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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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Jin Fan, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jin Fan, Ph.D.
November 02, 2012
Jin Fan, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to help identify...
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiff University Medical, Schizophrenia Expert
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
November 01, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its...
Breakthroughs - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Video
Breakthroughs Video
October 31, 2012
Watch the videoThe Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been awarding NARSAD Grants for 25 years now – and celebrated the occasion Friday, October 26th...
NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee, Gregory E. Miller, Ph.D., of the University of British Columbia, expert on Depression
Gregory E. Miller, Ph.D.
October 25, 2012
An article by Maia Szalavitz of Time Magazine highlights a new study which found that social rejection during the teen years can have adverse effects on the...
Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurobiology, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center
Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D.
October 23, 2012
Optogenetics, a new technology invented by Scientific Council Member Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., with the help of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant in 2005,...

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