New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Essential Tremor Study. Revolutionary Non-Invasive Therapy Shows Promise Treating the Brain, Cancers, Other Diseases.
John Grisham Delivers Keynote on how Focused Ultrasound Could Impact Future of Medicine.
WHAT: A briefing featuring short presentations on key data shared at the 5th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. Experts will highlight clinical outcomes and advances in the use of focused ultrasound – a non-invasive therapeutic technology – to treat brain disorders, cancers, pain and hypertension. A Q&A and opportunity for interviews will follow.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
· Lunch: 12:00pm EDT (For those attending in-person)
· Presentations and Q&A via Webcast: 1:00 – 2:30pm EDT
WHERE: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Dr. Jeff Elias, Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia
“New England Journal of Medicine publication, FDA approval for essential tremor; new clinical data on focused ultrasound to treat Parkinson’s; and the start of the first-in-human study for epilepsy”
Dr. Paul Fishman, Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
“Using focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier to deliver therapies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and brain tumors”
Dr. Joo Ha Hwang, Chief of Gastroenterology, University of Washington
“Focused ultrasound as a new oncology tool to ablate cancers in the prostate and other regions as well as to enhance immunotherapy for pancreatic, breast and other cancers”
Dr. Pejman Ghanouni, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Stanford University Medical Center
“Focused ultrasound to non-invasively destroy benign and malignant soft tissue tumors and to treat painful bone conditions, such as facet joint osteoarthritis, knee, hand and hip arthritis and neuropathic pain”
Dr. Michael Gertner, CEO, Kona Medical
“Clinical research advances in using focused ultrasound for renal denervation to reduce blood pressure”
Symposium Highlight Live Streaming
On August 31st from 11:30-12:00 noon, the author John Grisham will be giving the keynote discussing his book, The Tumor, a fictional account of how focused ultrasound could impact the future of medicine. Journalists are welcomed to hear this key note by attending in-person or through live streaming.
Focused ultrasound is a revolutionary, early-stage therapeutic technology with the potential to transform the treatment of many serious medical disorders. This approach uses ultrasonic energy guided by real-time imaging to treat tissue deep in the body without incisions or radiation.
A focused ultrasound system was recently approved in the US to treat essential tremor. Other FDA approved uses include prostate disease, uterine fibroids and pain from bone metastases. There are more than 50 clinical applications in various stages of research and development around the world.