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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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Christopher Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on autism
Christopher Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
September 22, 2014
Two-time NARSAD Grantee (1998 and 2008) Christopher Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Division of Genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues, have...
Daniel C. Javitt, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Daniel C. Javitt
September 18, 2014
As part of their illness, people with schizophrenia develop problems with cognition—thinking processes like memory, learning and understanding. This extends to...
Anil Malhotra, M.D. - Brain and Behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Anil Malhotra, M.D.
September 16, 2014
Among people with schizophrenia, one-fifth to one-third do not respond to antipsychotic medications. Studies have shown that in this group of “treatment-...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
September 12, 2014
Foundation Scientific Council member, Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University, will receive the 2014 Keio Medical Science Prize, from the Keio...
Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on autism
Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D.
September 11, 2014
Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D., recipient of a 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, supported by a Research Partnership with the Robert, Martha and John Atherton...

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