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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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Yun Li, Ph.D., Expert Researcher on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome
Yun Li, Ph.D.
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With the support of a 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, researchers at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts have...
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D.
January 05, 2014
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health used a 2005 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant to further studies on what is being...
Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on mental illness
Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
January 04, 2014
Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., of Weill Cornell Medical College, was the recipient of two NARSAD Young Investigator Grants (in 2002 and 2005) that supported...
Cameron Craddock, Ph.D., Expert on depression
Cameron Craddock, Ph.D.
January 03, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosts a video on Everyday Health that features the work of NARSAD Grantees Cameron Craddock, Ph.D. and Helen Mayberg, M.D. They discuss how...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., inventor of optogenetics and expert on depression
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
January 03, 2014
Karl Deisseroth used his 2005 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to develop optogenetics, a new technology that has revolutionized systems neuroscience by...

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