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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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Jay N. Giedd, M.D., expert researcher on the teen brain and schizophrenia
Jay N. Giedd, M.D.
April 28, 2014
The interaction between genes and the environment have long been known to influence the brain and behavior. The cerebral cortex, the most highly evolved human...
Barbara J. Weiland, Ph.D., expert on substance abuse and use disorders
Barbara J. Weiland, Ph.D.
April 25, 2014
Barbara J. Weiland, Ph.D., now of the University of Colorado, Boulder, used her 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to study substance abuse in young people...
Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D., expert on autism research
Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.
April 24, 2014
Two recipients of NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants report new research results suggesting a promising new approach to treat a serious neurological...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on brain and behavior research, depression research, optogenetics and clarity
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
April 22, 2014
Today’s Science Times profiles the work of a Stanford psychiatrist and basic scientist, Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., who has developed two important new...
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D.
April 21, 2014
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, including 2007 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of...

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