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OBJECTIVE Using a sample of sibling pairs discordant for psychosis, the authors attempted to replicate the findings of previous studies suggesting that the functional genetic polymorphism Val158Met in the catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene influences prefrontal cognitive function and increases the risk for schizophrenia. METHOD Eighty-nine sibling(More)
Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), as well as other cytokines, has been classically implicated in the pathophysiology of major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and major depression, and recent studies have implicated the IL-1beta gene and schizophrenia. Nevertheless, new approaches to this complex phenotype are necessary to clarify the risk conferred(More)
There is much evidence that neurological soft signs (NSS) are highly prevalent in both adults and children with schizophrenia. In addition, they have been detected as early precursors of a schizophrenic outcome in at-risk subjects. Such findings point to the possible value of NSS as neurointegrative markers in schizophrenia which has been hypothesized to be(More)
The number of people using online social networks in their everyday life is continuously growing at a pace never saw before. This new kind of communication has an enormous impact on opinions, cultural trends, information spreading and even in the commercial success of new products. More importantly, social online networks have revealed as a fundamental(More)
The neurodevelopmental hypothesis of schizophrenia suggests that adverse genetic loading in conjunction with environmental factors early in fetal life causes a disruption of neural development, decades before the symptomatic manifestation of the disease. Neurocognitive deficits have been observed early on the course of schizophrenia, and their association(More)
It is well established that psychotic patients obtain higher scores on neurological soft-sign (NSS) examinations than normal controls, and also that their cognitive performance is poorer. The aims of the present study were to find threshold criteria that distinguish between normal individuals and patients suffering from psychosis, and to investigate the(More)
This paper describes the "fusion plasma application" which is developed within the "Interactive European Grid" (int.eu.grid), making use of its architecture to produce interactive visualisation of a distributed simulation executing on the grid. In properly combining and, where necessary, adopting the building blocks "migrating desktop" (MD), "roaming access(More)
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