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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.

Prof. Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel Kobi Vortman, PhD, CEO and Founder, InSightec Ltd Joan Vidal-Jove, MD PhD, Director HIFU - Focused Ultrasound Oncology Hospital University Mutua Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain Pejman Ghanouni, MD PhD, Assistant Professor Stanford University School of Medicine

A message from ISTU President
Jean Francois Aubry

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to join us at the 16th International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14-16, 2016.


Important dates

Stay tuned for updates as these milestones approach:
December 14, 2015 Abstract deadline
January 14, 2016 Deadline for early registration rates
March 8, 2016 Online registration and accommodation closes
Spouse program - Tours:
Tour 1 - Monday:
A half day tour of Caesarea (Western Coast)
Tour 2 - Tuesday:
A full day tour to the lower Galilee, Nazareth and Golan Heights
Tour 3 - Wednesday:
A full day tour to the Dead Sea and Masada
ISTU 2016
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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