|The UCLA Center for Research on
Treatment & Rehabilitation of Psychosis is a group of laboratories and units that
provide research services, consultation and technical assistance to investigators pursuing
studies of severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Cosponsored by the UCLA
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the West Los Angeles VA Medical
Center, the Center fosters collaborative, interdisciplinary research on mental disorders
by serving as an organizational catalyst for research projects which are funded by a
variety of public and private agencies and foundations.
The Center has operated continuously since 1977 with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. The Center's faculty are a cohesive, multidisciplinary team who have worked together for nearly two decades on the problem and unanswered questions posed by schizophrenia -- understanding its root causes and the determinants of its subsequent course and outcome, developing and evaluating improved methods of treatment and rehabilitation.
The Center's research program is guided by a Core Concept, a framework of schizophrenia based on vulnerability-stress-protective factors model. Within this framework, predispositional vulnerabilities, environmental stressors, and personal and environmental protective factors interact to influence the onset and course of the disorder.
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