Schizophrenia-Immune System “Link” Opens the Door to Research


“In order to expose people to dangerous treatments – and immunosuppresive drugs do carry risks – you need serious evidence to suggest those drugs may be useful in treating the condition,” says the director of Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “In the past, researchers have had great difficulty convincing an ethics committee that this is a treatment strategy for schizophrenia,” but studies showing that immune cells in key brain regions – thought to be affected by schizophrenia – are in fact causing inflammation and damage, “adds to the argument from researchers that it is now reasonable to trial immunosuppresants on schizophrenia patents.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


    • Exactly.

      How can an ethics commitee allow the funding for something like this?
      How is it not unethical to administer dangerous substances to people, most likely against their will or without their knowledge or consent, to treat something that can not be scientifically proven in the first place?

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