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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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Rima Kaddurah-Daouk, Ph.D., Expert in depression research
Rima Kaddurah-Daouk, Ph.D.
July 22, 2013
A team of researchers at Duke University, including three NARSAD Grantees, studied the metabolic profiles of patients with major depression and identified...
Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
July 18, 2013
In a first-of-its-kind schizophrenia study, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantees Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.; Janice Husted, Ph.D.; Eva...
Zhen Yan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, a stress expert
Zhen Yan, Ph.D.
July 17, 2013
  A degree of stress is a normal part of life, but stress can become problematic in vulnerable individuals and contribute to the development of mental...
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. expert on schizophrenia and mood disorder research
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
July 16, 2013
In a new genetic study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, including NARSAD Grantees Hanna Jaaro-Peled, Ph.D. and Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., elevated...
NARSAD Grantee, Melissa Bauman, Ph.D. of UC Davis, Expert in Autism Research
Melissa Bauman, Ph.D.
July 15, 2013
NARSAD Grantees from the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) MIND Institute discovered that specific combinations of antibodies cross the placenta during...

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