DOD agency commits $70M to develop brain-monitoring implant

The U.S. Department of Defense is launching a $70 million project involving the use of a brain monitoring implant to help soldiers better manage depression, stress and other related conditions. CNET reports that the DOD division known as DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) will develop a device inspired by brain pacemakers implanted in a patient's skull that use targeted electrical jolts to treat diseases such as epilepsy or Parkinson's. But the DOD version will monitor and analyze data and then kick in, depending on specific brain activity. DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez explained to CNET that the project, known as Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies, is a push to give soldiers a neurotechnology therapy option for conditions including chronic pain, fatigue, depression or severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Story