Schizophrenia

Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

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Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and generally disabling brain and behavior disorder. It is most accurately described as a psychosis - a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thoughts, speech, and behavior. Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Positive symptoms may include delusions, thought disorders, and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear, or believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. Negative symptoms may include avolition (a lack of desire or motivation to accomplish goals), lack of desire to form social relationships, and blunted affect and emotion. Cognitive symptoms involve problems with attention and memory, especially in planning and organization to achieve a goal. Cognitive deficits are the most disabling for patients trying to lead a normal life.

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Christopher R. Bowie, Ph.D., C.Psych., Director, Cognitive and Psychotic Disorders Laboratory and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology & Psychiatry, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, Expert on Schizophrenia
Dr. Christopher Bowie
February 19, 2013
Dr. Christopher Bowie used his 2007 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to conduct a study that shows how...
NARSAD Grantee Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Ph.D., , expert on schizophrenia, at the Institute for Comprehensive Medical Science, Fujita Health University and the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan
Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Ph.D.
February 12, 2013
Researchers have discovered a protein deficiency that results in mild chronic brain inflammation and is thought to lead to schizophrenia-related symptoms, such...
John L. R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D., Brain Researcher, expert in schizophrenia and autism
John Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
February 07, 2013
Collaborating researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed an atlas of the brain’s “...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D. of Georgia Regents University, expert on schizophrenia
Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D.
February 01, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D. of Georgia Regents University and colleagues have...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr., Ph.D., D.O., M.H.S.
Dr. Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr.
January 25, 2013
Researchers led by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr., Ph.D., D.O., M.H.S. have...

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