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DARPA awards UCLA $15 million to restore lost memory
Date:7/8/2014

estigate areas of the brain associated with memory to understand how memories are formed and reduce the effect of memory disorders.

"Currently, there is no effective treatment for memory loss caused by a condition such as traumatic brain injury," said LLNL's project leader Satinderpall Pannu, director of the LLNL's Center for Bioengineering, a facility dedicated to fabricating biocompatible neural interfaces. "This is a tremendous opportunity from DARPA to leverage Lawrence Livermore's unique capabilities to develop cutting-edge medical devices that will change the health care landscape."

During the second phase of the program , using minimally invasive surgery, Fried will implant the neuromodulation device into the entorhinal area and hippocampus in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as part of a ground-breaking clinical trial. TBI, which has affected more than 270,000 military service members since 2000, is often associated with debilitating memory loss.

The overarching DARPA program, called Restoring Active Memory, or RAM, supports President Obama's BRAIN initiative. Under the terms of a cooperative agreement with DARPA, UCLA will receive up to $15 million for its work on the program, with full funding contingent on meeting a series of technical milestones.

"The RAM program poses a formidable challenge reaching across multiple disciplines from basic brain research to medicine, computing and engineering," Fried said. "But at the end of the day, it is the suffering individual, whether an injured member of the armed forces or a patient with Alzheimer's disease, who is at the center of our thoughts and efforts."


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Contact: Kim Irwin
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310-794-2262
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
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