Sunday, June 08, 2014

And the DARPA deep brain stimulation awards go to...

...UCSF and MGH!

Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to reduce the severity of neuropsychological illness in service members and veterans by developing closed-loop therapies that incorporate recording and analysis of brain activity with near-real-time neural stimulation. The program, which will use next-generation devices inspired by current Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) technology, was launched in support of President Obama’s brain initiative.

UCSF and MGH will oversee teams of physicians, engineers, and neuroscientists who are working together to develop advanced brain interfaces, computational models of neural activity, and clinical therapies for treating networks of the brain. The teams will collaborate with commercial industry and government, including researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Medtronic, to apply a broad range of perspectives to the technological challenges involved. 

Our Tale of Two BRAINS (#BRAINI and DARPA's SUBNETS) continues...

Image: DARPA

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At June 09, 2014 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is pretty obvious that the "helping the veterans" mission is just a cover, given how little the Government seems to care about veterans. This is rather ominous, especially when you get purely mercenary entities like Draper Labs involved. You know they are up to no good. There are huge neuroethical problems with this. Not the curing neurological illnesses aspect, of course, but potential abuses of this knowledge and techologies. So, let's hope this leads to nothing of substance, like most DARPA projects. Because if it does lead to major technologies of this type, we know that one day the NSA will find ways to exploit them to monitor and/or possibly control people's brains. Trust has been breached irrevocably and nobody can be called paranoid anymore because what seemed to be the most paranoid scenarios are turning out to be true!


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