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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Michael J. Owen, M.D., Ph.D. of Cardiff Univeristy, Expert on Schizophrenia
Michael J. Owen, M.D., Ph.D.
November 02, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its...
Jin Fan, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jin Fan, Ph.D.
November 02, 2012
Jin Fan, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to help identify...
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiff University Medical, Schizophrenia Expert
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
November 01, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its...
Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Expert in Schizophrenia
Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D.
October 15, 2012
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D., along with colleagues in his laboratory at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has...
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and acting chief, divisatric and Medical Genetics, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
October 11, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee,  Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., and NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Joseph A. Gogos, M.D., Ph.D, are the authors of a...

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