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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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Eleanor J. Dommett, Ph.D.
Eleanor J. Dommett, Ph.D.
November 06, 2013
A team of researchers in the U.K. led by 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Eleanor J. Dommett, Ph.D., of the Open University, used animal models to study...
Boris Birmaher, M.D., Expert on bipolar disorder
Boris Birmaher, M.D.
November 04, 2013
Congratulations to Boris Birmaher, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on receiving the 2013 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in...
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D., expert on bipolar disorder and mood disorders
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D.
November 04, 2013
Congratulations to Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D., of Harvard University on receiving the 2013 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research...
Hui-Chen Lu, Ph.D., Expert on bipolar disorder
Hui-Chen Lu, Ph.D.
November 01, 2013
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, report that when the gene SHANK3 is duplicated in mice, the animals exhibit a kind of...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
November 01, 2013
Dear Friends of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, We are writing to you at the close of an exceptional year for neuroscience. In April of this year...
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