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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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee Anne S. Bassett, M.D., FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Schizophrenia Genetics, expert on schizophrenia
Anne S. Bassett, M.D., FRCPC
January 14, 2013
A pilot study led by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee Anne S. Bassett, M.D., FRCPC of the University of Toronto and colleagues, shows a...
2012 Highlights: A Sampling of NARSAD Grants at Work
2012 Research Highlights
December 27, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation concludes its 25th year of awarding NARSAD Grants that have led to thousands of scientific achievements to improve...
Ariel V. Deutch, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology Director, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence Vanderbilt University Medical Center Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member 1997 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Expert on Schizophrenia
Ariel V. Deutch, Ph.D.
December 17, 2012
From The Quarterly, Fall 2012 Over more than a century, neuroscientists have built a framework for studying how the brain works based on the neuron doctrine,...
2005 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Christine I. Hooker, Ph.D., now an Associate Professor in Psychology at Harvard, expert on schizophrenia
Christine I. Hooker, Ph.D.
December 17, 2012
From The Quarterly, Fall 2012 Schizophrenia-associated deficits in cognition are not substantially improved by medication, but have been shown to improve with...
Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. of King's College in London, expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Robin M. Murray
November 30, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantees Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. and Philip McGuire, M.D., Ph.D., both professors at King's College Institute of...

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