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A Cognitive Implant to Restore Memory


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A multidisciplinary team of researchers from around the world work with Dr. Theodore Berger of the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of South California in the United States. They have created a microchip and implanted it in the brain of rats. By operating the system, these animals remembered. Closing it, they forgot…

This cognitive implant could improve the memory lost as a result of injury or disease. The work of researchers has focused on the transfer of short-term memory to long-term memory associated with the learning process that allows the hippocampus. The hippocampus of the brain is one of the first structures affected in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Cognitive implant duplicates the signals associated with short-term memory to transfer in long-term memory, mimicking the function of the hippocampus.

The team will now experience this implant in primates and, hopefully, continue to work with people with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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