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Schizophrenia Awareness Day

May 24, 2016 - Tuesday, May 24 marks National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, where we aim to raise awareness about schizophrenia and psychosis, to reduce stigma around this complicated mental illness. In Canada, one per cent of the population is affected by schizophrenia and approximately three per cent will experience a psychotic episode during their lifetime.

These stories show the clinical research work being done at CAMH to better understand and treat this complex mental illness:

  • ECT Effective for Treatment of Schizophrenia
    Tyler Kaster’s research presented this month at the APA conference. Read the full story here. 

  • Epigenetic study of lactose intolerance may shed light on the origin of mental illness
    New study on the epigenetics of lactose intolerance may provide an approach to understanding schizophrenia and other complex illnesses. Read the full story here.

  • Intervening to prevent serious side effects
    Dr. Margaret Hahn is investigating how to prevent a higher risk of heart disease in people with schizophrenia. Read the full story here.

  • New CAMH app aims to boost motivation in people with schizophrenia
    A new mobile app created by CAMH researchers is aiming to treat motivation problems in people with schizophrenia. It also offers a new way for health care providers to support and collaborate with clients during their treatment. Read the full story here.

  • A global pre-emptive strike at schizophrenia
    Dr. Romina Mizrahi is participating in two major international collaborations that are zeroing in on how to predict who will develop psychosis, and how to prevent it. Read the full story here.

  • Unpacking the links between schizophrenia and cannabis use
    A new study by Dr. Mera Barr is exploring the relationship between schizophrenia and cannabis. Read the full story here.

  • Birth factors may predict schizophrenia in genetic subtype of schizophrenia
    Low birth weight and preterm births appear to increase the risk of schizophrenia among individuals with a certain genetic condition. Read the full story here.

  • EEG study aims to predict psychosis
    Dr. Michael Kiang is exploring if subtle brain changes can identify people who are likely to develop schizophrenia. Read the full story here.

  • Modified model, better results: schizophrenia
    A shorter, more sustainable version of a successful approach could make this treatment available to more people with schizophrenia. Read the full story here.



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