HDIAC: DoD-DARPA Program Looks Into Memory Manipulation to Treat PTSD, TBI

BrainMapThe Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center has highlighted the Restoring Active Memory program of the Defense Department and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which seeks to address traumatic brain injuries.

HDIAC said Oct. 5 the program focuses on the development of a neuroprosthetic that works to help restore the memory function of an injured brain and potentially help with the recovery of servicemen with TBI.

RAM is among other efforts to explore the field of memory manipulation beyond memory restoration, the center added.

According to HDIAC, some research have looked into the possibility of erasing memories, particularly for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

It noted that an international team has created the Activated Synapse Targeting Photoactivatable Rac1 tool, which uses the biological technique called optogenetics to alter the memory formation process.

“Handling memories from erasing to restoring has far-reaching significance for the DoD,” HDIAC said.

“Those suffering from TBI or PTSD can potentially have their memories altered to restore the cognitive functions of memory, as well as erase or dull the impact of painful and stressful memories.”

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