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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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Rachael Neve, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on ptsd
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Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia research
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Jay N. Giedd, M.D., Expert on child and adolescent psychiatric research
Jay N. Giedd, M.D.
January 17, 2014
Congratulations to Jay N. Giedd, M.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health on receiving the 2013 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and...
Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D., Expert brain researcher
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January 17, 2014
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Melissa Rolls, Ph.D., neuron regeneration expert
Melissa Rolls, Ph.D.
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2006 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Melissa Rolls, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director, Center for Cellular...

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