Fred Jarskog

Dr. Fred Jarskog is the Research Director of the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Jarskog’s research is focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia. He conducts clinical trials for patients with schizophrenia, testing drugs with novel mechanisms of action with a particular focus on treatments for cognitive impairment and for weight gain and metabolic deficits associated with antipsychotic drugs.  He also studies factors that help regulate neuronal viability, such as neurotrophins (e.g BDNF) and apoptotic regulatory proteins (e.g. Bcl-2), and how these may contribute to the neuropathology of schizophrenia.