Every year, Vanessa Delacourt runs the 20km de Paris alongside a team of business leaders and colleagues. This year, the run takes place on Sunday the 11th of October. If you feel like joining us, you can already subscribe. We've had two editions so far and raised over € 100.000. The money was used, amongst others, to fund an additional monitoring unit in the Ghent University Hospital.
The aim of this year’s ½ marathon in Paris is to raise money to bring an innovative medical therapy to Ghent University.
Focus ultrasound or so-called FUS is a non-invasive therapeutic technology that uses ultrasonic energy to target tissue deep in the body without incision or radiation. It is therefore currently investigated to target specific areas in the brain that are part of a brain disorder process. Using different types of ultrasonic energy allows to induce both small lesions within the brain or to temporarily induce changes in brain functioning.
The advantage of the technique for patients is that opening the scull for therapy is not required. This way, the complications associated with open brain surgery are avoided.
Optimization of the technique still requires extensive multidisciplinary neuroscientific research and the aim of this year’s fundraising event in Paris is to gather funds for the dedicated research area on FUS to treat brain disorders. In the future FUS may potentially help patients with epilepsy, brain tumors, movement disorders and stroke.