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MSU lecture to focus on brain implant for memory loss

November 17, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A biomedical engineer who is developing a computer chip to help people with memory loss will give a free public lecture on Friday, Dec. 12, at Montana State University.

Theodore Berger, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, will speak on"Toward a Hippocampal Neural Prosthesis: Implantable Biomimetic Electronics to Restore Lost Memory Function" at 5 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Student Union Building. A reception will follow in the Leigh Lounge.

Most of Berger's current research is focused on the hippocampus, a nerve system essential for learning and memory. Berger is engineering a computer chip brain implant to help people with memory loss, such as those with Alzheimer's disease.

Berger's lecture is part of the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which was established in 1991 by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, set up the seminar series, as well as the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, to provide support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series will feature four seminars annually, with talks given by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

To read more about Berger and his research projects, visit http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2007-04/memory-hacker.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu