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A neural device to restore memory

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Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 10:05 PM by AlexMuller

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. DARPA’s interest is in traumatic brain injury (TBI), which disrupts memory.

 

DARPA says TBI has affected 270,000 military service members since 2000. It could also help with Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy. LLNL’s Neural Technology group, in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Medtronic, hopes to develop an implantable neural device that can restore individuals’ ability to form new memories and access previously formed ones.

 
How it will work:
 
The device will be a neuromodulation system, a sophisticated electronics system to modulate (control) neurons, with real-time recording and closed-loop stimulation of neural tissues to bridge gaps in the injured brain and to understand how new memories are formed.

Tags: brainmemoryneurosciencemindepilepsyAlzheimer's

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-13
+1
It is good to see even more investment into brain research and memory disorders. I hope that results of this work will deliver a device that will be suitable for application in the clinic
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-13
+2
DARPA, by definition, is always trying to be at the forefront of technology. This is another great effort and quite a challenge - this is not an easy task. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-13
+2
Neuroscience and human brain research need much more attention. It a complex topic, memories in particular but this is vital for tackling many disorders Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-13
+1
The idea of scientists manipulating memory does, naturally, sound a bit creepy. But it also points to some possible good: treatment for millions of people with problems Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-13
+2
There is an enormous investment in neuroscience. It is now possible not only to better understand a way that the brain makes memories, but also how to create new memories with specific content Reply


 

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