Accordign to the World Health Organization, over 21 million people worldwide are suffering from schizophrenia. Although current medical treatments can help, their troublesome side effects and incomplete therapeutic effects mean that they are not nearly good enough to cure the disease outright. These people deserve better. At One Mind Institute, we believe cures for schizophrenia are not just necessary but possible, and we are committed to funding the hunt.
Already, One Mind Institute has funded discoveries in schizophrenia research which are kindling hope among patients and their families. Our funded investigators are working on both ends of the spectrum of disease progression: Scientists like Dr. Carrie Bearden are leading teams learning to detect and treat psychosis before it fully manifests, so that young people at risk can instead live to their fullest potential. Meanwhile, scientists like Dr. Kafui Dzirasa are learning to understand the disease at the circuit level, so that new forms of “brain pacemakers” can be developed to remedy schizophrenia’s causes, not just symptoms.
“Brain diseases really get to the heart of who we are as human beings,” says One Mind Institute funded scientist Dr. Vikaas Sohal. “How we feel, and how we relate to the world and to other people. So, of course we want to help everybody function as best they can.”