Understanding the pathophysiology of schizophrenia: Contributions from the Melbourne Psychiatric Brain Bank

Brian Dean, David Copolov, Elizabeth Scarr

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    The Melbourne Psychiatric Brain Bank came into existence 25 years ago. This review focusses on lines of research that have used tissue from the Brain Bank over periods of time. Hence there is a discussion on the significance of changes in levels of serotonin 2A receptors in the cortex of patients with schizophrenia and the relevance of such changes with regards to the pathophysiology of the disorder. The extensive contribution made by studies using tissue from the Melbourne Psychiatric Brain Bank to understanding the role of muscarinic receptors in the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia is summarised. Finally, findings using brain bank tissue and “omics” technologies are reviewed. In each case, findings using tissue from the Melbourne Psychiatric Brain Bank is placed in context with research carried out on human postmortem CNS in schizophrenia and with findings in other lines of research that can help explain the causes or consequences of changes in CNS molecular cytoarchitecture. This timely review of data from the Melbourne Psychiatric Brain Bank reinforces the challenges faced in trying to increase our understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Continuing to increase our understanding of the disorder is important as a precursor to identifying new drug targets that can be exploited to improve the treatment of a disorder where treatment resistance remains a significant problem (Millan et al., 2016).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)108-114
    Number of pages7
    JournalSchizophrenia Research
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


    • Muscarinic receptors
    • Postmortem
    • Schizophrenia
    • Serotonin 2A receptors

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