Schizophrenia and Autoimmunity

There is some research that suggests schizophrenia is an autoimmune disorder like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s or rheumatoid arthritis where the immune system misfires and attacks the body. Jo Knight has worked with Dr Jennie Pouget from the University of Toronto to show that the genetic architecture of the traits is quite different. They are currently undertaking further work to establish if the risk loci for a variety of autoimmune disorders overlap with those for schizophrenia.