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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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David J. Foster, Ph.D. of Johns Hopkins University, Expert in Schizophrenia Research
David J. Foster, Ph.D.
October 21, 2013
One of the symptoms seen in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is disordered thinking. Co-lead authors Junghyup Suh and NARSAD Grantee, David J....
Ruth Feldman, Ph.D., of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, expert on depression
Ruth Feldman, Ph.D.
October 18, 2013
For the first time, a team of neuroscientists led by a two-time recipient of NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants, Ruth Feldman, Ph.D., of Israel’s Bar-Ilan...
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., Expert on Brain Plasticity, Depression and Anxiety
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
October 15, 2013
Breakthrough Research Demonstrates the Brain’s Capacity to Bounce Back from Stress and Depression From The Quarterly, Fall 2013 “The adult brain is...
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, Expert on substance abuse and addiction
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Ph.D.
October 14, 2013
Shahrdad Lotfipour, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, used his 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to study the mechanisms behind nicotine...
Amy F.T. Arnsten, Ph.D., of Yale University
Amy F.T. Arnsten, Ph.D.
October 14, 2013
NARSAD Grants are well known and highly regarded for their support of burgeoning and innovative research ideas that don’t yet have “proof of concept.” After...

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