Neuroimmune Interactions in Schizophrenia and Autism

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Filippo Maria Forni Psych 2, T-Th 2:35 05/30/2006 Neuroimmune Interactions in Schizophrenia and Autism In the lecture that was given at Caltech by Dr. Paul Patterson on Schizophrenia and Autism, Dr. Patterson defined schizophrenia as a devastating illness not just for the patient but also for the entire family because of the maniac and normal periods that the person with schizophrenia goes through during his/her life. Schizophrenia is a progressive disorder which goes through various stages with the onset of psychotic symptoms usually in the early adulthood. Dr. Patterson stated that biological differences in the brain have been recorded in patient with schizophrenia. These differences can be clearly seen through brain MRI images of two identical twins where the child who is affected by schizophrenia shows an enlargement of the ventricle compared to the normal twin. Nowadays, there are two hypotheses that have been developed to explain why the ventricle is larger in people with schizophrenia. The first idea is that the gray matter surrounding the ventricle might have shrunken where the person has fewer or smaller neurons and in an indirect way expended the space of the ventricle. A second hypothesis is related to severe form of infections (e.g. Cephalitis). Furthermore, biological evidence can be seen with functional MRI images showing the activities in the brain. Recent
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  • Spring '06
  • Kiotas
  • Schizophrenia, Dr. Patterson, Filippo Maria Forni, Maria Forni Psych

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