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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

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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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2012 Klerman Prizewinner, Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Iowa and 2008 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee
Jess Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D.
July 18, 2012
Six young scientists will be recognized with the Annual Klerman and Freedman Prizes by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation on Friday July 27, 2012 at...
July 17, 2012
Date: July 17, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Recognizes Six Exceptional Young Researchers for...
Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and expert in Depression
Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D.
July 13, 2012
A recently published study led by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member Robert Malenka, M.D, Ph.D. identifies a new molecular...
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D.,clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D.
July 09, 2012
Babies who have been exposed to antipsychotics during pregnancy have been shown to have abnormal neuromotor performance according to a study published in the...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Professor and Director of Psychiatric Genonomics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
July 05, 2012
A new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry on July 2 found that a family history of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder is a risk...

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