BRAIN initiative program aims to help soldiers regain lost memory

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The University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania have been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to lead its Restoring Active Memory program. The goal of the program, part of President Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative launched in April 2013, is to help current and former servicemembers recover memory lost due to traumatic brain injury or disease via the creation of wireless, implantable "neuroprosthetics."

UCLA will receive up to $15 million and Penn will receive up to $22.5 million over four years, according to DARPA.

"We owe it to our service members to accelerate research that can minimize the long-term impacts of their injuries" DARPA Program Manager Justin Sanchez said in an announcement. "Through the ... program, DARPA aims to better understand the underlying neurological basis of memory loss and speed the development of innovative therapies." Announcement