Brain Implant Could Help Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Form New Memories
Electrodes implanted in the hippocampus region of the brain could some day help the millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease form new memories.
Researchers from the University of Southern California and Wake Forest are building on previous research on electrode brain stimulation to help patients experiencing memory loss. Their method uses an algorithm to imitate how memories are translated from short-term to long-term.
Alzheimer’s patients are unable to form new long-term memories due to the damage done to their hippocampus, the memory region of the brain. The damaged areas cannot “translate” a memory, resulting in the inability to recall any memories formed since the damage began. In this study, algorithms used by the implanted electrodes were able to accurately process the damaged memory signals at an estimated 90 percent accuracy.
The next step in the research is to use the translated signal to properly form long-term memories by returning it to the undamaged regions of the hippocampus. While this technique is not intended as a cure or prevention of Alzheimer’s, it could help improve the quality of life for those who already suffer from this disabling condition.
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