Design of Ultrasonic Devices for Conformal Therapies

Cyril Lafon
Universite Claude Bernard Lyon
Tuesday, February 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
SEH Lehman Auditorium, B1220


With the development of guidance and monitoring technologies, the therapeutic applications of ultrasound have seen renewed interest over the last two decades. Two applications in particular are routinely used in clinics today: Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy for disrupting kidney stones and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of various pathologies. Ultrasound is a non-invasive and very flexible technology that enables the treatment of many organs using different biomechanisms. Many ultrasound-based treatments are currently under development worldwide. The presentation will illustrate the scope of therapeutic ultrasound by different devices developed at LabTAU.

Cyril Lafon earned his B.Sc. degree in Physics from University Blaise Pascal of Clermont Ferrand, France and University of Montreal, Quebec, in 1995, and his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France, in 1999. After developing interstitial HIFU probes during his Ph.D. study in INSERM Unit 281, Dr. Lafon joined for two years the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, Seattle, as a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Lafon worked there on ultrasound induced hemostasis and the development of tissue mimicking phantoms for HIFU applications. Dr. Lafon was recruited by INSERM, Unit 556, in 2002 as a research scientist. He is now research director and head of LabTAU, INSERM Unit 1032. His recent research interests focus on modeling ultrasound wave propagation, development of ultrasonic therapeutic devices for thermal ablation or drug delivery and communication by ultrasound for medical applications. From July 2016 and for one year, Cyril Lafon will work for the department of radiation oncology of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (USA) under the Robert Merkin fellowship of the FUS Foundation. He received the Frederic Lizzi Early Carreer Award from International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2010. Cyril Lafon is vice-president of French society of biomedical engineering and member of the board of the International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound.