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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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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,...
Scientific Council Member, Dennis Charney, M.D., Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Medical Center - expert on mood disorders and anxiety
Dennis Charney, M.D.
October 18, 2012
Scientific Council Member Dennis Charney, M.D., who will be the commentator at the Foundation’s 24th Annual Mental Health Research Symposium on October 26th,...
Danielle Zavala, 26-year old from Austin Texas living a productive life, recovering from borderline personality disorder
Danielle Zavala
October 17, 2012
A young woman with borderline personality disorder uses social media to transform the pain of her experience into benefit for others. From The Quarterly,...
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member, NARSAD Grantee, and expert on Ketamine
Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.
October 16, 2012
A podcast on National Public Radio, ‘Ketamine Relieves Depression by Restoring Brain Connections’ features Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D., a Brain & Behavior...
Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Expert in Schizophrenia
Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D.
October 15, 2012
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D, Ph.D., along with colleagues in his laboratory at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has...

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