Dr Vibeke Catts is a postdoctoral Research Officer in the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory. Her doctoral work focused on the role of cell death and cell proliferation in mental disorders. Her publications include a review and meta-analysis of lower cancer incidence rates in schizophrenia testing the biological mechanism of this observation guides her laboratory work focus. This includes a current study exploring the potential role of a cell death pathway in the atrophy of neurons of patients with schizophrenia, funded by a Stanley Foundation Research Award. The key goal of her work is to make a contribution to the understanding of serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, by application of her skills as a molecular biologist. Dr Catts's dedication to the field of schizophrenia research arises from her desire to see people living with a mental disorder, often socially marginalized because of or by their disease, survive and thrive to a similar extent as those individuals with physical disorders who currently benefit from decades of research. Outside of the laboratory, Dr Catts was a co-editor of the first editions of HeadLines, the newsletter for the Schizophrenia Research Institute. She is currently Treasurer of the Queensland Schizophrenia Research Foundation. She has over a dozen articles and has presented her work nationally and internationally.
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