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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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Paul H. Patterson, Ph.D.,  NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee
Paul H. Patterson, Ph.D
November 30, 2011
I recently wrote a book intended for the general public in which I examine the involvement of the immune system in autism, schizophrenia and major depressive...
Dr. Ezra Susser
November 29, 2011
  NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, has been awarded the 2011 Rema Lapous Award by the APHA (American Public Health Association...
Emily Severance, Ph.D
Emily Severance, Ph.D
November 22, 2011
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Emily G. Severance presented the 2011 Gloria Neidorf Memorial Lecture in October at the Brain & Behavior Research...
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
November 21, 2011
“My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was a little boy. She lost custody of us. I was raised by my dad. No one even told me my mother was mentally...
Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD
Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD
November 21, 2011
Scientific Council Member Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD and colleagues have conducted key research revealing for the first time how alterations to gene expression...

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