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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 Foster, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
David Foster, Ph.D.
April 17, 2013
With the support of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, David Foster, Ph.D., led research to understand spatial memory in the hippocampus area of the brain. His...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee David Braff, M.D., University of California, San Diego, Expert on Schizophrenia
David Braff, M.D.
April 16, 2013
Up to twelve chromosome regions may harbor genes for keeping the brain in good working order, reports a new study by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation...
NARSAD Grantee Ya-Ping Tang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Expert on PTSD
Ya-Ping Tang, M.D., Ph.D.
April 12, 2013
The experience of trauma during teen years is a known risk factor for the later development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The National Institutes...
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on optogenetics, CLARITY, depression, autism
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
April 10, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member and NARSAD Grantee, Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., led a team at Stanford in developing a new...
William E. Copeland, Ph.D. of Duke University Medical Center and expert on anxiety disorders and depression
William E. Copeland, Ph.D.
April 08, 2013
Research supported in part by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation finds that children who bully, are bullied, or experience both being bullied and...

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