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Kafui Dzirasa Joins Policy, Research Leaders on D.C. Panel

DIBS Faculty Network Member praises the promise of precision medicine

From Research!America:

Mental health in this country is not getting the attention it deserves, says Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30). During Research!America’s 29th Annual Meeting of Members on March 14 in Washington, D.C., Rep. Johnson stressed the importance of early intervention and “assertive community treatment” to successfully address mental illness nationwide.

[Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, was also on the panel.] "[he] expressed excitement about the future of precision medicine as it relates to the treatment of psychiatric conditions.' One of the available treatments for depression is psychotherapy. So think of psychotherapy as the best precision medicine there is. You literally have a treatment that’s being tailored to the person in front of you,' he said. 'And certainly we have to get there in the form of treatments that require medication, pharmacological agents or brain stimulation, but it does demonstrate that in the case of psychiatric illness, if you can tune the right thing for the right person you can get a clinical outcome.' "

Dr. Dzirasa, second from right, with his fellow Research!America panelists. (Photo courtesy of Research!America.)

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