first_imgMemory creation involves the translation of complex electrical signals across various regions of the hippocampus — a process that has now been successfully mimicked by a device USC researchers helped create.Professor Ted Berger and Research Associate Professor Dong Song of the Viterbi School of Engineering have collaborated with researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to develop a cutting-edge brain prosthesis that could help individuals struggling with memory loss.The device, which involves the implantation of a set of electrodes in the brain, can bypass damaged hippocampal regions to keep providing a correct translation of signals to the next intact region. Its design relies on an algorithm created by Song and decades of Berger’s research, as well as more than a decade-long partnership with Sam Deadwyler and Robert Hampson of the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist. The prosthesis was originally designed at USC and tested at Wake Forest Baptist, though both groups have now tested models.Though the device can translate electrical signals for other hippocampal regions, there is still no way to “read” a memory based solely on the translation of signals.“It’s like being able to translate from Spanish to French without being able to understand either language,” Berger told USC News.Next, researchers aim to send translated signals far enough into the process to generate long-term memory. It is currently supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and could help previously injured soldiers now struggling with memory loss.“Being able to predict neural signals with the USC model suggests that it can be used to design a device to support or replace the function of a damaged part of the brain,” Hampson told USC News.last_img read more


first_imgThe rich and unique culture of Guyana’s Indigenous peoples was showcased in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Sunday, as the Amerindian community of Speightland hosted its third Heritage observances.Some of the Indigenous delicacies on display as Speightland hosted its third Heritage observancesThe activity, which was hosted at the community’s playfield, showcased aspects such as Amerindian cuisine and dance.It was hosted in observance of Heritage month, which is currently being observed under the theme, “Maintaining traditional practices while promoting a Green Economy”. Residents of the small Amerindian farming community took pride in showcasing Amerindian delicacies and beverages such as the Tacoma worm, piwari, wildmeat and fish. A festive cultural programme kept the atmosphere alive as the Speightland, Surama and Rupertee culture dance groups presented traditional Amerindian dances supported by cultural Amerindian songs. A female cricket competition was also hosted which saw full support from residents.Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams in addressing the gathering said there was much to celebrate this month, despite numerous challenges.She also urged the community to look for solutions to any challenges they may face and to work together as a team for the good of the country.Meanwhile, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Alicock in his remarks emphasised the need to celebrate after hard work and successes. He also alluded to the importance of the residents working together, noting that unity is the best ingredient for building a community.During the celebrations, Minister Hastings-Williams also handed over a 12-month permit to the Speightland Logging and Agriculture Cooperative Society for the utilisation of the playfield. The field had in the past been subjected to issues regarding its ownership.Regional Community Development Officer Kevon Lorrimer, who is also President of the Agriculture Co-op, noted that the event was well supported by businesses in the region.last_img read more