The ARC brings together scientists from the University of Cambridge conducting research into the causes of and interventions for autism.
The ARC comprises approximately 30 research scientists and support staff, drawn from a range of disciplines (cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, paediatrics, neonatology, genetics, bioinformatics, endocrinology, clinical psychology and psychiatry, epidemiology, proteomics, and molecular biology).
We use state-of-the-art technology in these investigations, including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI and sMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), event-related potentials (ERPs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), whole genome sequencing, genome wide association studies, ultrasound scanning, amniocentesis, and gaze-tracking.
The ARC is partnered with many charitites such as the Autism Research Trust, the National Autistic Society and Autistica, many clinical providers such as the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust, companies (such as Auticon and Universal Music), and collaborates with many universities (such as King’s College London and the Institut Pasteur).
The ARC receives major funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Autism Research Trust, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Autistica, and the Rosetrees Trust, among many donors and sponsors.
The Patrons of the ARC include novelist Nick Hornby, musician Jools Holland, and theatre and film director Stephen Poliakoff.
The ARC was founded in 1998. It has published over 600 peer reviewed articles, many books, and resources for autistic people and their families, and for teachers and clinicians.
The ARC works closely with the Autism Research Trust, and together are building the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Cambridge, that will accelerate basic and applied autism research and translate this into evidence-based clinical practice (services) and increase employment opportunities for autistic adults.