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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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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.