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DARPA Testing Brain Implants to Cure Mental Disorders in Soldiers

DARPA Testing Brain Implants to Cure Mental Disorders in Soldiers

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent

May 27, 2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released information on their new program Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) that will place an implant into the brain of participating patients to wirelessly monitor activity in real-time to facilitate treatments for mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression.

Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will be preforming the implant surgery.

The UCSF will be compensated $26 million and MGH will be given $30 million for their participation with DARPA and SUBNETS.

The idea behind SUBNETS stems from the theory that psychiatric issues can be measured and mapped by monitoring brain activity to give doctors a basis by which to determine what is normal and what necessitates pharmacological response.

The device being implanted into participants is being designed in order to “read what is happening in the brain and simulate multiple brain areas if abnormal activity is detected.”

Justin Sanchez, program manager for SUBNETS explained : “The brain is very different from all other organs because of its networking and adaptability. Real-time, closed-loop neural interfaces allow us to move beyond the traditional static view of the brain and into a realm of precision therapy.”

Sanchez continued: “This lack of understanding of how mental illness specifically manifests in the brain has limited the effectiveness of existing treatment options, but through SUBNETS we hope to change that. DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions—measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level—and develop therapeutic devices that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes.”

SUBNETS is expected to “help military personnel with psychiatric disorders”.

Earlier this year, President Obama devoted $100 million in taxpayer money to fund the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH); DARPA; and privately funded institutions such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Kavil Foundation (KF), and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (SIBS) will share in the initial $300 million Obama set aside to kick off the project.

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2 Responses to "DARPA Testing Brain Implants to Cure Mental Disorders in Soldiers"

  1. Trenton Weekes
    Trenton Weekes  May 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    No thank you… Not now… not ever.

  2. Valerie Kell
    Valerie Kell  May 29, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I am really having to bite my tongue in response to this.

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