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VTCRI Partners with INSIGHTEC to Research Focused Ultrasound Technology

Tuesday, January 30, 2018  
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Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) are working with INSIGHTEC as the first non-clinical research site for use of Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound and Siemens MR imaging to develop non-invasive treatments for brain disorders. The potential applications to be researched include treatments for cancer, including brain tumors, targeted disruption of the blood-brain barrier for delivery of therapeutics to the brain, and neuromodulation to treat psychiatric disorders.  

The research is being led by Stephen LaConte, Ph.D., Associate Professor with the VTCRI and also the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering.

"There is considerable basic research to be done in order to develop safe and efficacious protocols for these treatments and we are excited to be one of the research sites to carry this breakthrough technology forward," LaConte said.

"We share a common vision, a culture of discovery and openness, and a commitment to study and develop scientifically validated technological innovations to treat patients with otherwise untreatable brain disorders," said Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., VTCRI Executive Director and Virginia Tech's Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology. 

"Collaboration with academic centers of excellence, such as VTCRI, is a key component of INSIGHTEC's heritage of innovation. Collaboration fuels the scientific breakthroughs that ultimately improve patient lives," said Maurice R. Ferré, MD, INSIGHTEC's CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Exablate Neuro employs more than 1000 ultrasound beams focused on a single spot to ablate tissue without incisions and without damaging surrounding structures.

The VTCRI - INSIGHTEC research collaboration has been facilitated by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate the development of new applications for focused ultrasound.  

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