What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, which disrupts how someone thinks, their understanding and perception of the world around them, including what they see or hear.
Quite often the condition will cause psychotic symptoms, which means the distinction between thoughts and reality become blurred - a person may experience delusions or hallucinations. This can make the condition alarming and confusing for both the person affected, and their family and loved ones.
Schizophrenia tends to develop when people are in their late teens or twenties. And while it is normally a lifelong condition, the symptoms are treatable and most people affected will get better over time.
Our research into schizophrenia
Modelling the brain to understand schizophrenia
Can using stem cells to recreate part of the human brain reveal the causes of schizophrenia?More about this project
Understanding childhood psychosis
Dr Helen Fisher is exploring the factors that affect the chances of children developing psychosis – to help identify and support young people at risk.More about this project
Could we prevent schizophrenia?
Dr Joshua Roffman asks, could folic acid hold the clue to reducing the risk of schizophrenia?More about this project