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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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Dolores Emory Donor, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
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Scientific Council Member Helen Mayberg, MD of Emory University
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
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The 2011 Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners
2011 Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners
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Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. of Columbia University
Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H.
January 06, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. and colleagues at Columbia University have discovered that there is an increased risk for...
Kelsey C. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Kelsey C. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
January 05, 2012
In 2011, the Foundation awarded $1.5 million in NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants to fund 15 brilliant scientists. The NARSAD Distinguished Investigator...

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