Schizophrenia is one of the most serious mental disorders and causes the greatest degree of disability, economic cost and individual and family suffering. This illness affects 21 million people in the world and, specifically, in Spain, the data indicate that approximately 400,000 Spaniards suffer from it. Life expectancy in people with schizophrenia is reduced by almost 20 years due to an increase in physical health problems and a higher suicide rate. Schizophrenia usually begins in late adolescence or early adulthood, a very critical period in a young adult's social and professional development.

The main objective of the Schizophrenia Programme is the multidisciplinary study of this disease, trying to integrate research ranging from animal models to psychosocial interventions. All of this is aimed at reducing the gap between research and clinical practice.

The Schizophrenia programme is the one in which the largest number of groups are involved (11). This programme has an extensive clinical, genetic and neuroimaging database. Important collaborative projects have been developed around this programme (non-commercial clinical trials, evolution of first episodes, genetics).

Lines of research

  • Study of follow-up and predictive variables in first psychotic episodes.
  • Study of neurobiological markers (genetic, immunological and neuroimaging) of the different symptomatological phenotypes of schizophrenia.
  • Study of the predictive variables of response (neuroimaging, neuro-immunology, neurophysiology) to the different pharmacological treatments.
  • To investigate the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatments in combination with the usual pharmacological treatments for schizophrenia.
  • Study of the repercussions of schizophrenia on the state of health, psychosocial adjustment, quality of life, levels of disability of the individual and on the patterns of service use by these patients and their influence on comorbidity.


Main ResearcherConsortium InstitutionRegionsDetails
Celso Arango López Hospital Gregorio Marañón Madrid View group
Inmaculada Baeza Pertegaz  Hospital Clinico y Provincial de Barcelona Cataluña View group
Julio Bobes García Universidad de Oviedo. Facultad de Medicina Asturias View group
Benedicto Crespo Facorro Fundación Pública Andaluza para la Gestión de la Investigación en Salud de Sevilla Andalucía View group
Lourdes Fañanás Saura Univ. de Barcelona. Facultad de Biología Cataluña View group
Ana González-Pinto Arrillaga Hospital Universitario de Álava País Vasco View group
Josep Maria Haro Abad Fundación Sant Joan de Deu Cataluña View group
Edith Pomarol Clotet Hospital Hermanas Hospitalarias Benito Menni Cataluña View group
José Javier Meana Martínez Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU País Vasco View group
Ángela Ibáñez Cuadrado Hospital Ramón y Cajal Madrid View group
Juan Salvador Nácher Roselló Universidad de Valencia C. Valenciana View group