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MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Symposium Announces Sponsors

Saturday, July 17, 2010 Research News J E 4
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation has announced that eight leading manufacturers are among the initial sponsors of the 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, scheduled for October 17 through 20 near Washington, D.C.

A landmark event, the symposium will spotlight leading edge preclinical, translational and clinical research related to one of today's most promising and innovative therapeutic technologies. Targeted to scientists, clinicians and others interested in current and future applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound, the conference will offer a multifaceted exploration of this emerging field and feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and technical exhibits.

Sponsoring organizations are:

* EDAP TMS S.A. (Vaulx-en-Velin, France)

* Elekta, AB  (Stockholm, Sweden)

* GE Healthcare (Chalfont St. Giles, UK)

* Image Guided Therapy (Pessac, France)

* Imasonic  (Voray/l'Ognon, France)

* InSightec  (Tirat Carmel, Israel)

* Philips Healthcare (Guildford, Surrey, UK)

* Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

"We are thankful for the generous support of our sponsors. Their involvement is crucial to the symposium's success and to the future of one of today's most exciting and innovative therapeutic technologies," said Neal F. Kassell, M.D., Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation.

Complete information about sponsorships for the 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound is available from the Foundation's Collaborative Research Network Director, Heather Huff-Simonin (hhsimonin@fusfoundation.org).

Reporters interested in covering the symposium should contact: Ellen C.McKenna (emckenna@fusfoundation.org).

About the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation

Founded in 2006 and based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation is dedicated to accelerating research and development of patient treatments using one of today's most revolutionary and promising medical technologies: non-invasive Magnetic Resonance-Guided Focused Ultrasound (FUS). The Foundation's work is motivated by the belief that FUS treatments could become the ultimate in minimally invasive surgery, serve as a viable alternative to radiation therapy and offer a new platform for precise drug delivery - applications with the potential to alleviate suffering, save lives and quicken recovery times for millions of patients worldwide.

By promoting communication, collaboration and coordination, the Foundation has become a vital nexus for researchers, clinicians, manufacturers, philanthropists and other stakeholders in the FUS arena. The Foundation is funding translational and clinical research, providing fellowships for training physicians and scientists, hosting symposia and workshops, maintaining online informational resources and establishing Focused Ultrasound Centers of Excellence. Complete information about the Foundation and its work can be found at http://fusfoundation.org/.

This news release was issued on behalf of Newswise™.  For more information, visit http://www.newswise.com.

SOURCE Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation

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