Vulnerability in Autism: The Policy Guidelines Study

This study will translate the findings from the two previous vulnerability studies (Vulnerability in Mental Health and Vulnerability in schools: The National Pupil Database Study) into practice by writing policy guidelines for the UK Government’s relevant departments. Read more

Pilot neuroimaging study of savants

Several psychological theories have attempted to explain why autistic individuals are predisposed to talent, but few studies have used neuroimaging to investigate common brain features that may underlie the exceptional cognitive capabilities characteristic of people with savant skills. This pilot study represents the first step in disentangling what the neuroanatomical and functional similarities and differences are. Read more

Genome-wide association meta-anaylsis of autistic traits

1000 genes and many genetic variants may cause autism, yet so far less than 100 genes and 5 common genetic variants have been linked to autism. By conducting a genome-wide association meta-anaylsis of autistic traits in the general population we hope to accelerate this genetic variant discovery to further our understanding of autism, and help improve diagnosis Read more

Vulnerability in schools: The National Pupil Database Study

Researchers will use the National Pupil Database (NPD) and linked social care databases to examine vulnerability of children with recorded autism special educational needs (SEN) in comparison to children with other SEN and no SEN Read more

Autism and the Criminal Justice System

Tackling a sensitive but incredibly important topic, this research will look to inform us about possible reasonable adjustments that could be made in order that lawyers, judges and the court system conduct fair trials when autistic individuals are involved. Read more

Association of cancer and autism in a UK population

In the first study of its kind in the UK, the Clinical Practice Research Database will be used to specifically investigate the association between cancer and autism in a UK population. Read more

Hormones and Biomarkers in Pregnancy

This project comprises of three smaller studies looking at the levels of hormones alongside cognitive testing, physical measurements and scans, to understand what causes variation in autistic traits in the general population and why autism is more common in boys. Read more

Oxytocin Project

The use of oxytocin as an aid to help autistic people in social situations is not fully tested. This study will inform any decision as to whether it should be made widely available to autistic adults. Read more

Investigating the role of NRXN1 in autism

This project looks to fill the gaps in our knowledge about the role of the Neurexin 1 gene in autism using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology. Read more

Testing Hormone levels

This project will test if specific sex steroid hormones are associated with autistic spectrum conditions, which will help our understanding of the causes of autism and may lead to ways to earlier diagnose autism in children. Read more

The Israeli Ultrasound and Amniocentesis Study

We're looking to develop a antenatal test for autism that would enable early detection, early monitoring and early intervention. Read more

Cambridge Autism Learning

We are excited to fund the development of an online course to help parents and carers help autistic children to learn to speak. Read more

CUHK Fellowship in Autism Neuroscience

This study will look at effects of hormones on autism-associated genes, and enable the discovery of novel genes that might play a greater role to contribute to the phenotype of the condition. Read more

Vulnerabilty and Mental Health

The research aims to get a broad but detailed representation of types of vulnerability experienced by autistic children and adults, and documate those that may be risk factors for developing anxiety and depression. Read more

Learning and Uncertainty

This project is developing an understanding of how autistic people process unpredictability and will have benefits in both clinical and educational settings. Read more

Induced pluripotent stem cell derived cortical neurons in autism

Using a highly experimental area of science - Induced pluripotent stem cells grown into cortical neurons - we'll learn about the mechanisms of atypical neuronal wiring and the pathophysiology of autism. Read more

Early Brain Development Study

Our researchers are scanning autistic women who are pregnant, to understand why that child has an increased chance of developing autism compared to a child of a parent without autism. Read more

Autism Gene Sequencing Study

Although we know there are genetic factors in autism, nature of the condition has made it challenging to identify the exact genes associated with autism. This project will look further at some genes through 'deep sequencing'. Read more

Supporting the Cambridge Autism Research Database

The Cambridge Autism Research Database contains behavioural and cognitive data from more than 25,000 people worldwide, enabling researchers at the ARC, and other institutions, to recruit volunteers. Read more

INSAR Conference

The Autism Research Trust is pleased to provide annual travel grants to researchers at the ARC to attend the most important annual autism conference organised by the International Society for Autism Research. Read more