Genetics and Omics
Lots of genetic variants have been associated with autism, but these are found in a small proportion of autistic people. This study uses a variety of techniques to help identify the genetic causes of autism.
Mutation in NRXN1 is one of about 100 high confidence rare genetic variants that has been associated with autism, although it can cause a diverse range of conditions - or none at all. This study looks to understand this gene's actions.
Synaesthesia appears more common in autistic people. We are working with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands to identify and characterise genes that may make people more susceptible to developing synaesthesia.