The German Research Network on Schizophrenia is in the meantime one of 14 competence networks in the field of medicine. It is supported by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education, which aims to bring together the leading research institutes (horizontal network) and qualified routine care facilities (vertical network) to provide better care for patients affected by a disorder with high rates of morbidity and / or mortality.
Approximately 1% of the population worldwide will develop Schizophrenia at at least one point in their lives. Despite modern treatment techniques, the disorder still presents a considerable burden to the sufferers and their relatives. Around two thirds of cases take a chronic form. 10 to 15% of suffers commit suicide. Schizophrenia is the most expensive psychological disorder, with direct and indirect treatment costing a total of approximately EUR 3.5 billion.
The early recognition and treatment of the illness, as well as exhausting available treatment options, helps to reduce the debilitating duration of illness. As a result, the Competence network Schizophrenia has the following aims:
The Research Network was initiated by the Departments of Psychiatry at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf and the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. The application to form the CN took place in 1998 in cooperation with other research institutions, in particular, Bonn, Cologne, Heidelberg-Mannheim, Tübingen and Freiburg.