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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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Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on the brain and brain research
Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D.
February 21, 2013
The New York Times reported this week that 2012 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Rafael Yuste, M.D., Ph.D. is among the “six leading scientists” who...
Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein on CNN HLN discussing mental illness, suicide, and mental illness treatment strategies
Dr. Drew and Dr. Borenstein
February 19, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Acting President & CEO Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein appeared on the CNN Headline News program “Dr. Drew On Call” last...
Christopher R. Bowie, Ph.D., C.Psych., Director, Cognitive and Psychotic Disorders Laboratory and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology & Psychiatry, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, Expert on Schizophrenia
Dr. Christopher Bowie
February 19, 2013
Dr. Christopher Bowie used his 2007 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to conduct a study that shows how...
Kathryn A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Expert on depression from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston
Dr. Kathryn A. Cunningham
February 15, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee Kathryn A. Cunningham, Ph.D., with her team at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston and...
Sarah Lisanby, M.D., Professor and Chair Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Expert on Depression
Sarah Lisanby, M.D.
February 14, 2013
This week the New York Times reports the latest research progress on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a treatment for resistant major...

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