AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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UT Southwestern Collaborates to Develop Device to Combat Memory Loss From Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease

UT Southwestern, along with other leading universities, have come together to develop new technologies to improve the memories of patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers plan to electrical stimulation to find ways to improve brain function and memory in patients who already receive this type of brain stimulation for treatment of epilepsy. They will try to determine if receiving this type of stimulation during memory activities will help increase their memory ability. “If memory can be improved in patients who have electrodes implanted to treat epilepsy – and who frequently have mile memory impairment – then we will have gained valuable information on how to restore memory function in patients with traumatic brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Bradley Lega, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Psychiatry, who leads the Dallas arm of the study. Click here to read more. 

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