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Dr. Berger's "Memory Chip" approach lauded by National Academy of Engineering
March 4, 2008
With knowledge of the proper signaling patterns in healthy brains, engineers have begun to design computer chips that mimic the brainís own communication skills. Such chips
could be useful in cases where healthy brain tissue is starved for information because of the barrier imposed by damaged tissue. In principle, signals from the healthy tissue
could be recorded by an implantable chip, which would then generate new signals to bypass the damage.
doc: Reverse-Engineer The Brain - Engineering Challenges MAR 2008.pdf
Dr. Berger's "Memory Chip" featured in Business Week
August 27, 2007
Doctors treating stroke patients who suffer from memory loss would like to replace damaged brain tissue with semi-conductors. Working with rats, a team of scientists led by
University of Southern California's Theodore W. Berger learned how neurons responsible for memory react to varying patterns of electrical stimulation. They've turned those reactions
into equations on chips, which will soon be implanted in a rat's hippocampus.
doc: Boosting Our Gray Matter - Business Week Sep 2007 150DPI.pdf
The Biomedical Simulations Resource Center organizes short course entitled "Modeling nonlinear synaptic dynamics using EONS"
June 18, 2007
Neuroscientists from all over the US with different backgrounds and expertise in terms of experimental work, electrophysiology and modeling were invited to attend,
joined by several USC graduate students. The EONS synaptic modeling platform was presented and a round table organized to discuss the current status and future
extensions to the platform. The consensus outlined the successful research and development strategy chosen by Dr. Bergerís laboratory as well as the utilization
of the platform, not only in research, but also in educational settings.
EONS [Elementary Objects of the Nervous System] is a modeling platform developed in Dr. Bergerís lab dedicated to studying the complex dynamics occurring in
glutamatergic synapses, essential elements in the transmission of information in the nervous system. For further details on the modeling platform, a more
thorough description is available on the EONS website
. EONS is being licensed by
for in-silico drug discovery studies in the central nervous system.
link: EONS website
Dr. Berger featured in David Ignatius' Washington Post column "The Ideas Engine Needs A Tuneup."
June 3, 2007
David Ignatius reports from the Highlands Conference, a Pentagon-funded group that brings together defense officials
and scientists for regular discussions. Dr. Berger's presentation and the Center for Neural Engineering research
was particularly noted as "most impressive."
doc: The Ideas Engine Needs A Tuneup - Washington Post Jun 2007.pdf
KVOA NBC-TV broadcasts feature on SENTRI gunshot recognition developed by the Laboratory for Neural Dynamics
April 19, 2007
Safety Dynamics of Tucson, AZ commercializes the gunshot recognition developed by the Theodore W. Berger Labs at USC. The local
NBC-affiliate ran a feature story on how gunshot recognition developed by the USC Neural Labs might have helped police during the
Virginia Tech shootings.
doc: High-tech Tucson System Could Have Helped Police - KVOA-NBC Apr 2007.pdf
Popular Science publishes feature article on Berger Labs research on brain implants
April 1, 2007
Ted Berger has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can recreate thoughts. The chip would remedy everything from Alzheimer's
to absent-mindedness — and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch.
doc: The Memory Hacker - Popular Science Apr 2007.pdf
Scientific American publishes article on brain chip progress at Berger Labs
January 22, 2007
Supplanting the human brain with computer power has been a staple of science fiction. Scientific American
at the replacement of damaged brain tissue in rats with a neural prosthesis at the Neural Engineering Labs at USC.
doc: Chipping In - SciAmerican Feb 2007.pdf
Dr. Berger to serve as panelist for Neurotech Leaders Forum
September 29-30, 2006
This two-day conference offers an exclusive forum for neurotechnology executives and entrepreneurs to interact
with investors, technologists, and potential partners who are actively working to grow this new and exciting
industry. The schedule of presentations and panel discussions features a host of experts with a wealth of
information on the neurotechnology industry and the investment community.
Expert Panel to Report on Brain-to-Computer Interface (BCI) Research Abroad in Free One-Day Workshop
July 21, 2006
This summer, an expert panel, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and other agencies, chaired by Dr. Theodore W. Berger,
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at USC, is visiting the leading labs in Europe.
This study is intended to gather information on the worldwide status and trends in brain-computer interface research for the
benefit of government decision makers and the research community. The study panelists will gather hands-on information on BCI
research abroad that will be useful to the U.S. Government in its own programs.
Findings of this study will be presented at a free one-day workshop to be held at the National Science Foundation in Arlington,
Virginia on July 21, 2006.
Dr. Berger to speak at ICDR Conference on Improving Cognitive Performance
June 29-30, 2006
The Federal Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) and its Subcommittee on Technology (IST), is hosting conference on
"Technology for Improving Cognitive Performance," scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday, June 29-30, 2006 at the
Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
The purpose of this two-day event is to create a national forum for clinicians, researchers, consumers, providers, advocates
and industry to share information and innovative ideas about this developing field.
Dr. Berger featured in N. Carolina News14 "Tech Talk" television program
May 30, 2006
A neuroscientist has developed the first artificial brain part, a hippocampus that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease. "There's
no reason why we can't think in terms of artificial brain parts in the same way we can think in terms of artificial eyes and artificial
ears," said Theodore Berger, who does research at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Berger speaks at the Almaden Institute conference on Cognitive Computing
May 10, 2006
The Almaden Institute is held annually at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. The Institute brings
together eminent, innovative thinkers from academia, government, industry, research labs and the media for an intellectually charged,
stimulating and vigorous dialogue that addresses fundamental challenges at the very edge of science and technology.
The 2006 Almaden Institute focused on the theme of "Cognitive Computing" and will examine scientific and technological issues around
the quest to understand how the human brain works.
Cognitive Prosthesis research and Dr. Berger are mentioned in The New Atlantis Winter 2006 edition
Adam Keiper, managing editor of The New Atlantis
, "A Journal of Technology and Society," writes in his article "The Age of
Neuroelectronics" of the "only serious effort to create a ‘cognitive prosthesis’" referring to the work of Dr. Berger's
team of researchers at the University of Southern California.