Robin Nguyen - 2016 to 2017
University of Toronto

"Functional dissociation of GABA interneuron cell types in working memory processes linked to schizophrenia"

Schizophrenia is a chronic debilitating mental illness involving severe perceptual, emotional and cognitive disturbances. It affects approximately 300,000 people in Canada and places significant strain on the nation’s economy and health care services. Equally importantly, patients experience a diminished quality of life as a result of the persistent and distressing symptoms of schizophrenia. These symptoms include disorganized thoughts, false beliefs and sensory experiences, reduced motivation, social withdrawal, and deficits in attention, planning and memory.