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Harmonization of resting-state functional MRI data across multiple imaging sites
Harmonization method developed to reduce site-related differences between neuroimaging data from individual imaging sites and publicly released big data of multiple psychiatric disorders from many imaging sites. (2019-04-18)
Towards new indicators of vulnerability to psychotic disorders
The decision-making processes of healthy subjects with sub-clinical psychotic episodes are altered in a way that is similar to what happens in subjects with schizophrenia. (2019-04-09)
Dopamine conducts prefrontal cortex ensembles
New research in rodents reveals for the first time how dopamine changes the function of the brain's prefrontal cortex. (2019-04-02)
A new model to trial preventative treatments for schizophrenia
Neuroscientists at The University of Queensland have developed a new animal model of schizophrenia that will enable researchers around the world to better understand the disease and develop new treatments. (2019-03-29)
Crime scene schizophrenia -- 30 genes under suspicion
The research group led by Prof. Alex Schier, Director of the University of Basel's Biozentrum, has identified 30 genes associated with schizophrenia. (2019-03-28)
Advanced paternal age increases risk of early-onset schizophrenia in offspring
Advanced paternal age increases the risk in offspring of early-onset schizophrenia, a severe form of the disorder, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier. (2019-03-26)
Mount Sinai researchers identify over 400 genes associated with schizophrenia development
In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 100,000 people, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have applied a novel machine learning method to identify 413 genetic associations with schizophrenia across 13 brain regions. (2019-03-25)
Delusions may stem from sticky beliefs, study finds
Delusions are one of the most common symptoms of psychosis, but little is known about what causes them. (2019-03-21)
African-Americans more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, Rutgers study finds
African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new Rutgers study. (2019-03-21)
Inflammation inhibitor blocks neurodevelopmental disorders in mouse model
Work published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that an enzyme inhibitor developed by Professor Bruce Hammock and colleagues at UC Davis reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation. (2019-03-19)
Experiments with roundworms suggest alternatives for the treatment of schizophrenia
Researchers used C. elegans as an animal model to investigate the importance of certain human genes for the treatment of schizophrenia. (2019-03-19)
Case study: Bartonella and sudden-onset adolescent schizophrenia
In a new case study, researchers describe an adolescent human patient diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was found instead to have a Bartonella henselae infection. (2019-03-18)
Improved outlook for people of African descent with treatment-resistant schizophrenia
A study led by researchers at Cardiff University means that more people of African descent who have treatment-resistant schizophrenia could be safely given the drug best proven to manage their symptoms. (2019-02-26)
For patients with schizophrenia, some drug combinations may be more effective than others
Patients with schizophrenia are often treated with more than one type of psychiatric medication, but a new study suggests that some combinations may be more effective than others. (2019-02-20)
Potential link between vitamin D deficiency and loss of brain plasticity
University of Queensland research may explain why vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia. (2019-02-19)
Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI identified as a potential biomarker for psychosis
Researchers have shown that a type of magnetic resonance imaging -- called neuromelanin-sensitive MRI (NM-MRI) -- is a potential biomarker for psychosis. (2019-02-18)
Brain discovery explains a great mystery of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
One of the great mysteries of neuroscience may finally have an answer: Scientists have identified a potential explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. (2019-02-15)
The ways of wisdom in schizophrenia
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine report that persons with schizophrenia scored lower on a wisdom assessment than non-psychiatric comparison participants, but that there was considerable variability in levels of wisdom, and those with higher scores displayed fewer psychotic symptoms. (2019-02-14)
Machine learning algorithm helps in the search for new drugs
Researchers have designed a machine learning algorithm for drug discovery which has been shown to be twice as efficient as the industry standard, which could accelerate the process of developing new treatments for disease. (2019-02-11)
Excess immune pruning of synapses in neural cells derived from patients with schizophrenia
A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds evidence that the process of synaptic pruning, a normal part of brain development during adolescence, is excessive in individuals with schizophrenia. (2019-02-04)
