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UVA’s Darden School of Business and FUSF Partner on Innovative Fellowship Program

Thursday, September 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation have partnered on an innovative new fellowship program. The Darden Focused Ultrasound Fellowship will offer young professionals a dynamic career start in a cutting-edge therapeutic technology organization and guaranteed admission to the full-time Darden MBA program.

The Fellowship provides a paid position to a college graduate who has been admitted to the Darden School through its Future Year Scholars program. This allows graduating undergraduate students or those pursuing a fifth-year master’s degree the opportunity to secure admission to a future Darden MBA class and gain two to four years of professional work experience before matriculating.

The inaugural Darden Focused Ultrasound Fellow has been awarded to Camille Favero, who recently graduated from UVA with a double major in Cognitive Science and Drama. She was also a scholarship athlete on the women’s tennis team.

“This fellowship allows me to work, receive guidance, and collaborate in an organization that is at the forefront of innovation and lasting change for individuals worldwide,” said Favero. “Furthermore, this provides a unique and prodigious opportunity to prepare for my enrollment at Darden.”

Favero and future Darden Focused Ultrasound Fellows will gain hands-on professional experience at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in a number of potential avenues – exploring the business case for focused ultrasound therapies, researching in strategic areas, and engaging in strategic consulting projects.

Focused ultrasound is a noninvasive therapeutic technology with the potential to transform the treatment of many medical disorders by using ultrasonic energy to target tissue deep in the body without incisions or radiation. The Foundation was created in 2006 to expedite the development and adoption of focused ultrasound.

The fellowship program is the latest chapter in the collaborative relationship between the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and UVA. In 2009, UVA and the Foundation dedicated the first Focused Ultrasound Center of Excellence – launching an institution-wide effort to identify, investigate, and translate new focused ultrasound applications into patient care. Since then, UVA researchers have helped develop image-guided focused ultrasound techniques in the lab, and UVA clinicians are using the technology to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s tremor and conducting first-ever clinical trials combining focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy for treatment of solid tumors and breast cancer.

Favero plans to work for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation for two years before joining Darden in the fall of 2022. She has already embarked on strategic consulting projects with the FUS Partners Program, an initiative critical to focused ultrasound becoming a mainstream standard of care for various disease indications through the commercialization of the technology.

“Darden is thrilled to partner with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation on this innovative fellowship program, and pleased to welcome Camille to Darden as a Future Year Scholar,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley, who also serves on the Focused Ultrasound Foundation Board of Directors. “I believe these fellowships will be an important bridge in the community and may help seed the next generation of leaders in the life sciences.”

Neal F. Kassell, MD, founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, said, “Camille joins a distinguished list of global scholars. In 2019 alone the Foundation selected 22 global scholars from 15 academic institutions pairing young student investigators with leading authorities in the focused ultrasound community.”

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