Agency Initiative Will Focus on Advancing Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Helen Mayberg, a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program, was recently featured in The New York Times. Click here to view the full article.

The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as Darpa, announced Thursday that it intended to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants, either by improving deep brain stimulation or by developing new technology.

Dr. Helen Mayberg, a neuroscientist at Emory University School of Medicine who has pioneered work on deep brain stimulation and depression, said, “Darpa’s initiative says in no uncertain terms that we want to concentrate on human beings.” She said she was particularly pleased with the emphasis on deep brain stimulation: “This adds to a growing recognition that this approach to brain disease is a promising strategy.”