Schizophrenia Simulator: When Chemistry Upends Sanity's Balance

New treatment hope for neglected impairment

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Working memory disturbances wreck the mental coherence of schizophrenia sufferers, yet treatments for it are very limited. Biomedical engineers have built an accurate simulator of the brain chemistry behind it to help drug developers change that.

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Working memory disturbances wreck the mental coherence of schizophrenia sufferers, yet treatments for it are very limited. Biomedical engineers have built an accurate simulator of the brain chemistry behind it to help drug developers change that.

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It’s called mental imbalance for a reason. Sanity hangs, in part, in the gentle balance of chemicals strung together within regions of the brain in an intricate matrix.

In schizophrenia, the matrix is sharply jarred, debilitating the mind and triggering hallucinations. Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an interactive model of that matrix to fast-track research and treatment of the tormenting disorder.

Working memory disruptions paralyze the mental coherence of schizophrenia sufferers, yet there is a stark lack of medical treatment for it. Researchers Zhen Qi and Eberhard Voit hope their new, very accurate computational simulator built around this symptom will help change that to curb anquish for many patients.

Learn more about the simulator, which puts this brain dysfunction into a virtual setting.

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Engineering, Life Sciences and Biology, Research
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Bioengineering and Bioscience, Data Engineering and Science, People and Technology
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Health and Medicine, Science and Technology
Keywords
computational simulation, differential equations, dorsal prefrontal cortex, hypothalamus, pharmaceutical, psychiatry, psychopharmica, schizophrenia
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  • Created By: Ben Brumfield
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Aug 4, 2016 - 6:38am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:22pm