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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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Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., inventor of optogenetics and expert on depression
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
September 08, 2005
Karl Deisseroth used his 2005 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to develop optogenetics, a new technology that has revolutionized systems neuroscience by...
Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on mental illness
Francis S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
June 29, 2005
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...
Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., expert on phobias and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
November 01, 2004
In groundbreaking work, Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., with the aid of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, discovered that targeted medication can improve the...
Daniel Weinberger, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Daniel Weinberger, M.D.
November 01, 2003
Daniel Weinberger, M.D., received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantin 2000 to take an innovative approach in the search to identify genes that increase...
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
March 01, 2003
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) was developed in the late 1980s; however it was not tested as a potential treatment for resistant depression until Helen Mayberg,...

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