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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
HomeHealthCeteraWhat if we treated mental disorders as a brain electrical circuit malfunction?

What if we treated mental disorders as a brain electrical circuit malfunction?

kzrgbzpoWhat if mental disorders were caused by electrical changes in the brain?”

At TEDMED 2016, Kafui Dzirasa MD, PhD., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University explained why mental disorders like bipolar disorder and other mental disorders are more than just chemical imbalances.

Dr. Kzirasa is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He’s also an engineer.  He talks about his personal experience with family members with mental disorders and his deep frustration by the slow progress in better understanding these mental disorders. He is committed to finding answers that will move the needle to advancing major breakthroughs in brain science.


In this interview hear Dzirasa’s short tutorial on the workings of the brain and how the next steps in research will require a bold engineering approach to address mental disorders.


In his lifetime, he wants to help his own family members living with a mental disorder and future family members. His ultimate goal is to combine his engineering background, medical training, and community experience to improve outcomes for families devastated by neurological and psychiatric illness.


This interview will air on HealthCetera on Thursday, December 22 at 1:30 PM ET on wbai 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio and streamed live on

You can also listen to Dr. Dzirasa’s interview here on iTunes



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<p>Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and ‘grams @blickstein.</p>

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