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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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Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H. - brain & behavior research expert on adhd
Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H.
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Carlos Zarate, Jr., M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Carlos Zarate, Jr., M.D.
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Deanna Barch, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Deanna Barch, Ph.D.
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Three past recipients of NARSAD grant awards and their colleagues at Washington University, St. Louis have reported the first-ever structural brain biomarker...
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., brain and behavior research expert in depression and anxiety
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
November 24, 2014
A research team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which included a number of NARSAD Grantees, has identified a protein called β-catenin that...
Vincenzo De Luca, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Vincenzo De Luca, M.D.
November 22, 2014
From The Quarterly, Fall 2014 The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is proactive in its awarding of research grants related to the study of suicide each...

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