Researchers Take Three-Pronged Approach to Study of Schizophrenia
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received $1.25 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the molecular- and cellular-based mechanisms that contribute to schizophrenia.
The interdisciplinary team includes three investigators from three different practice areas: Paul Tesar, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics; Robert Miller, PhD, vice dean for research and the Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Diseases; and Robert Findling, MD, the Rocco L. Motto, MD, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
All three scientists will work together to provide a detailed characterization of brain cell function in adolescent patients with schizophrenia, who tend to experience more severe symptoms than adults.
“We hope to understand the underlying cause of schizophrenia in much greater depth,” says Findling. “If we can decipher why the cells aren’t functioning properly, we may be able to develop treatments that can restore function to vulnerable patients suffering from this disease.”