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The Laboratory of Therapeutic Applications of Ultrasound (LabTAU) – in collaboration with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation – recently launched the first presentation in its Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) dedicated to therapeutic ultrasound.

MOOCs are free online courses that provide a flexible way to learn new skills or become familiar with a new topic.

This MOOC is targeted toward physicians, students, and patients who are interested in learning about the clinical and technical research in the field of focused ultrasound. World renowned experts in the field will provide 12 unique presentations covering a variety of topics such as technical explanations of various focused ultrasound applications and clinical case presentations.

Throughout the upcoming year, a new course will become available each month. The first course – “Neurological disorders treated by HIFU” by W. Jeffrey Elias, MD – is available now.

The complete list of experts taking part in the MOOC is as follows:

Florent Aptel, MD, PhD
CHU Grenoble, France
W. Jeffrey Elias, MD
University of Virginia, USA
Bruno Quesson, PhD
IHU Lyric, France
Alexander Carpentier, MD, PhD    
Carthera, France
Pejman Ghanouni, MD, PhD
Stanford University, USA
Oleg Sapozhnikov, PhD
Moscow State University, Russia
Sébastien Crouzet, MD, PhD
Hospices Civils de Lyon, France
Chrit Moonen, PhD
UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
Gail ter Haar, PhD
The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Lawrence Crum, PhD
University of Washington, USA
Franco Orsi, MD, PhD
European Institute of Oncology, Italy
Shin-ichiro Umemura, PhD
Tohoku University, Japan

Each course concludes with a short self-assessment quiz to help reiterate the important learning points. There is also an open forum to promote discussion and additional resources to support the course curriculum.

In 2017, LabTau was named one of the Foundation’s Centers of Excellence, indicating that it is one of the world’s luminary sites for focused ultrasound.

“The idea of the MOOC came about because, as part of LabTau’s responsibility as a Center of Excellence, we must provide educational opportunities to help promote and grow the field,” explains Cyril Lafon, PhD, Director of LabTAU. “Our hope is that the MOOC will appeal to people from various backgrounds, and it will help introduce the field of therapeutic ultrasound to a wide audience.”

The MOOC is free of charge and available online for one year on the University of Lyon's educational platform Claroline. It may automatically appear in French, but you can select your preferred language by clicking on the box (FR) at the bottom right of the pag

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