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Dzirasa and Cook Named to American Society for Clinical Investigation

For young investigators who have contributed to understanding human disease

Kafui Dzirasa (left) MD, Ph.D., Stuart Cook, Ph.D.
Kafui Dzirasa (left) MD, Ph.D., Stuart Cook, Ph.D.

Two Duke University researchers were elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation for 2019. The society is comprised of physician-scientists who have made significant contributions, at a relatively young age, to the understanding of human disease. Membership is by election only, and only researchers who are 50 years of age or younger are eligible for nomination.

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and also affiliated with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.  His research involves using engineering approaches to uncover how changes in brain circuits lead to psychiatric illness.  He aims to develop new devices to repair brain circuits in individuals suffering from these devastating illnesses.

Stuart Alexander Cook, BsC, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, is the Tanoto Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre, and a distinguished clinician scientist and senior consultant with the department of cardiology at the National Heart Centre Singapore.  His research focuses on the genetics of cardiovascular disease with a particular interest in inherited cardiac conditions that cause electrical abnormalities of the heart and heart failure.

Dzirasa and Cook will be inducted to the society with a total of 80 new members from 46 different institutions at an induction dinner and ceremony on April 5, 2019 in Chicago.