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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.

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Helen Mayberg, M.D., Expert on depression and deep brain stimulation
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
January 10, 2014
Several NARSAD Grantees and Foundation Scientific Council Members were featured in an article titled “From the Lab to the Couch: Personalized Psychiatry in the...
Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D., expert on brain research and brain plasticity
Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D.
January 09, 2014
In 2013, NARSAD Grantee Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D., and team at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, used an innovative methodology to identify the “...
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D.
January 09, 2014
Scientists have demonstrated that there is a genetic component to schizophrenia, but it has proven difficult to identify which genes are most important to...
Andrew Miller, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine
Andrew Miller, M.D.
January 08, 2014
NARSAD Grantee Andrew Miller, M.D., is the senior author of a new study that demonstrates improvements in symptoms of depression in patients with high...
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...

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