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Praise for Schizophrenia Research Forum

Schizophrenia Research Forum has been an important resource for our lab over the past number of years. I often send postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows to the Forum to read commentary on important topics. These are invaluable for succinctly describing both what we know about the topic, but also in characterizing the debate as described by experts in the field. In so doing, the Forum does an excellent job at describing not just recent advances in the field, but also the likely next steps. As the Schizophrenia Research Forum builds on its content from year to year, it has become one of the most important repositories of knowledge about schizophrenia to be currently available. This ranges from important databases such as SZGene to reportage of important international research meetings. This breadth of information will, I believe, ensure the importance of the Schizophrenia Research Forum for many years to come.—Gary Donohoe, Trinity College Dublin


The Schizophrenia Research Forum is a terrific idea—making excellent use of the Internet to spark much more lively and collegial interaction than conferences, lectures, and publications alone. What a great way to enliven the otherwise "silent" response to publications on schizophrenia (or other topics for that matter)! The mean number of people who read journal articles from start to finish is nine!—Robert Liberman, University of California, Los Angeles


My thanks [for the SRF Early Stages of Schizophrenia Webinar]. It's great the way you pave the way for new technical innovations in communicating to a general research audience; people might never get to hear about our research otherwise.—Barbara Cornblatt, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York


I am very much impressed by the usefulness of the SZGene database of the SRF. Congratulations for a difficult job well done!—Hans Moises, Kiel University, Germany


We listed our research study on the SRF "Research Participants" section and have had a really great response. Thank you, Schizophrenia Research Forum!—Jehannine C. Austin, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


I am the sibling of a schizophrenic who has two first cousins and two second cousins in the maternal line with schizophrenia. As I studied neuroscience at college many years ago, I find this site absolutely fascinating, and it gives me hope that my brother, who has been ill for about 30 years now and is starting to get bad problems from clozapine (diabetes, etc.), will eventually find something that will help him more effectively. Please keep going; you are doing fantastic work!—Name withheld, Co. Cork, Ireland


The live discussion component of Schizophrenia Research Forum offers a fantastic, borderless channel that allows researchers and other professionals to connect with each other, ask questions directly, and discuss topics within their specific field. The live discussions also provide an opportunity to stay in touch with participants from different backgrounds (e.g., neuroscientists, clinicians, geneticists, health policy researchers, etc.). This interdisciplinary approach fuels interesting discussion from a variety of perspectives that inspires new ideas within the field of schizophrenia research, treatment, and policy development.—Mei-Hua Hall, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts


I think the DSM revision process is an important area and it was great to get people contributing via the live discussion format. I am always impressed by the high standard of comments that are posted on the Forum; it is a real credit to the editorial team at SRF. Clearly the Forum is a respected means of communication for schizophrenia researchers and clinicians. Keep it up!—Alison Yung, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia


I am glad to say that as a junior researcher I believe this is a most welcome website. I am a frequent visitor and always fascinated with new feedback.—Georgia Karoutzou, Medical School of Hanover, Germany


SRF is my current favorite site. Thanks!—Mike Bly, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy


I think it's a wonderful forum…a great resource!—Danielle Dick, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


The site is really excellent.—Dolores Malaspina, New York University, New York, NY


The Forum is a truly excellent piece of work—all of my colleagues are talking about it. Congratulations!—Anil Malhotra, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY


The idea of the Forum was terrific, and what a great job you've done in implementing and realizing that idea! It's always fun opening the e-mail and finding papers and news that I'd missed, exchanges that illuminate, and of course the occasional note that makes my blood boil!—Ariel Deutch, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


The Forum is superb.—Ezra Susser, Columbia University, New York, NY


This site and your work are great services to mental health research.—Joseph Neale, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Praise for SchizophreniaGene

Great site! A site like yours is desperately needed; there's no way a single investigator can assimilate the astonishing amount of genetic association data that exists for schizophrenia. Your site is a lot like OMIM, but with a smaller focus, and that site continues to be a huge resource for clinicians and researchers alike.—Jennifer Gladys Mulle, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


What a great resource! Thanks!—Carlotta Duncan, Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, Australia


The SRF is a timely, accurate, well-orchestrated website that is already proving essential to raising real-time discourse to the level necessary to expect to be able to sort out complex findings and issues. The SchizophreniaGene interface will enable a wide audience to view the complete set of association studies for each gene, click through for details, and decide for themselves what the evidence is, or is not yet, saying. Hopefully this will discourage both hype and disinformation and encourage more independent, informed, and scientifically sound thought.—Richard Straub, NIMH, Bethesda, MD




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