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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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Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and acting chief, divisatric and Medical Genetics, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
October 11, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee,  Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., and NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Joseph A. Gogos, M.D., Ph.D, are the authors of a...
24th Annual New York City Mental Health Research Symposium
Symposium
October 10, 2012
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will hold its 24th Annual Mental Health Research Symposium on Friday, October 26th from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. at...
October 05, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (GREAT NECK, N.Y. – October 9, 2012) The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will hold its 24th Annual Mental Health Research...
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D. of Boston Children's Hospital, expert in anxiety
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.
October 04, 2012
NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee, Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., is one of the authors of a new study that starts to identify precisely how stress, social...
Mark S. George, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Expert on Depression and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Mark S. George, M.D.
October 02, 2012
On September 25, 2012, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presented the latest webinar in the “Meet the Scientist” series titled “New Ways to...

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