Traumatic brain injuries can have long-term and devastating consequences. In addition to personality changes, mood swings, and other cognitive challenges, brain injury victim’s mays suffer from memory lapse. New research is raising hopes for brain injury survivors and their loved ones. U.S. military researchers are unveiling advances in developing a brain implant that could restore memory for wounded soldiers, and potentially other brain injury survivors.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a.k.a. DARPA, is on track in a four-year plan to develop a memory stimulator as part of an Obama Administration initiative to better understand the human brain.
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This is breakthrough medical science that could improve memory function for hundreds of thousands of brain injury patients. In addition to helping soldiers recover from brain injury and lost memory, the brain implant could also help patients of Alzheimer’s disease as well victims of falls, car accidents, bike accidents, and other injuries that result in brain trauma. The program director is aiming to use the technology to help veterans recover lost memories after combat. The agency is hoping to develop neuroprosthetic devices that directly interface with the brain’s hippocampus. The objective is to restore the declarative memories in the brain. “Declarative memories” are memories of people, events, facts, figures and other data that can be lost in the event of a brain injury.
Hopes for this research and technology are high and some critics have pointed out that no research has ever shown these types of memories can be restored once they are lost. Researchers have been able to reduce the number of other brain injury side effects, including tremors, seizures. And they have boosted memory by using deep brain stimulation. The team was inspired by the use of pacemakers to stimulate the heart. Like a pacemaker, a brain stimulator pulses electricity in to the brain.
DARPA continues to work towards its goal of developing a brain stimulator for the purposes of memory restoration. Though prior research has shown the ability to stimulate the brain of animals using brain prosthetics, the outlook for the project is daunting. Scientists do believe they can improve memory by helping the brain work the way it did before a traumatic brain injury. According to researchers, the idea is to improve brain processes so that a victim can access previously formed memories.
Though brain implant may sound like hopeful treatment, many victims will suffer for years, decades, or the rest of their life without returning to their former selves. Families know the pain and loss of brain injury long after an accident. An experienced advocate can help to ensure that victims and their families have the financial support they need to move forward after a brain injury.
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