We welcome your interest in The Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center. Here in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, we like to say that we work from the (lab) bench to the bedside … to society. Whether you are a patient, family, researcher, or student, we hope that you find what you are looking for – treatment, research news, educational opportunities, or collaborators.
Mental illnesses that involve psychotic symptoms are widespread throughout the world. Among them, schizophrenia is the most devastating. Given that such chronic conditions are major burdens on patients, families, and societies, a systematic approach to finding the causes and effective treatments is seriously needed. The mission of the Schizophrenia Center is to address this disease with an integrated team of clinicians and researchers from multiple departments and schools here at Hopkins.
Our research teams use multifaceted approaches to study schizophrenia and related disorders, including psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, genetics, medical immunology, pharmacology and drug discovery, epidemiology, medical policy, and biostatistics. By leveraging the strengths of Johns Hopkins, where clinicians and basic scientists interact directly on the same campus, we aim to quickly translate novel basic discoveries to drug development and clinical trials. We collaborate with industry partners to speed up the delivery of promising products. Of course, the cutting-edge scientific advances that are developed in our research are applied to our clinical efforts in The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In keeping with the tripartite mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine, our clinical and research efforts are balanced with professional training and public outreach, particularly from the perspective of global health. Just as the development of vaccines has helped people suffering from infectious disease worldwide, so too we believe that the important treatments developed for major mental illnesses will be more efficiently delivered by building systematic international collaborations.