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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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Scott A. Schobel, M.D., Columbia University, a schizophrenia expert
Scott A. Schobel, M.D.
April 29, 2013
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is often preceded by a "prodromal" phase of the illness, in which milder symptoms are present for weeks or even years before...
Greer Murphy, M.D, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, a depression expert
Greer Murphy, M.D, Ph.D.
April 25, 2013
NARSAD Grantee, Greer Murphy, M.D, Ph.D., was among a team of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine who recently identified genetic...
Jonathan Mill, Ph.D., of King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, an autism researcher
Jonathan Mill, Ph.D
April 23, 2013
In the largest study of its kind to date, NARSAD Grant-supported researcher Jonathan Mill, Ph.D., of King's College London and the University of Exeter, and...
Robert S. Warshaw, Visionary Philanthropist Prizewinner from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and Long-Term Board Member
Robert S. Warshaw
April 22, 2013
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation mourns the passing of long-term member of the Board of Directors Robert S. Warshaw. Bob Warshaw provided support...
Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D., of University of California, Berkeley, an expert in anxiety
Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D.
April 19, 2013
Occasional stress may actually have a positive impact on the brain according to a new study by lead author Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D., a Brain & Behavior...

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