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Scientific image of a synapse from a fruit fly
A neuromuscular synapse in the fruit fly Drosophila immunostained with antibodies that recognize the neuronal membrane in blue, active zones in green and neurotransmitter receptors in red. (Image/Courtesy of Dion Dickman)

How the brain maintains moderation could offer answers to schizophrenia, other diseases

USC Dornsife neuroscientist studies the way nerve cells maintain normal levels of communication, giving insight into how some diseases arise — and might be treated.

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ribbon-cutting Max Nikias Lisa Hansen Norris Healthcare
Cutting the ribbon are, from left: Laura Mosqueda, interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC; President C. L. Max Nikias; Lisa Hansen, daughter of the late USC Trustee Harlyne Norris; Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC; and Rod Hanners, chief operating officer of Keck Medicine and CEO of the Keck Medical Center of USC. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

State-of-the-art Norris Healthcare Center opens for business

The building is home to an infusion center, a women’s care center, the Transplant Institute and the Outpatient Surgery Center

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colorful trachtography imaging of brain with schizophrenia
Fiber pathways in the brain are altered in schizophrenia, a mental illness in which patients may experience hallucinations, psychosis and depression. (Courtesy of Paul Thompson, Neda Jahanshad and Conor Corbin, USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute)

Schizophrenia found to disrupt the brain’s entire communication system

Wiring is frayed in more than just one region, according to a new international study — the largest analysis ever of white matter among people with a psychiatric disorder.