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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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Melissa Rolls, Ph.D., neuron regeneration expert
Melissa Rolls, Ph.D.
January 16, 2014
2006 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Melissa Rolls, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director, Center for Cellular...
Tarek K. Rajji, M.D., expert in schizophrenia research
Tarek K. Rajji, M.D.
January 13, 2014
A team of investigators, funded in part by NARSAD Grants, reports exciting progress in clinical experiments designed to assess neuroplasticity in the frontal...
Helen Mayberg, M.D., Expert on depression and deep brain stimulation
Helen Mayberg, M.D.
January 10, 2014
Several NARSAD Grantees and Foundation Scientific Council Members were featured in an article titled “From the Lab to the Couch: Personalized Psychiatry in the...
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D.
January 09, 2014
Scientists have demonstrated that there is a genetic component to schizophrenia, but it has proven difficult to identify which genes are most important to...
Deanna Barch, Ph.D., Expert on brain research
Deanna Barch, Ph.D.
January 07, 2014
Four-time NARSAD Grantee (most recently a 2013 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee), Deanna Barch, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology in Arts & Sciences...

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