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UCSF Team Wins $26 Million Grant to Build Brain Implant

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A team led by UCSF neuroscientists has won federal funding to build an implantable brain device that would record and analyze live electrical signals, then alter them to retrain the brain to recover from mental illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The funding, announced Monday night, comes from a U.S. Department of Defense agency that is focused on improving understanding of brain disorders, including illnesses that often affect service members and veterans, and developing new engineering-based treatments.
The UCSF team – which includes scientists from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Cornell and New York universities – will receive up to $26 million for the project. The funding is part of $100 million set aside by President Obama for his national Brain Initiative announced in April 2013.
Read more at SFGate

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