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Stanley Donation to Broad Institute

$650 Million Donated for Schizophrenia Research

by Staff Memberon July 31, 2014
In what has to be the biggest news in schizophrenia research in the past 3 decades, the philanthropist Ted Stanley announced that he is donating $650 Million for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research (and related psychiatric research) to the Broad Institute. The focus of this unprecedented donation is on spurring on scientific research on the […]
CBT for Schizophrenia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia – Video Series

by Staff Memberon July 10, 2014
There are few psychological therapies that have been significantly researched and shown to be effective with schizophrenia, but the leading one is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis / Schizophrenia.  While medications can help minimize many of the “positive” symptoms – the voices, delusions, etc. that are common with schizophrenia, even with the medications many […]

Nature Schizophrenia Special

Schizophrenia Special in Nature Journal

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Phil Campbell,  the editor-in-chief of the prestigious and high quality scientific journal “Nature,” (based in the UK) has long been interested in schizophrenia and mental health concerns.  I’ve met him and discussed this interest last year when he was visiting the United States.  He is one of the founding members of of an important new […]
Preventing Schizophrenia

New Research on How to Prevent Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Increasingly clinical researchers are telling us that they believe that many, and perhaps most, cases of schizophrenia can be prevented through higher quality prenatal care (health of the mother prior to pregnancy, and during pregnancy) as through specific targeted nutritional, stress (including avoidance of getting the Flu during pregnancy – which is an important stressor […]

Schizophrenia Oral History Project

The Schizophrenia Oral History Project

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
Schizophrenia, has long been associated with stigma. The motivation to remove this stigma is what inspired the Schizophrenia Oral History Project.  The founders of this project began with a tool more commonly used among sociologists and anthropologists: oral history. Using this approach to examine schizophrenia has changed Dr. Crane’s own perspective about a disease she thought […]
Columbia University Schizophrenia Study

New Study of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Finds Haloperidol an Effective, Less-Expensive Option

by Staff Memberon May 22, 2014
A new study done by Columbia University of long-acting injectable antipsychotics for people with schizophrenia found that the newer, second-generation, medication paliperidone palmitate (Brand name Invega Sustenna by Janssen Pharmaceuticals) was no more effective than the older, less expensive haloperidol decanoate. This was so, even though the doses of the older medication given in the […]

Brain Schizophrenia

Risk for Schizophrenia May be Identified Through IQ, Memory & Social Intelligence Tests

by Staff Memberon May 19, 2014
A new research study has revealed that genetic variants associated with risk for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are also associated with performance on measures of IQ, memory and social cognition. The discovery was made by the National University of Ireland, Galway Professor of Psychology Gary Donohue, in association with colleagues from Trinity College, Dublin. […]
Voices Documentary

“Voices” A New Documentary on the Untold Stories of Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 19, 2014
There is a  new documentary coming out that highlights the challenges of families and individuals with schizophrenia and at the same time is targeted at reducing stigma in the people who don’t have a good understanding of psychosis.  From the trailer it looks to be a very good film.  You can watch the trailer now […]


Antipsychotic Use Associated with 50% Reduced Rate of Violent Crime

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
While people with schizophrenia are much more likely to be victims of criminal behavior than perpetrators, there is a small percentage of people who have schizophrenia that are more violent; especially those who have a history of violence and who are abusing drugs or alcohol, and in those cases it is family members who are […]

Stephen Sharp’s Well-written Personal Account with Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
There is a well-written first-person account of the experience of having schizophrenia by Stephen Sharp in this month’s London Review of Books.  While there have been many personal accounts of schizophrenia written in books, this one is interesting because its freely available, well written and also conveys some of the experiences that are common in […]

Schizophrenia Stem Cell

New Stem Cell Study Suggests Schizophrenia Risk Starts in Womb

by Staff Memberon May 13, 2014
A new study completed by researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Sciences show fundamental differences in early neurons from patients with schizophrenia, supporting the theory that risk for the disease may begin in the womb during pregnancy. Using new stem cell technology, scientists at the Salk Institute have shown that neurons generated from the skin […]
Shannon Weickert, Schizophrenia Researcher

Cindi Weickert, Researcher Searching for a Cure to Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 9, 2014
Cindi Weickert is a leading schizophrenia researcher from the USA, but currently working in Australia. In this combination TV program and presentation she discusses her family’s experience with schizophrenia and how it has motivated her search for a cure to schizophrenia, and she also discusses where her research is moving. Her twin brother developed schizophrenia […]


