Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Grantee Xiang Cai, Ph.D., used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to study malfunction in communication between brain cells as a potential cause of depression. Instead of focusing...
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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.
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc., with the support of a NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant, used innovative family-based methods to study genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia. The results of the research team’s work,...
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has funded nearly $300 million in NARSAD Research Grants to understand the causes and improve treatments for mental illness. Funding work across a broad range of psychiatric...
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, joined members of the Obama administration and prominent figures in government and neuroscience at the White House for the...
Researchers at the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine have identified for the first time how two brain regions interact to promote emotionally motivated behaviors associated with anxiety and reward. The...