We are excited to introduce ISTU On-Air — a new series of monthly webinars designed to promote knowledge of Therapeutic Ultrasound and increase discussion among the ISTU community. A committee led by Kim Butts Pauly and Cyril Lafon are actively working on the programming for the webinar series.

Our next webinar will feature Kullervo Hynynen, M.Sc., PhD from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre presenting:

"Ultrasound Transducer Technology"

This webinar will be held live on September 24th at the following local times:

  • 8:00 - 9:00 PT (West Coast, USA)
  • 11:00 - 12:00 ET (East Coast, USA)
  • 16:00 - 17:00 (UK)
  • 17:00 - 18:00 (Continental Europe)
  • 23:00 - 24:00 (China)
  • 24:00 - 1:00 (Japan and Korea)

Registration for this event is required. The Webinar Series will be recorded and available to members for later review. Confirmation of your registration and the Zoom Conference Link Info will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the meeting.

Dr. Hynynen is a Senior Scientist from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His research has focused on studying the effects of ultrasound beams on tissue and their utilization in therapy. He is investigating the use of focused ultrasound for noninvasive surgery, vascular surgery, targeted drug delivery and gene therapy. He has developed theoretical models to help understand treatment parameters and to allow optimization of treatment devices. He has conducted in vivo experiments to investigate the various biological end points that can be induced by controlling the sonication parameters.

His research on ultrasound transducers has been used to design and develop new phased array applicators and better ways to deliver therapy. He is also looking at the use of magnetic resonance imaging to detect and quantify noninvasive ultrasound exposure in vivo. He has developed several systems that are being tested clinically. Dr. Hynynen is currently exploring new ways to utilize ultrasound for imaging with the aim of using the methods for controlling delivery of therapy and aid in tumour diagnosis.

This session will be moderated by Shin-ichiro Umemura, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus as well as a Research Scientist of Biomedical Engineering at Tohoku University. His research interests are in biomedical ultrasonics, especially therapeutic ultrasound enhanced by cavitation and microbubbles including sonodynamic therapy. They are extended to ultrasonic imaging, especially that for monitoring the noninvasive therapeutic processes. He was a Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Tohoku University, from 2007 to 2018 and from 2008 to 2018, respectively. He also has experiences in both industry and medical academia though being an R&D member of Hitachi and a Professor in the Department of Human Healthcare at Kyoto University, from 1980 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2006, respectively. He is an IEEE Fellow since 2000, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America since 2009, and a Fry Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound since 2010.

ISTU would like to extend our gratitude to Sonic Concepts, our Industry Partner, for their support of this Webinar. Visit their website to learn more.



We are excited to announce the schedule for the remaining ISTU-On Air Webinars for 2020:

  • October 22: Wynn Legon, Ph.D. — Human Applications of Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound in Neuromodulation
  • December 10: Gail ter Haar — History of Focused Ultrasound