It’s all about the patients.
As we prepare to meet again this October for the 8th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, the Foundation’s vision remains that focused ultrasound will improve the lives of millions of patients around the world with a variety of serious medical conditions.
Over the past 15 years we have been dedicated to making this vision reality. We are the catalyst advancing focused ultrasound from laboratory to clinic as quickly as possible, with an emphasis on treatments that fulfill an unmet clinical need, improve the quality and longevity of life, decrease costs, and increase access to care
The evolution of focused ultrasound from laboratory research to global clinical adoption is occurring exponentially. In the last several years, the dialogue has shifted from if to when focused ultrasound will play a major role in the therapeutic armamentarium for many diseases and conditions. There are now more than 160 clinical applications of focused ultrasound in various stages of research, development, and commercialization, enabled by more than 25 mechanisms of action. The commercialization of new focused ultrasound technology is being spurred by more than 60 manufacturers.
Consistent with our commitment to patients, the program for this year’s Symposium will be heavily weighted on clinical topics. This is not to diminish the importance of basic research and technology development, but those topics are adequately covered in other forums.
This year, the Symposium will return to an in-person format with the option for remote participation for those who cannot attend. The entire program will be livestreamed and recorded. All presentations will be pre-recorded and can be included in multiple scientific categories if the scope of the research covers more than one program topic. Presentations will include works in progress, interim, and final results of research trials. There will not be a poster session. Adequate opportunity for Q&A and discussion for each presentation will be provided.
In essence, the Symposium will be an experiment in how to use digital technology to create a paradigm shift in the way scientific meetings are conducted. The program is designed to encourage discussion and debate, with an abundance of time available during the day and evenings for face-to-face interactions on an individual or group basis to facilitate collaborations, friendships, and fun. We believe that in person, face-to-face meetings remain critical in establishing and enhancing meaningful, collaborative relationships.
The program will begin with an opening reception on Sunday evening, October 23, 2022, and finish with lunch on Friday, October 28, 2022.
Each day, the agenda will include:
- A Keynote speaker
- Featured lectures in hot topics
- Presentations and panel discussions
- Focus groups
- Ample opportunity to socialize and collaborate
Please see the detailed list of topics that will be covered at the Symposium. We look forward to seeing you in October.
Neal F. Kassell, MD
Focused Ultrasound Foundation Chairman