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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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James Frederick Leckman, MD, Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics and of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.
James F. Leckman, M.D.
May 25, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, James F. Leckman, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, is one of...
Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University
Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D.
May 22, 2012
NARSAD-funded researchers discovered that new nerve cells formed in the hypothalamus section of the brain could lead to weight gain. The study by Johns Hopkins...
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology at Harvard ADHD expert
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.
May 18, 2012
NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee, Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D., is one of the authors of a new study that found that mice carrying a certain mutated form of...
Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D., scizophrenia
Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D.
May 17, 2012
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D. has led a team of scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine in...
Ron Davis, Ph.D. Expert on Memory from Scripps Research Institute
Ron Davis, Ph.D.
May 15, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Ron Davis, Ph.D., is the lead author of a new study that identified a mechanism essential for both forming memories...

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