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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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Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University, used a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, expert on depression and suicide
Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.
December 10, 2012
Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University, used a NARSAD Young Investigator...
Steven Laviolette, Ph.D., NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee from Western University, expert on PTSD
Steven Laviolette, Ph.D.
December 06, 2012
Research being done in the laboratory of NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Steven Laviolette, Ph.D. has revealed a way to suppress memories that may lead to...
Elisabeth Binder, M.D., Ph.D., Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, expert on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Elisabeth Binder, M.D., Ph.D.
December 04, 2012
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Elisabeth Binder, M.D., Ph.D., Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, was part of a study group...
Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., Marie B. Gale Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. An internationally recognized expert in the treatment of childhood mood disorders
Dr. Karen Dineen Wagner
December 03, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its...
Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. of King's College in London, expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Robin M. Murray
November 30, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantees Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. and Philip McGuire, M.D., Ph.D., both professors at King's College Institute of...

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