Implantable Neural Interface Device for Healing TBI
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has just awarded $5.6 million to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop an electronic device that can be implanted in the brains of injured soldiers who sustained a TBI, PTSD or both. The device (called a neural interface) will have multiple electrodes sealed in a bio-compatible material. Through recordings the electrodes will detect damaged brain circuits, and then stimulate those circuits to promote reorganization and restoration of normal function. Other medical research teams at universities such as NYU and UC Berkeley are working on development of similar devices with assistance from corporations including LLNL and Medtronic.