Dzirasa Publishes Anti-racism Op-eds

Also interviewed by NPR on neuroscience 'whiteness problem'

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Picture of Dr. Dzirasa

DIBS Faculty Network Member Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, has published a series of op-eds in several scientific journals to help colleagues understand, "the long history of structural racism in America and how history has led to this moment.” More about Dzirasa and the series HERE, from the medical school. 

Dzirasa discussed similar issues with NPR,  noting he came to Duke to study neuroscience, in part, because his family has experienced mental health issues such as schizophrenia and depression. He was excited to be researching, "...how to make science relevant to ultimately helping my own family." Dzirasa, who is of African heritage, soon learned of a problem with the genetic data he was studying: their source was people of European, not African, ancestry. He is now involved in a research effort to address the "whiteness problem" in neuroscience research; NPR interviewed him on this critically important subject.