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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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August 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Invests $11.9 Million in NARSAD Grants for a New Generation of Mental Health Research (GREAT...
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D., three-time NARSAD Grantee and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.
August 15, 2012
Certain brain regions in people with major depression are smaller and less dense than those of their healthy counterparts. Why this occurs has been a major...
NARSAD Grantee Hongjun Song, Ph.D., professor of neurology and director of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Institute for Cell Engineering
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
August 09, 2012
In recent studies on mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering discovered how stem cells "eavesdrop" on communications between neurons...
NARSAD Grantee and 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research Prizewinner Carlos Zarate, M.D., and team, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Carlos Zarate, M.D.
August 07, 2012
NARSAD Grantee and 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research Prizewinner Carlos Zarate, M.D., and team, at the National Institute of Mental...
Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa, expert on mood disorders
Dr. Fiedorowicz
August 07, 2012
Jess Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, won the...

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