By John Hamilton, September 24, 2020, All Things Considered.
Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families.
His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways.
Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family."
Dzirasa also realized that people with his ancestry were missing not only from genetics research but from the entire field of brain science.