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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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Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D., expert on depression and PTSD
Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D.
February 19, 2014
Researchers led by 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, have made a major new discovery...
Hongjun Song, Ph.D., expert on dna methylation
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
February 18, 2014
DNA methylation is a process, in normal development, whereby cells turn off genes they don’t need by attaching a chemical methyl group to the DNA. Historically...
Ofer Pasternak, Ph.D., brain and behavior researcher
Ofer Pasternak, Ph.D.
February 14, 2014
In an article printed February 4th in The New York Times, Jeff Z. Klein presented the results of research which involved three NARSAD Grantees and was...
Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D.
February 13, 2014
The brain forms its thicket of connections early in life, but additions to its wiring diagram may be made even in adulthood, according to a study published in...
Nicholas Kristof, pulitzer prizewinning columnist for the New York Times
Nicholas Kristof
February 11, 2014
On February 8th, two-time Pulitzer Prizewinner Nicholas Kristof used his column in the Sunday Review section of The New York Times to publish “Inside a Mental...

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