Research Programs

Research Programs in Focused Ultrasound at UVa

priceNote from the Research Director:

Focused Ultrasound (FUS) is an innovative new medical technology that will revolutionize how we treat cancer, cure neurological disorders, alleviate pain, and deliver drug-bearing nanocarriers deep within the body. It can be applied with minimal invasiveness and has few side-effects, resulting in markedly improved patient recovery. Due to the great potential of this technology, focused ultrasound research is expanding at a rapid pace. The field is inherently multidisciplinary, impacting and incorporating software and medical device development, nanotechnology, drug discovery, and many other fields. At the University of Virginia FUS Center, one of our goals is to initiate and foster research projects that may eventually lead to clinical trials. I encourage investigators throughout the entire UVA community to contact me to discuss how their research may impact or utilize focused ultrasound. Specific programs for research are outlined below.

Collaboration Awards in MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound

To foster collaborative research efforts amongst UVA investigators and the MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound community, the UVA Focused Ultrasound Center supports a “Collaboration Award” program. These awards may be used to cover travel expenses for grant planning meetings at UVA, other institutions, and/or scientific conferences. Funds may also be used to cover travel expenses for faculty interested in visiting UVA. In addition, support may be provided for faculty, post-doc, and/or student travel to other laboratories to perform pilot studies and/or learn new techniques related to MRgFUS.

To inquire about Collaboration Awards, please contact the FUS Center Research Director (Richard J. Price,


Pilot Project Awards in Focused Ultrasound Research

To foster and develop MRgFUS research at the University of Virginia, the UVA Focused Ultrasound Center supports a “Pilot Project Award” program. Pilot Project Awards may be used to support studies at any translational stage. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Novel applications for thermal or mechanical tissue ablation with MRgFUS

• Targeted drug and/or gene delivery with MRgFUS,

• Mechanisms and applications of blood brain-barrier opening with MRgFUS

• Studies aimed at integrating nanomedicine and/or molecular imaging into MRgFUS

• The development of improved MRgFUS hardware and/or software

• Pre-clinical MRgFUS studies that lay the foundation for clinical trials

To inquire about Pilot Project Awards, please contact the FUS Center Research Director (Richard J. Price,