The Next Generation of Neuropsychiatric Diagnostics & Therapeutics: Dr. Kafui Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. presents his proposal to research and develop a new type of “pacemaker for the brain” as a future therapy for mental illnesses.

What if the faulty brain network connections which result in psychiatric symptoms could be understood well enough to be reconnected with the aid of an implanted electronic device? Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. presents his proposal to research and develop a new type of “pacemaker for the brain” as a future therapy for mental illnesses.

"I came to learn about IMHRO when I was working on a film about my father whose untreated schizophrenia caused such pain in our family. As a physician I knew all too well that my story was common and I knew the desperate need for greater research into this illusive disease. When I heard of the ground breaking work the Staglins were doing thru their organization IMHRO, such as research into preventing schizophrenia from ever occuring, I hoped to meet them. When I did I was amazed by their non-stop energy and complete devotion to the cause. But most of all, I was moved by their sincere desire to share ideas with people from all backgrounds and fields. As I continue to create films to inspire empathy for those with mental illness, I remain inspired by the Staglins and what IMHRO has done to transform mental health research and improve lives. "

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