The CURESZ Foundation
(Comprehensive Understanding via Research and Education into Schizophrenia)
The CURESZ Foundation provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia. This includes information about the medication clozapine for cases of treatment resistance. It also includes long-acting injectable medications (LAIs) which are convenient for persons with schizophrenia and effective at preventing relapse.
The CURESZ Foundation has assembled a Clozapine in Schizophrenia Expert Panel (CLOSZE). Persons with schizophrenia who are interested in trying clozapine can log on to our website and find the clinician on the Panel who lives closest to them, for another opinion.
The CURESZ Foundation has also created a Tardive Dyskinesia Expert Panel. Persons with schizophrenia who are experiencing tardive dyskinesia can use the Panel to find a clinician who lives closest, and obtain a second opinion about one of the FDA-approved tardive dyskinesia medications, which both came to market in 2017.
CURESZ features stories of schizophrenia survivors who are not just recovered, but thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia. Our Survivors are here. Through our Survivor’s stories, we demonstrate that full recovery from schizophrenia is possible today.
The CURESZ Foundation also seeks to correct many misconceptions about schizophrenia, and to find practical and creative ways to eliminate the stigma attached to it. CURESZ educates students, mental health professionals, patients, families, and the general public through various media platforms.
CURESZ is particularly interested in educating teenagers and college-age young adults about the early warning signs of schizophrenia, which often do not start until adolescence or the early 20’s. We reassure students that serious mental illness is a medical disorder like hypertension or diabetes and that there should be no reluctance in taking a medication for any illness, including schizophrenia.
The CURESZ Board of Trustees includes well-known psychiatrists, lawyers, parents of mentally ill persons, and other professionals from around the country. Bethany Yeiser serves as President of the CURESZ Foundation, and Dr. Nasrallah as Executive Vice President and Scientific Director. The Foundation Officers also include a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The CURESZ Foundation seeks contributions to conduct and fund educational and research projects that study risk factors for schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders such as bipolar disorder, and coping strategies for patients and their families. See more on our mission and vision.
The CURESZ logo is created from a silver ribbon (the color associated with schizophrenia) which makes up the left part of the “C.” Schizophrenia is abbreviated as “SZ,” and the green color, the official color for mental health. The shooting star symbolizes the encouragement associated with overcoming schizophrenia via prevention, treatment, and eventually a cure, but this “star” also has a deliberate resemblance to a neuron with its axon, symbolizing schizophrenia as a neurobiological condition.
The CURESZ Foundation was founded jointly by Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah and Bethany Yeiser in July 2016. Bethany was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2007. Under the care of her psychiatrist, Dr. Nasrallah, it became apparent that she was “treatment resistant,” because of persistent auditory hallucinations. Thanks to treatment with clozapine, Bethany’s symptoms disappeared completely, and she returned to her former self, allowing her to reengage in relationships, study, play the violin, and enjoy life with family and friends.
After her full recovery from psychosis, Bethany transferred to the University of Cincinnati, completed her required courses with nearly straight A’s, and received her molecular biology degree magna cum laude in 2011. In 2014, she published her memoir, Mind Estranged, which details her recovery after four years of homelessness and psychosis. Today, Bethany travels around the country sharing her journey of recovery, to inspire patients and families, and to help clinicians and other mental health professionals better understand the experience of schizophrenia symptoms and recovery, and how their patients can recover and return to their baseline.
Through her partnership with Dr. Nasrallah and the CURESZ Foundation, she hopes to offer persons with schizophrenia, their families, clinicians and the general public needed information about schizophrenia.
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