NARSAD Young Investigator Melanie Carless, Ph.D., at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research is working on a breakthrough in process – she has designed a study to investigate gene expression differences between...
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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.
Visit the Schizophrenia Research Forum, fully sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation—a virtual community of scientists collaborating in their quest for causes, improved treatments, and better understanding of schizophrenia.
This week Guy Fessenden is running through Dallas, Texas, continuing his journey across the United States in a personal campaign – ‘A Father’s Journey’ – to raise money in support of breakthrough scientific research for...
Drs. Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi from Duke University and King’s College London, were honored with the 2010 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Childhood Psychiatric Disorders at the NARSAD National ‘...
Combining Two Types of Antidepressants Produces Stronger Effect; Mouse Study May Help Patients for Whom Existing Antidepressants Are Not Effective
When it comes to antidepressants, two may be better than one. When...
On October 29, 2010, NARSAD awarded six distinguished scientists for their Outstanding Achievements in mental health research. Dr. Robert C. Malenka from Stanford University received the Goldman-Rakic Prize for...