Efforts Underway to Develop Brain Prosthetic to Improve Memory in Servicemembers with TBI

Artificial body parts (prosthetics) can help restore function and improve one’s quality of life. While they’re available for limbs, the face and even internally (through implants), research is now underway to develop one for the brain.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is contributing $50 million toward these efforts. The goal is to find a way to treat people with brain injuries, in particular, memory function to military men and women with TBI.

One of the projects currently underway is Restoring Active Memory (RAM). What researchers hope to accomplish is the development of an implantable neural device. Clinical trials would involve individuals with memory problems. A successful outcome (restored memory) could help significantly improve service men and women’s quality of life.

The Pentagon plans to focus on treatment of other health conditions as well. For instance, they would like to find a way to help restore movement control in people with Parkinson’s. Another goal is finding better treatment options for mental health illness, such as depression.

Traumatic brain injuries are a serious concern for our military men and women. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in hundreds of thousands of military members suffering brain injuries. And for some of the long-term effects linked to TBI (such as memory), there aren’t successful therapies available.

What our veterans do have is the ability to collect disability benefits with a service-connected brain injury. In fact, it’s become easier to get disability for a TBI. And for those who also have an accompanying illness, it could lead to an increase in benefits. This may include those with Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorder, dementia, depression and hormone deficiency diseases. To learn more about qualifying, talk with a veterans disability attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group if denied benefits: 855-855-8992 or contact us online.