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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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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Acting President & CEO Jeffrey Borenstein; Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada, David C. Onley, his wife, Ruth Ann Onley, a recording artist and performer, Hon. John Milloy, Member of Provincial Parliament from Kitchener Centre, Minister of Training and Social Services, Walgreen Co. Team Member Gary Motbriand; 2009 Productive Lives Award Honoree J. Randolph Lewis, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics, Walgreen Co.
Walgreen Co.
January 17, 2013
As research brings about significant progress in better understanding what causes mental illness and how to effectively treat it, strides are simultaneously...
Amit Anand, M.D., NARSAD Grantee,  Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, Center for Neuroimaging, Indiana University School of Medicine, Expert on Bipolar Disorder
Amit Anand, M.D.
January 17, 2013
NARSAD Grantees Amit Anand, M.D. and Leslie A. Hulverhshorn, M.D., M.Sc., with Indiana University colleagues, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI...
NARSAD Grantee Robert Freedman, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Colorado and Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry, expert on schizophrenia
Robert Freedman, M.D.
January 15, 2013
According to a new study by a research team that includes NARSAD Grantees Robert Freedman, M.D., Randal G. Ross, M.D., Sherry Leonard, Ph.D. and Karen E....
January 14, 2013
For immediate release: Jan. 14, 2013Contact:Sally Corbett, Director, P.R. & Communicationsscorbett@bbrfoundation.org516-829-0091, ext. 242Mobile: 678-428-...
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD)
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
January 14, 2013
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awarded 15 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants, selected from more than 220 applicants at the close of 2012....


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