WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – While it may sound like a plan out of science fiction, the Pentagon is serious about developing a program using brain implants to restore memory.
The Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program is being led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
The goal is to create a wireless implant for service members who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
The “neuroprosthetic” would deliver electrical signals to specific parts of the brain. Deep brain stimulation has successfully treated victims of Parkinson’s disease and other chronic brain illnesses.
“We’re developing new neuroprosthetics to bridge the gap in an injured brain to restore memory function,” said DARPA Program Manager Justin Sanchez.
Such brain injuries often interfere with the ability to recall specific events, times and places.
Victims may be unable to recall events from before their injury or to form new memories.
More than 270,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000; the condition affects about 1.7 million civilians in the United States each year, according to DARPA.
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