Schizophrenia

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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Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., world-renowned geneticist and schizophrenia researcher
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
January 27, 2014
A World-Renowned Breast Cancer Geneticist Tackles the Genetics of Serious Mental Illness From The Quarterly, Spring 2014 In 2006, Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., one...
Shaun M. Purcell, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Shaun M. Purcell, Ph.D.
January 27, 2014
From The Quarterly, Spring 2014 A team led by scientists who have received funding from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has searched the protein-...
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
January 27, 2014
From The Quarterly, Spring 2014 Mary-Claire King calls it her “Anna Karenina Hypothesis.” Just as Tolstoy observed that “every unhappy family is unhappy in its...
Shaun Purcell, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia Research
Shaun Purcell, Ph.D.
January 27, 2014
Two independent studies conducted by scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States show that rare genetic changes found in the DNA of people with...
Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia research
Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.
January 17, 2014
Congratulations to Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University on receiving the 2013 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia...

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