Part of a new $37.5 million life science grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been made available to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. The research funding will be shared with fellow science researchers at the University of Pennsylvania to build and test wireless implantable devices that can detect memory deficits caused by injury and try to restore normal function. The purpose of these devices is to help improve brain function for service members, veterans and others after traumatic brain injury or disease.
“Anyone who has witnessed the effects of memory loss in another person knows its toll and how few options are available to treat it. We’re going to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in RAM to develop new options for treatment through technology,” said DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez. “The research produced by this new program is poised to uncover new knowledge of human memory and provide an even greater understanding of the human brain. Most importantly, the end result will be a game-changer in restoring memory to individuals who suffer from brain diseases and disorders, with the potential to change millions of lives.”
The research teams at both UCLA and UPenn are multidisciplinary and made up of universities, government research institutions and private companies. The University of California, Los Angeles will receive up to $15 million of the life science grant over four years, while the University of Pennsylvania will receive $22.5 million.
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The University of California, Los Angeles receives a wealth of research funding on a yearly basis. In the last three years, UCLA has received over $1 billion in new research funding per year. The University of California, Los Angeles also receives life science grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. In 2013, UCLA Clinical received $13.3 million from the NIH. In FY 2013-2014 year to date, the University of California, Los Angeles has received $825.6 million in new research funding in total.
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