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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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Olivier Berton, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Olivier Berton, Ph.D.
March 05, 2014
In research initiated with the support of a 2008 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Olivier Berton, Ph.D., led a team that has found what may be a new target for...
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
March 05, 2014
Depression is a major public health concern worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. While there...
Victor Carrion, M.D., PTSD Expert Researcher
Victor Carrion, M.D.
March 04, 2014
Working with 7th graders in a low-income, high-crime area of Palo Alto, CA, researchers led by 2000 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Victor Carrion, M.D.,...
Jingchun Sun, Ph.D., expert on addiction
Jingchun Sun, Ph.D.
February 28, 2014
Two recipients of NARSAD Young Investigator Grants have published results of a novel study in which computers and a sophisticated mathematical approach were...
Brian M. D’Onofrio, Ph.D., Expert on mental illness
Brian M. D’Onofrio, Ph.D.
February 27, 2014
A new research study published on February 26th in the journal JAMA Psychiatry offers further evidence that children born to middle-aged men are more likely...

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