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Optical Coherence Tomography Pilot Investigation of Retinal Integrity in First Episode Schizophrenia

Principal Investigator: Steven Silverstein, Ph.D.

The purpose of this study is to determine whether thinning of the retina, which has been observed in people with schizophrenia, is also found in young adults who recently experienced their first episode of psychosis. Some prior research has suggested that retinal thinning does not occur until several years after the onset of schizophrenia, but no study has yet been conducted specifically in a group of people in treatment after their first psychotic episode. All participants in this study will have both eyes tested with optical coherence tomography, without the need for eye drops for pupillary anesthesia or dilation.

Funding: Department Funded (UBHC-Division of Schizophrenia Research)

Visual Remediation in Schizophrenia
Retinal functioning in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder – Type I
An Effectiveness Study of Substance Abuse Prevention Services for Children with Conduct Disorders
Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Organization Deficits Across the Schizo-bipolar Spectrum
Retinal and Brain Responses to Visual Stimulation
Neurofeedback as a Tool for Enhancing Visual Working Memory in People with Schizophrenia
Electrophysiological mechanisms of memory formation in healthy individuals and people with schizophrenia
Initial test of a portable assessment method for assessing depth inversion illusions in people with schizophrenia and in people free of psychiatric symptoms
Depth inversion illusion test performance as an index of predictive coding mechanisms involved in psychotic symptoms