The SunnyBoy (A Good, New Documentary Movie on Schizophrenia)

by Staff Memberon May 9, 2014
  Movies that cover people with schizophrenia have gotten a lot better in the past decade or so, but there are still too few good ones.  ”A Beautiful Mind” (the hollywood version of the life of John Nash) was the first notable and hopeful story about a person with schizophrenia.  Thankfully there are now more […]

The Influence of Science and Media on Psychiatry and The Future of Mental Health Care

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
This week at the APA (American Psychiatric Association) Actor Alan Alda joined Dr. Lieberman and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel to discuss the impact that science and the media have on psychiatry and how this will influence the future of mental health care. Alan Alda’s mother had schizophrenia and he discussed this at length […]

Patrick McGorry

The Vital Importance of Early Treatment for Schizophrenia and Psychosis

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
Research over the decade has confirmed repeatedly that the earlier that people get treatment for the early signs of mental illness (especially schizophrenia) the better the long term outcome for the person.  The first suggestive signs of psychosis are now well known. A person might become suspicious, or start to hear a voice, but still […]
Schizophrenia reversed with brain cell transplant

Schizophrenia Reversed with Brain Cell Transplants (in Mice)

by Staff Memberon May 8, 2014
The past few years has been increasing research in the area of curing schizophrenia using transplants of stem cells and other cells and the results look promising although it is still very early in the process.  Last year we reported on the study that demonstrated the potential for stem cells to treat schizophrenia.  This week […]


Over 30 New Medications in Development for Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
American biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing almost 36 new medications for schizophrenia, and a total of 119 new medicines targeting mental health disorders, according to a new document by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the industry marketing / advocacy organization for pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the USA. Some of the drugs listed […]
Colored areas highlight significant variations in activity of brains in people with schizophrenia not engaged in tasks when compared to control subjects.

Brain Signals are Altered in Schizophrenia, May Lead to Biomarker

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
Yale researchers have discovered that there is a broad disruption of neurological signals while the brain is at rest in people suffering from schizophrenia, and this new research has increased the hopes of finding biological markers for for the disorder that can be used to diagnose it. Analyzing brain data that is usually discarded by […]

Schizophrenia Recovery

Schizophrenia – A Recovery Story (video)

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
This is a good self-documentary by a 26 year old in England named Johnny Benjamin, about his own recovery process.  Since he’s been on the road to recovery he’s become a real advocate for change in the mental health community and has been very active in social media. He has also gone through the cycle […]

New Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines from the UK

by Staff Memberon May 6, 2014
There are new schizophrenia treatment guidelines that have been published and you can review them here in either web-format or PDF format. I think every family, caregiver or person who suffers from schizophrenia should review these new treatment guidelines to help you understand what the state of the art is as far as treatment for schizophrenia. […]


Dementia Risk 100% Higher if Older Adult has Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 5, 2014
Researchers from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University who followed over 30,000 older adults for a decade have found the rate of dementia diagnosis for patients with schizophrenia to be twice as high as for patients without this chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder.  The rates were 64.46% versus 32.13% for people without schizophrenia. “Individuals with serious […]

New Video Interviews with Elyn Saks, Professor with Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon May 2, 2014
Elyn Saks has become somewhat famous during the past few years because she is one of the few successful career people to come out about their having been diagnosed with schizophrenia while they are still active in their jobs. (Especially where their jobs are not directly related to mental health.  Others, like Fred Freese, have […]


A Good Intro to Schizophrenia Recovery (video)

by Staff Memberon May 1, 2014
Following is a good introductory video on schizophrenia and recovery developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, a professor of psychology at Columbia University in New York City.  Dr. Amador is also the founder of the Leap Institute, a group that focuses on improving relationships. Their tools are for use in any relationship, but also they provide the […]
Schizophrenia Newsbites

Schizophrenia News Watch – interesting newsbites from around the globe

by Staff Memberon April 28, 2014
With this new posting on “Schizophrenia News Watch” – we are initiating a periodic summary of interesting schizophrenia-related news from around the globe.  In these postings we will provide short summaries and links to schizophrenia-related news, videos and presentations from around the world. Closer than ever to a cure for Schizophrenia: This is a good […]

