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Message from the Director

The perspective I bring to the leadership of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center is rooted in my background as a psychiatrist. My clinical experience motivates my search to find causes and better treatments for the individuals and families who suffer from this debilitating illness.

We have assembled here in the Schizophrenia Center a broad and deep pool of expertise in the Hopkins tradition that integrates patient care, research, and public health. Our Center structure reflects that tradition with an inpatient unit and outpatient clinics with a distinctive clinical approach (chief: Dr. Margolis), multiple labs looking for origins, mechanisms, and better treatments from a variety of scientific angles (Drs. Cascella, Kamiya, Nucifora, Pletnikov, and Sedlak), professional educational programs reaching undergraduates, residents, and fellows, and public outreach efforts that include an annual public symposium.

My role is similar to an orchestra conductor, trusting my musicians and striving for balance among all the instruments. I see my job as one to support and facilitate the talent that surrounds me.

Thank you for your interest in our work.

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.

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