The project Neurobiology of the Psychoses was launched in 1995 with the aim of favoring a better understanding of the factors which affect the onset, the development, the course, and the outcome of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar mood disorders.
Severe mental disorders cause huge costs to society in terms of pain and distress of the affected patients and their families. Severe mental disorders, indeed, cause a heavy burden due to morbidity and premature mortality, conditioning an increased risk of unemployment, infirmity, unsafe and unhealthy habits, violence, and representing the main factor for suicide.
The project, which is carried out with the collaboration of clinical and research centers, is based on three branches:
- environmental and genetic factors affecting the development of severe mental disorders;
- expression and organization of complex affective states;
- chronoepidemiology of aggressive and violent behaviors.
A fourth branch of the project is devoted to the study of the links between <creativity and psychopathology>.
The project is now undergoing reorganization, and the near future will see the opening of a <center> for the study of violent behaviors, and of an organization aimed at favoring co-operation between scientists, pharmaceutical industries, and private and public investors interested in the study of human behavior
August 10, 2001: opening of the site
January 22, 2011: last updating