Schizophrenia Research Forum Omnibus

Here I post a backlog of news stories I’ve written for Schizophrenia Research Forum since March 2013 — 30 in all!

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For me, highlights include two landmark studies finding common genetic roots among different psychiatric disorders (Landmark GWAS Links Different Disorders To Same SNPs 3/7/13, and Substantial Genetic Overlaps Measured Between Psychiatric Disorders 8/20/13), the CLARITY technique that reveals intricate details of brain structure (Brain Anatomy Revealed With CLARITY 3/10/13), and an interesting idea about how delusions remain so fixed in schizophrenia (Delusions Linked to Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processes 9/23/13).

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The remaining stories are listed here:
Dopamine Signals Stall Dendritic Spine Formation in Young Mice 10/15/13
Data Support Kraepelinian Boundary Between Psychotic Disorders 10/9/13
Monkey Model of Schizophrenia Debuts 9/26/13
Altered Connections Between Cortex and Striatum Mark Psychosis Risk 9/17/13
Summer of Salience: Insula Fingered in Schizophrenia 9/10/13
Ambitious Genetic Integration Analysis of Schizophrenia Points to Early Brain Development 8/2/13
Can Experimentally “Created” Memories Help Explain Delusions? 7/31/13
DISC1 Tied to Motivation, Oxidative Stress in Mice 7/16/13
Neurexin Splicing Exerts Control Across the Synapse 7/11/13
Methamphetamine Points to Reward-Learning Deficits Underlying Psychosis 7/10/13
Schizophrenia and Bipolar With Psychosis Share Cognition, Connectivity 7/5/13
ADHD and Schizophrenia Share Some Genetic Risk 6/28/13
Can a Simple Amino Acid Treat Schizophrenia? 6/25/13
Brain Anomalies in Schizophrenia Arise Early, Degrade Connectivity 6/18/13
Surprise Signals: Optogenetics Links Dopamine to Prediction Errors 6/10/13
Schizophrenia-like Nrg1 Overabundance Repaired in Adult Mice 6/3/13
Perineuronal Nets Protect Interneurons Linked to Schizophrenia 5/17/13
Sodium Nitroprusside Rapidly Quells Schizophrenia Symptoms 5/10/13
Family Study Replicates Genetic Signals for Schizophrenia 4/19/13
ENCODE Explained to the Rest of Us 4/11/13
Dissecting Phenotype to Approach Genetics of Schizophrenia 4/4/13
Dialing Down Thalamus Disrupts Synchrony, Cognition 3/29/13
The Structure of Bias at Serotonin Receptors 3/26/13
Divide and Conquer: Isolating Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia 3/20/13
MIR137 Associated With Age of Onset, Brain Structure in Schizophrenia 3/18/13
Genetics Roundup: Motley Crew of Variants Kicks Off 2013 3/12/13

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Autism protein connects neurons

An autism-linked protein called CASPR2 promotes the development of dendrites, the bushy structures atop neurons that receive signals from other neurons. The study, published 30 October in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the molecule helps set up the lines of communication in the brain early in development.

Read this story at SFARI.org.