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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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Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on anxiety
Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
December 06, 2013
Two-time NARSAD Grantee, Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a paper from a study done with a postdoctoral fellow in his lab at Emory University, Brian G....
James F. Leckman, M.D. of Yale University, Expert in Autism
James F. Leckman, M.D.
December 05, 2013
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Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D., Expert in autism research
Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.
December 03, 2013
Researchers led by 2005 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D., of the California Institute of Technology have made the first...
Christian Hammer, Ph.D. Expert in Schizophrenia Research
Christian Hammer, Ph.D.
December 02, 2013
A team of researchers that includes NARSAD 2012 Young Investigator Grantee, Christian Hammer, Ph.D., of Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine...
Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D. expert in depression research
Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D.
November 26, 2013
A team of researchers at Stanford University utilized non-invasive brain stimulation and simultaneous brain imaging (fMRI) to clarify how major brain networks...


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