With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab will develop an implantable device that will use electrical signals to communicate with individual neurons in the brain. (Courtesy of LLNL)

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab will develop an implantable device that will use electrical signals to communicate with individual neurons in the brain. (Courtesy of LLNL)

Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? Temporary lapses in memory can be such a nuisance. But for those coping with a memory-impairing disease or traumatic brain injury, this kind of memory loss can become debilitating.

“Anyone who has witnessed the effects of memory loss in another person knows its toll and how few options are available to treat it,” says Justin Sanchez, program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA.

On Tuesday DARPA announced a new multi-million dollar effort to develop and test a new generation of therapeutic brain implants that will help service members, veterans and civilians recover from memory loss caused by brain trauma or disease.

Read the entire article at KQED Science…

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