Kafui Dzirasa

What if mental illness could be treated with electrical engineering?

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About Kafui Dzirasa

As the first African American to complete a PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University, psychiatrist Kafui Dzirasa is pushing the limits in more ways than one. His research is focused on rethinking the framework that currently dictates the way we diagnose, view, and treat mental illness. Through his work, Kafui hopes to reveal links between brain circuit malfunction and symptoms of mental illness, with the ultimate goal of producing neuroelectrical stimulation remedies for these diseases. Kafui is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Duke University School of Medicine. In 2008, he was recognized as one of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Young Leaders of the Future and his laboratory has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes. Kafui was a TEDMED Speaker in 2016 and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board.

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At his Duke University lab, psychiatrist Kafui Dzirasa studies the brain’s electrical rhythms and their connections to mental illness. Tune in to Kafui's 2016 TEDMED Talk to learn how he's working to reduce the stigma of psychiatric illness by engineering approaches to retune our electrical brain.

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