Mary Lou Jepsen, PhD, CEO and founder of Openwater, will give a special lecture on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. Jepsen will pull from her three-decade career in technology development and production for her lecture entitled “Can a Consumer Electronics Wearable Leapfrog MR and Ultrasound Imaging and Revolutionize Focused Ultrasound Therapy?” 

Dr. Jepsen was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x] and Intel as well as a founder of four startups including One Laptop per Child where she was CTO, chief architect and delivered to mass production the $100 laptop.  Her startup CEO experience includes the world’s only fabless display screen company which was based in Taipei. She has been a professor at MIT and is an inventor on over 100 published or issued patents in the last 5 years alone. 

Most recently, Dr. Jepsen is the founder of Openwater whose goal is to see deep into the body with the detail of a high resolution 3D camera. The implications are broad for both healthcare and for communication directly with thought. 

“Mary Lou’s ability to envision today’s technology applied in innovative ways that solve tomorrow’s problems across disciplines is invaluable,” says Foundation Chairman, Neal F. Kassell, MD. “She has an impressive background and experience bringing inventions to the mass market, and her insights offer much that can be translated into medical device commercialization.”

“Massively increasing access to medical imaging by making it portable and low cost dovetails nicely into low-cost accessible focused ultrasound,” said Dr. Jepsen. “This is why we are thrilled to collaborate with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and join this biennial symposium.”

Dr. Jepsen has been recognized with many awards including: TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world; a CNN top 10 thinker; and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics.

The 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 21-25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. 


The mobile app for the 2018 Symposium is now available. It allows attendees to:

  • View the daily and weekly schedules
  • Flag sessions to create your personal schedule
  • Browse a list of meeting attendees and message other participants
  • Download abstract content, located within the daily agenda
  • Post to a social feed using #FUSF2018 
  • See which sponsor and exhibitor booths you should visit, and much more

The 2018 Symposium mobile app is generously sponsored by INSIGHTEC. 

How to Download the App

The FUS Symposium app is available from the App Store or Google Play.

  1. Click here to find the app > (Link will detect your device and open the appropriate store.)
  2. Tap “Log In,” enter your First Name and Last Name, and tap Next.
  3. You will receive a validation code via email.
  4. Enter the four-digit code, and tap “Verify.”
  5. You will be redirected to the Welcome screen.
  6. Go to the Schedule and tap on a + to add an event to your personalized symposium schedule.



Seung-Schik Yoo, PhD, MBA, director of the Neuromodulation and Tissue Engineering Laboratory (NTEL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will receive the 2018 Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award at the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. The award was established in 2016 to honor the life of Ferenc Jolesz, a true pioneer in focused ultrasound. It is intended to recognize and encourage this same innovative spirit in mid-career researchers and clinicians who continue to advance focused ultrasound. 

In addition to his appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Yoo is an associate professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and serves as a faculty member of Mind Brain Behavior at Harvard University. 

His early pioneering work involved developing real-time functional MR-imaging to interpret the human mind and applying the technology to interface the brain function with machines and computers. Dr. Yoo’s current research is exploring a new mode of non-invasive brain stimulation modality utilizing focused ultrasound to control regional neural functions, including the activity of the brain. He is primarily interested in advancing the technique for various neurotherapeutics, but also likes to seek out new ways to link thoughts/brain processes between individuals. 

“On behalf of all the splendid researchers that I have worked with, I am deeply honored to receive the recognition,” says Yoo. “I would like to thank the inspirations and encouragement that I have received from my mentors, Drs. Tempany, Panych, and Jolesz. I would like to express my gratitude to Drs. Seltzer and Boland who provided us with vibrant research environment, and thank the Foundation and Insightec for the award.” 

Dr. Yoo will be acknowledged during the Symposium’s Welcome Reception. He will deliver a presentation on his research on Monday, October 22. He also receives up to $5,000 toward Symposium registration, travel, and lodging expenses and a $5,000 cash award. The award is supported by Insightec.

The 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 21-25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.

Previous Visionary Award recipient have included Kullervo Hynynen, PhD (2016) and Motti Zisser (2014). 

Focused ultrasound technology pioneer and entrepreneur Narendra (Naren) Sanghvi will receive the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s 2018 Visionary Award. This award is given every two years at our Symposium and recognizes an individual who has created a larger vision for what the future of focused ultrasound may hold and whose effort, passion, and persistence have been crucial to advancing the field. Mr. Sanghvi will be acknowledged during the Symposium’s Welcome Reception where he will briefly share his journey in focused ultrasound and vision of the future.

Mr. Sanghvi began working with focused ultrasound in the Fry brothers’ laboratory at Indiana University School of Medicine more than 45 years ago. Following several years of work on a system to treat brain disorders, he began the pursuit of treating the prostate with focused ultrasound and formed a company, Focus Surgery Inc., now a part of SonaCare Medical. Today, Mr. Sanghvi is the Chief Scientific Officer at SonaCare. He is also the inventor and developer of the company’s Sonablate® HIFU device, which has treated approximately 20,000 patients with prostate cancer at more than 120 clinical sites worldwide.

“Today, diagnostic ultrasound is a major medical imaging modality due to its noninvasiveness and high temporal and spatial resolutions,” says Mr. Sanghvi. “Similarly, highly focused ultrasound has the same attributes to be a significant player for therapeutic applications. Receiving this award from the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is a surprise and very exciting. The Foundation has played an important role in integrating the interests of scientific, medical and commercial entities in this field, and it continues to provide timely synergism to make these novel therapeutic applications a reality.” 

Mr. Sanghvi is a member and fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Acoustical Society of America, and the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU). He was recently presented The William and Francis Fry Honorary Fellowship for Contributions to Therapeutic Ultrasound at the 2018 ISTU meeting.

“Naren is a true pioneer and a driving force behind focused ultrasound’s trajectory,” says Foundation chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD. “From early on he recognized the technology’s potential to disrupt so many areas of care. His decades of experience in innovative focused ultrasound research, developing a clinical system, and leading a focused ultrasound company place him in an elite class of visionaries.” 

The 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 21-25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.

Previous Visionary Award recipient have included Kullervo Hynynen, PhD (2016) and Motti Zisser (2014). 

On Wednesday, October 24, Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), will address participants at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound in Reston, Virginia. A top healthcare advocate and policy expert, Whitaker will discuss the benefits of technology in medicine – including focused ultrasound – for improving the lives of patients and for society in general, as well as current challenges and obstacles facing the industry during an onstage interview.

AdvaMed is the world’s largest medical technology association. Its members make the medical devices, diagnostic products, and digital health systems that are transforming health care. As CEO, Whitaker is the voice of the medical technology industry and works with diverse stakeholder groups to advance medical technology innovation and timely patient access to next-generation treatments and cures.

“AdvaMed has become an ally for the Foundation as we share similar goals of accelerating new therapies and improving the lives of patients,” says Neal F. Kassell, MD, chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “We are pleased to have Scott share his experience in medical technology innovation with Symposium participants and are eager to apply his insights as focused ultrasound moves ever closer to widespread commercialization.” 

“The life-changing innovations our industry produces are making such an impact on patients worldwide – allowing them to live longer, healthier, more productive lives,” says Whitaker. “Technologies such as focused ultrasound are part of the cutting-edge of advances that are providing solutions to our most vexing healthcare challenges, and I can’t wait to be part of the Symposium." 

Prior to AdvaMed, Whitaker was chief operating officer of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, and president of the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest biotech conference.

The 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound will take place October 21-25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. For more details and to register, please visit