T.H.J. Burne

University of QueenslandAustralia

Dr Burne obtained his PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience and he is active in research on brain development and behaviour in animal models to learn more about neuropsychiatric diseases. His research is focused on investigating the underlying biological basis for schizophrenia, with the goal of finding public health interventions that will alleviate the burden of this disease. Dr Burne is part of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and has been situated within the Queensland Brain Institute since 2005. He has published over 70 refereed papers and book chapters, is an Academic Editor for PLoS One and on the executive committee for the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research.

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Schizophrenia is a poorly understood but very disabling group of brain disorders. While hallucinations and delusions (positive symptoms of schizophrenia) feature prominently in diagnostic criteria, impairments of memory and attentional processing (cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia) are attracting increasing interest in modern neuropsychiatry. Schizophrenia in the 21st Century brings together recent findings on this group of devastating disorders. We are still a long way from having effective treatment options, particularly for cognitive symptoms, and lack effective interventions and ways to prevent this disease. This volume covers various current options for therapy, clinical research into cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia and preclinical research in animal models.

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