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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Hongjun  Song, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
January 07, 2014
Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is intrigued about niches in a brain structure called the hippocampus where stem cells live and...
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Expert in Schizophrenia Research
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
January 06, 2014
In 2008, Foundation Scientific Council Member Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. from the University of Washington—widely known for her discovery of a mutation in a gene...
Todd Lencz, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Todd Lencz, Ph.D.
January 02, 2014
A research team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has found a genetic overlap between the risk for developing schizophrenia and for some general...
Daniel Weinberger, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Daniel Weinberger, M.D.
December 30, 2013
Daniel Weinberger, M.D., received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantin 2000 to take an innovative approach in the search to identify genes that increase...
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
December 20, 2013
With support from a NARSAD Grant in 1996, Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues identified a novel transcription factor that determines the long-lasting...

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