A research team at Yale University, including Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee and senior author Marina Picciotto, Ph.D., discovered a new potential cause of depression. The finding may lead to more...
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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population? See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research
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.
Visit the Schizophrenia Research Forum, fully sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation—a virtual community of scientists collaborating in their quest for causes, improved treatments, and better understanding of schizophrenia.
A recent study, led in part by NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Debra Titone, Ph.D. at McGill University, indicates that patients with schizophrenia are likely to have problems with reading fluency. This discovery may...
NARSAD Grantee Scott Russo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a team of researchers recently discovered that decreased expression of the protein...
The New York Times reported this week that 2012 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D. is among the “six leading scientists” who influenced the Obama administration’s decision to support a...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Acting President & CEO Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein appeared on the CNN Headline News program “Dr. Drew On Call” last night (Feb. 18, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET) and spoke out against the...