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25 Years of Breakthroughs: Fathering Late in Life Increases the Risk of Schizophrenia for Children
In 2001, NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Dolores Malaspina, M.D. concluded that having an older father increases the risk of developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia has strong genetic components, including de novo genetic mutations, and this study shows there is a higher risk of these mutations as paternal age increases. In fact, men having children over the age of 50 triple the likelihood of their children developing the illness.
Read a scientific abstract of this study
Read an article by Scientific Council President, Herbert Pardes, M.D. from 2003 discussing the progress that's been made in the field of Mental Health Research. In it, he mentions how NARSAD Grant Funding has played an essential role in Dr. Malaspina's work as well as many others'
Watch a video filmed last year of Dr. Pardes speaking about the current state of mental health research and his take on how far it has come
From Despair — Motivating Love and Joyous Art, a hopeful recovery story about a woman using art to overcome her struggles with Schizophrenia and inspiring her family to do whatever they can to help and support her.