The U.S. military has chosen two universities to lead a program to develop brain implants to restore memory to veterans who have suffered brain injuries, officials said at a news conference yesterday, July 8.
The Restoring Active Memory RAM program is a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA, the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense charged with developing next-generation technologies for the military. The initiative aims to develop wireless, fully implantable “neuroprosthetics” for service members suffering from traumatic brain injury or illness, DARPA Program Manager Justin Sanchez said at the news conference.
I have been privileged to be a panelist a number of times for grant panels at the CSUSB’s Office of Technology Transfer. Many of the grant applications focused on limiting or treating traumatic brain injury. It has been the armed forces top priority since the start of the Iraq war. How now is it that an ‘insurance style’ bureaucracy is denying care? Cost?
…reviewers called the Tricare study “deeply flawed,” “unacceptable” and “dismaying.” One top scientist called the assessment a “misuse” of science designed to deny treatment for service members.
Supporting the troops is more than saying thank you. WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THIS OUTRAGE.