Submit Nominations for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award


The Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award has a two-fold purpose: to honor the memory of Ferenc Jolesz, a world class visionary whose passion for turning image-guided surgery from a vision to a reality of the 21st century and a pioneer of focused ultrasound as a noninvasive therapy, and to recognize and encourage this same innovative spirit in mid-career researchers and clinicians who continue to advance focused ultrasound. The recipient of this award will deliver a presentation at the 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound that will be based on his or her research.

The awardee will receive up to $5,000 toward Symposium registration, travel, and lodging expenses and a $5,000 cash award. The cash award will be presented at the Symposium and is supported by Insightec. Travel funding will be disbursed after the Symposium upon submission of travel reimbursement forms and accompanying receipts to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

Previous award recipients included Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, (2020), Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA, (2018), and Nathan McDannold, PhD, (2016).

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Eligibility Criteria

This award is open to all individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants must be active in focused ultrasound therapy research as an established doctorate or physician with at least 10 years’ experience in his/her specialty and made his/her greatest contribution to focused ultrasound in the last two (2) years.
  2. Applicants must be conducting technical, translational, or clinical research in the field of focused ultrasound therapy.
  3. Candidates may be traveling from within the United States or abroad. There are no citizenship or residency requirements.
  4. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination system.

Statement of Recommendation

When you submit a nomination for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award, you will be asked to provide a statement of recommendation. This statement should include the following information:

  • Confirmation that the candidate meets the basic eligibility requirements
  • The candidate’s key accomplishment(s) in the field of focused ultrasound therapy to date
  • An assessment of the candidate’s relevant scientific attributes (e.g., intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving)
  • An assessment of the candidate’s potential for future success as a pioneer/innovator

Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award Committee

  • Morry Blumenfeld, PhD, Quescon Consultants, Ltd. and MediTech Advisors Management, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Kullervo Hynynen, MSc, PhD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Elisa Konofagou, PhD, Columbia University, New York, New York
  • Hao-Li Liu, PhD, Chang Gung University, Taiwan
  • Nathan McDannold, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clare Tempany, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Eyal Zadicario, PhD, Insightec, Ltd., Haifa, Israel
  • Jean-Francois Aubry, PhD, Physics for Medicine, Paris, France