In search of neurobiological factors for schizophrenia

This image shows the location of the hippocampus in the human brain: sagittal and axial view (from left to right) of the hippocampus (yellow) in an MRI. Credit: Neuropsychiarty and Brain Imaging Group, Basel Schizophrenic psychoses are a frequently occurring group of psychiatric disorders caused by a combination of biological, social and environmental factors. These disorders are associated with changes to the brain structure: for example, the hippocampus in the temporal lobe is usually smaller in affected individuals than in healthy ones. It is not yet known whether these changes to the brain structure are a result of the disorders and their accompanying medications, or whether they are already present before the onset of symptoms. Together with a research group from the University of Basel, Fabienne Harrisberger and Stefan Borgwardt…


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