BIDMC researchers ID, treat faulty brain circuitry underlying symptoms of schizophrenia
In a first-of-its-kind study, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers determined the underlying anatomical cause of certain symptoms of schizophrenia, then ameliorated them with non-invasive brain stimulation. (2019-01-30)
Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease. (2019-01-29)
Copy number variants contribute to risk of 'schizophrenia-like' bipolar disorder subtype
A form of rare genomic structural variation called copy number variants (CNVs) may be more closely associated with schizophrenia than bipolar disorder. (2019-01-24)
Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders
Researchers in the University of Helsinki have identified two novel anxiety-related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs. (2019-01-23)
Inability to integrate reward info contributes to undervalued rewards in schizophrenia
People with schizophrenia have a hard time integrating information about a reward -- the size of the reward and the probability of receiving it -- when assessing its value, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. (2019-01-22)
The cerebellum's hidden roles in social and reward-driven behavior
The cerebellum may regulate sociability and reward-driven behavior by controlling the release of dopamine, according to a new study. (2019-01-17)
New findings reveal surprising role of the cerebellum in reward and social behaviors
A study in rodents found that the brain's cerebellum -- known to play a role in motor coordination -- also helps control the brain's reward circuitry. (2019-01-17)
Genetic variants implicated in development of schizophrenia
Genetic variants damaging neurotransmitter receptor implicated in development of schizophrenia. (2019-01-17)
Schizophrenia linked to genetic structural abnormality in adolescent brain
Schizophrenia could be caused by a genetic mutation that causes a structural abnormality in the brain during adolescence. (2019-01-16)
Advances in the study of drugs to combat cognitive impairment in schizophrenia
A study by the UPV/EHU has assessed the effectiveness of various drugs, which are used to delay cognitive deterioration in patients with Alzheimer's, in improving cognitive impairment displayed by patients with schizophrenia. (2019-01-15)
B-group vitamins can improve concentration among people with first episode psychosis
The study, led by Dr Colin O'Donnell, now at Letterkenny University Hospital, and Dr Kelly Allott from Orygen, explored the impact of increasing a person's intake of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid [vitamin B9] after studies in people with schizophrenia revealed that increased intake of these vitamins could decrease patients' levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and improve their symptoms. (2019-01-14)
Schizophrenia linked with abnormal immune response to Epstein-Barr virus
New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. (2019-01-09)
Widely used physical health drugs may help treat serious mental illness
Medications commonly used to combat physical health diseases, such as high blood pressure, could bring significant benefits to people with serious mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or non-affective psychoses, according to a large cohort study led by UCL. (2019-01-09)
Prefrontal cortex development and mental illness
Faulty wiring of the prefrontal cortex during development leads to abnormal brain activity and cognitive impairments related to mental illness, according to a mouse study published in JNeurosci. (2019-01-07)
Study shows the brains of people with schizophrenia-related disorders aren't all the same
A new multi-site brain imaging study in The American Journal of Psychiatry shows that sub-groups of people use their brains differently when imitating emotional faces -- a task that reflects their ability to interact socially. (2019-01-04)
The brain's support cells show defective development in Huntington's disease
The neurological disorder Huntington's disease causes behavioral and motor changes, which among other things are a result of dysfunctional maturation or formation of glial cells, the brain's support cells, researchers from the University of Copenhagen demonstrate in a new study based on mice trials. (2018-12-21)
People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, 'body maps' show
Vanderbilt University researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. (2018-12-21)
A role for microRNAs in social behavior
Researchers have uncovered a microRNA cluster that regulates synaptic strength and is involved in the control of social behavior in mammals. (2018-12-14)
Levels of gene-expression-regulating enzyme altered in brains of people with schizophrenia
A study using a PET scan tracer developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified, for the first time, epigenetic differences between the brains of living individuals with schizophrenia and those of unaffected study participants. (2018-12-14)
Illuminating the brain architecture of neuropsychiatric risk: The latest from PsychENCODE
Neuropsychiatric disorders have highly complex causes that involve hundreds of genes -- a feature that hindered development of related treatments. (2018-12-13)
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