March 2, 2020
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, through its Weston Brain Institute, has awarded a landmark $16.7-million grant to establish the Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative at Sunnybrook.
This Focused Ultrasound initiative, led by Weston Brain Institute grantee Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, is set to revolutionize the treatment of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
“The new device is based on a model of personalization and portability,” explains Dr. Hynynen. “Each device will be custom-produced based on scans of individual patients. It’s also frameless, making it more economical for clinical use since it does not require the real-time use of MRI. Finally, it is more comfortable for the patient. Not only is it completely non-invasive, but it can treat multiple locations in the brain at one time, making the procedure shorter.”
With this grant, the Foundation is spearheading a $33-million initiative to develop and bring novel focused ultrasound technology to Canadians. The Weston Family Initiative will accelerate development of a powerful new focused ultrasound device to enable the personalized treatment of brain disorders as never before. This initiative will culminate in the launch of three world-first clinical trials and bring this breakthrough technology to more patients faster.