Category Archives: Schizophrenia

Blood brain barrier and psychosis

Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert and her team of researchers are asking a question about schizophrenia that has not been answered before – Is the blood brain barrier compromised in psychosis? Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are diseases that affect an estimated 680,000 people in Australia and cost the economy $4.7 billion a year, yet their pathogenic mechanisms are little understood. One […]

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NSW government invests in merger to boost schizophrenia research

NSW Minister for Medical Research, Pru Goward, today announced an investment of $2.5 million to fund a landmark merger between Australia’s leading schizophrenia research organisations – NeuRA – Neuroscience Research Australia and the Schizophrenia Research Institute (SRI). “The best outcomes for the treatment of schizophrenia will be achieved through the opportunity of these institutes to join forces and share their […]

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Star-shaped cells: a clue to differences in schizophrenia pathology?

Dr Vibeke Sørensen Catts is a schizophrenia researcher. Her interests lie in exploring the biological factors that help brain cells grow and die, and how these pathways might be altered in schizophrenia. Here she describes her discovery that certain types of brain cells are inflamed in some people with schizophrenia. This recent finding opens new understanding of what goes wrong in […]

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‘The World According to Richard’ (Part Two)

In Part Two of Richard Schweizer’s blog, entitled ‘The Road to Wellness’, he takes us into the Sydney Clinic where he was admitted not long after his schizophrenia diagnosis. I spent about 3 months in the Sydney Clinic; a private mental health facility in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. My time there was not that bad. I have good things to say about the […]

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Rethinking schizophrenia

I work in the field of schizophrenia research; specifically, I study schizophrenia by looking at the brain. Up until about 25 years ago, this way of studying schizophrenia was considered a dead-end career path for pathologists and researchers like me; many doubted that measurable differences between the brains of people with schizophrenia and those who don’t have a mental disorder […]

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