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Tool finds connections in genome data

Feb. 8, 2012—A new analytical tool points to genes that act together to increase disease risk.

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Beautiful Minds

Feb. 1, 2012—Sohee Park’s research explores the impaired and enhanced abilities of the schizophrenic brain The “rubber hand illusion” is not a new scientific method, but Sohee Park has used it to make some groundbreaking discoveries about schizophrenia. RHI, which was discovered in 1998, is a laboratory exercise in which the subject’s hand, which is hidden from...

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New schizophrenia drug candidates entering prep for first-in-human testing

Dec. 15, 2011—The progression of new drug candidates for schizophrenia with partner Janssen Pharmaceutica is the latest evidence that a new collaborative model for drug discovery pioneered at Vanderbilt may help identify and develop innovative candidate drugs for treatment of major brain disorders.

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Putting the body back into the mind of schizophrenia

Oct. 31, 2011—A study using a procedure called the rubber hand illusion has found striking new evidence that people experiencing schizophrenia have a weakened sense of body ownership and has produced the first case of a spontaneous, out-of-body experience in the laboratory.

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Information flow reduced in psychosis

Oct. 21, 2011—Bipolar depression and schizophrenia share patterns of changes in neurons that regulate information flow, new research shows.

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Researchers strive to refill drug discovery ‘pipeline’

Oct. 3, 2011—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have made substantial progress in developing potential new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic form of autism.

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New drug-like molecules could improve schizophrenia treatment

Sep. 22, 2011—The discovery of new compounds that work in a fundamentally different way than those in existing schizophrenia medications may allow for more normal function of brain cells involved in schizophrenia.

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New insight into impulse control

Aug. 30, 2011—How the brain is wired to control impulsive behavior differs significantly from what psychologists have thought, new research finds.

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Connecting the dots in schizophrenia

Jul. 29, 2011—Abnormalities of the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped brain region involved in learning and memory, may play a role in the psychotic symptoms and cognitive deficits of schizophrenia.

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Why people with schizophrenia may have trouble reading social cues

May. 24, 2011—Impairments in a brain area involved in social perception may help explain why individuals with schizophrenia have trouble reading social cues.

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Neuroscience drug discovery center opens at Vanderbilt

Mar. 11, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established a new Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery to accelerate research that may lead to new treatments for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and other disorders of the brain.

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Schizophrenics better at some memory tasks

Jan. 28, 2011—Individuals with schizophrenia are better at some cognitive tasks than average people, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates. The findings open the door for potential new therapies for these individuals. “We found a pocket of spared or enhanced ability in patients with schizophrenia when almost everything else is impaired,” Vanderbilt psychologist Sohee Park, co-author of...

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