’s publicly funded healthcare system – has commissioned focused ultrasound as a clinical service to treat essential tremor.  

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More Patient News
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Research News
Beta-Amyloid Plaque in Alzheimer’s Disease Decreased in Focused Ultrasound Trial Patients

A collaborative research group measured the beta-amyloid plaque changes in six patients with Alzheimer’s disease who underwent focused ultrasound—based blood-brain barrier opening.  

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First Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Enrolled in Clinical Trial at Columbia University

Elisa Konofagou, PhD, and her research team at Columbia University recently treated the first patient in their clinical trial to open the blood-brain barrier in patients with Alzheimer’s disease using a novel, neuronavigation-guided focused ultrasound system.  

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University of Virginia Recruiting Glioblastoma Patients for Focused Ultrasound Clinical Trial

A team at the University of Virginia has joined a multicenter clinical trial evaluating the safety of using focused ultrasound to enhance the delivery of chemotherapy in patients with glioblastomas.

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Parkinson’s Dyskinesia Pilot Study Results Published

Researchers in the US have published results showing focused ultrasound to be a safe and feasible treatment for the motor fluctuations and dyskinesias from Parkinson’s disease.

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4th Quarter 2020 Research Award

The Foundation’s Brain Clinical Program will fund a project by Shiro Horisawa, MD, using focused ultrasound to treat patients with cervical dystonia, a painful neck condition.

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Focused Ultrasound Abstracts Requested for Video Journal, JoVE

Tao Sun, PhD, a Research Fellow in Radiology at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital seeks abstracts for a video methods collection on focused ultrasound for neurological disorders.

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More Research News
Cancer
Focused Ultrasound Treatments Target Childhood Cancers | Physics World
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Researchers Report Positive Results for New Treatment Strategy for Localized Prostate Cancer | Newswise
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation Safe, Effective in Prostate Cancer | Healio
Destroying Cancer Cells with Non-surgical Ultrasound Treatment | Imaging Technology News
Study Shows Ultrasound Treatment Can Destroy Cancer Cells Without Surgery | News Medical
Destroying Cancer Cells with Non-surgical Ultrasound Treatment | Medical Xpress

Brain
Focused Ultrasound Tackles Brain Tumours in a Myriad Ways | Physics World
Two Small Trials Evaluating Focused Ultrasound in Treating Parkinson’s | Parkinson’s News Today
Two Landmark Studies Advance Focused Ultrasound Treatment for Parkinson's Disease | DOTmed Healthcare Business News
Canadian Researchers Test Groundbreaking Approach to Treating Parkinson's Disease | St. Albert Today
Focused Ultrasound: A Stimulating New Strategy To Treat Severe Brain Damage | Knowing Neurons
Industry News
CarThera Chosen for European Innovation Council Accelerator Pilot 

CarThera was awarded a €2 million grant from the European Innovation Council Accelerator Pilot to finish developing its SonoCloud-9 device for treating glioblastoma patients. A multicenter pilot clinical study for the device is underway.

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EDAP Signs Exclusive Agreement with Italian Distributor

EDAP TMS has agreed to an exclusive distribution deal with AB Medica, a move that will extend the availability of the company’s HIFU technology to one of the largest European markets.

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SonaCare Medical Announces Publication of Largest US Publication on Focal Therapy

The recent focal therapy prostate study published in the Journal of Urology primarily used Sonablate HIFU technology. See media coverage in Urology Times

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More Industry News
Urology Times Video Series
Lantheus Enters into Strategic Collaboration with Insightec for Use of Microbubbles in Combination with MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for Treatment of Glioblastoma and Neurodegenerative Conditions | BioSpace
Positive and Differentiated Results for Theraclion’s Non-invasive Varicose Vein Treatment Technology Revealed at the 34th AVLS | Businesswire
Webinars
TULSA-PRO® Flexibility

Join Profound Medical and guest speakers Dr. Peter Boström and Dr. Mikael Anttinen as they discuss the flexibility of the TULSA-PRO system.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 12:00pm Eastern

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History of Focused Ultrasound

The International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound’s final webinar of 2020 will feature Professor Gail ter Haar presenting, “History of Focused Ultrasound."

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 11:00am Eastern

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Upcoming Events
 
November 29 – December 5, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting | virtual event 

December 7-9, 2020 Milken Institute Future of Health Summit Virtual Meeting | virtual event 

December 8-12, 2020 Acoustical Society of America’s 179th Meeting Virtual Meeting  | virtual event 

December 9, 2020 TULSA-PRO® Flexibility | Hosted by Profound Medical | WEBINAR 

December 9-12, 2020 European Society for Medical Oncology Immuno-Oncology Congress Virtual Meeting | virtual event 

December 10, 2020 History of Focused Ultrasound  | Hosted by ISTU | WEBINAR 

January 28-29, 2021 1st HIFUture Symposium | Lyon, France

March 7-12, 2021 Winter School on Therapeutic Ultrasound | Les Houches, France


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