New Smartphone App May Help in Schizophrenia Outcomes

by Staff Memberon April 24, 2014
The Youth Mental Health Network in the UK is doing some very innovative things in the area of early psychosis and schizophrenia; they’ve developed a new phone app to help people monitor and stay on effective treatment.  A large amount of published scientific and clinical research has shown that the earlier you get treatment for […]

Schizophrenia Infographic

by Staff Memberon April 12, 2014
This is a good infographic by the UK charity “Rethink”; a group that is focused on improving services for people with mental illness. The infographic covers some of the major symptoms and issues associated with schizophrenia, and provides a quick overview of major aspects of the illness. Check out the full infographic.


New Report Demonstrates the Cost Effectiveness of Early Treatment

by Staff Memberon April 12, 2014
There has been a great deal of clinical research in the past decade that has shown that the sooner that people who have psychosis or schizophrenia are treated, the better their long term outcome or prognosis.  So getting people into treatment as quickly as possible (when symptoms start to appear) is extremely important. Despite this […]

Minerva Neurosciences Raising $69 Million to Fund New Schizophrenia Medications

by Staff Memberon April 10, 2014
Minerva Neurosciences today filed to raise $69 million via an initial public offering (IPO).  The proceeds from this fund raising will be used to further develop and test their new drug candidates that are targeted at schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses.  We at think that its great to see new medications being developed […]


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Schizophrenia, Therapists Manual Available for Free

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for schizophrenia has received a significant amount scientific and clinical validation over the past 5 to 10 years and has also been covered in the popular press as being an effective and helpful approach for people who have schizophrenia. In the USA there are a few groups doing clinical research in […]

Omeros Reports Positive Results from New Medication Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
A new research report gives hope to families and people who suffer from schizophrenia that there may soon be a new medication that helps with the negative and cognitive symptoms that are so common with schizophrenia. Omeros Corporation recently announced additional positive results from a Phase 2a clinical trial of OMS824, the company’s phosphodiesterase 10 (PDE10) […]

Parting - A Stage Show about Schizophrenia, Hallucinations and Psychosis

Parting – A London Stage Show about Schizophrenia, Hallucinations and Delusions

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
A new stage show has premiered in London about schizophrenia / psychosis, hallucinations and delusions. According to Tom Stafford and the Mind Hacks site: There’s an amazing stage show at King’s Place about psychosis called Parting. The performance has been created by talented twin sister composers Effy and Litha Efthymiou Below is a video on the new stage show: […]

Frequent Childhood Nightmares Suggest Increased Risk of Psychotic Traits

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
Children who suffer from frequent nightmares or bouts of night terrors may be at an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to new research from the University of Warwick. The study, published today in the journal SLEEP, shows that children reporting frequent nightmares at the age of 12 were three and a half times […]

EmpthEar - new smartphone / tablet app to help people develop empathy for people with schizophrenia

Empathear, The New Smartphone / Tablet App to Help People Understand Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
A new software product/ app looks like it will soon be available for families and other people who want to understand the experience of schizophrenia better.  A New Zealand-based graduate student has created a new smartphone and tablet app to help people understand and develop empathy for what people with schizophrenia experience on a day […]
mirror neuron system in the human brain which has been implicated in the impaired ability to imitate experienced by many patients with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Sufferers Have Difficulty Imitating Other People, Brain Imaging Study Shows

by Staff Memberon March 17, 2014
According to psychologists, imitation is something that we all do whenever we learn a new skill, whether it is dancing or how to behave in specific social situations. Now, the results of a brain-mapping experiment conducted by a team of neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University strengthen the theory that an impaired ability to imitate may underlie […]


Stem Cell Transplants May be a New Treatment for Schizophrenia

by Staff Memberon September 9, 2013
Stem cells show great promise for permanently treating many diseases and disorders but perhaps one of the areas where we are most excited about its possibility is in the area of serious mental illness.  Research from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio demonstrates the exciting possibility […]

Schizophrenia Biology Lecture by Stanford Neuroscience Professor

by Staff Memberon February 7, 2011
Professor Sapolosky is a well-known neuroendocrinologist, and a professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University. He has written many books (which are both entertaining and highly educational) and is an entertaining speaker. In this video he provides a good overview of the genetics and biological and psychological/social factors that are involved with schizophrenia.  This is a […]