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About ISTU
The International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 to increase and diffuse knowledge of therapeutic ultrasound to the scientific and medical community, and to facilitate the translation of therapeutic ultrasound techniques into the clinical arena for the benefit of patients worldwide.

Welcome to Nanjing

May 31 - June 2, 2017, Nanjing, China

The 17th International Symposium for Therapeutic Ultrasound is coming to Nanjing, China, from May 31st to June 2nd, 2017. It is a great honor for us to host this wonderful symposium, and to bring together academic and industrial researchers from all over the world to allow scientific exchange, and to inspire new ideas and projects.

The Institute of Acoustics at Nanjing University was founded by Prof. Ronjue Wei in 1954. It is the top acoustics department among Chinese universities, and has broad research directions, including physical acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, biomedical ultrasound, photoacoustics, ultrasound transducer design, electroacoustics and audio acoustics.

Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China, is the second largest city in the east China region. Situated in the downstream Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, throughout history Nanjing has always served as a national hub of education, research, transportation and tourism. Famous for lush green parks, natural scenic lakes, purple mountains, historical buildings, relics and monuments, Nanjing is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

I am looking forward to seeing you in NANJING, CHINA.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dong Zhang, General Chair

History of Therapeutic Ultrasound
The discovery by Frank and William Fry in the early 1950's that high-frequency sound waves could be used to generate 'trackless', localized tissue damage greatly predated even the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic modality. However, the rapid advances in ultrasound, magnetic-resonance and computer tomography imaging over the last three decades have now provided the tools to make truly non-invasive, image-guided ultrasound therapy a clinical reality. In recent years, exposure of tissue to therapeutic levels of ultrasound has been shown to result in a rapidly expanding array of desirable biological effects, ranging from fast localized heating and tissue necrosis, to vascular occlusion, disruption of the blood-brain barrier, the activation of drugs and the increased permeability of cell membranes to molecules. As a result, the future of therapeutic ultrasound relies increasingly on engineers, physicists, clinicians, biologists and biochemists working together to identify and understand how to optimally deliver acoustic energy for specific applications.
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