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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.
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Guy A. Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Distinguished Investigator and colleagues, have discovered the presence of genetic mutations in schizophrenia patients but not their parents.
Using a combination of genetic engineering and laser technology, Garret D. Stuber, PhD, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator and colleagues have discovered the role of connections between two...
Hongjun Song, Ph.D., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Independent Investigator and colleagues, developed computer programs and devised a new imaging technique that allowed them to examine stained slices of...