The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) intends to spend more than $70 million over five years on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) research, under the support of the Obama administration “BRAIN” Initiative.

Pres. Obama announcement of the “BRAIN” Initiative, (Photo: N.Y. Times)

DARPA created the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program to pursue advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology that will attempt to develop and apply therapies that incorporate near real-time recording, analysis and stimulation in next-generation devices inspired by current Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

It is part of the Obama administration BRAIN Initiative — “a bold new research effort to revolutionize understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury”.

Pres. Obama, BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation, April 2013.

More details:
“Agency Initiative Will Focus on Advancing Deep Brain Stimulation”, New York Times
SUBNETS Aims for Systems-Based Neurotechnology and Understanding for the Treatment of Neuropsychological Illnesses, D.A.R.P.A.
President Obama BRAIN Initiative, Whitehouse

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