The ARC is situated within the School of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Cambridge.
It brings together scientists working on autism from around the University of Cambridge. It also has major collaborations with other universities, and works closely with clinical and voluntary sector services.
The ARC has approximately 30 research scientists and support staff, drawn from a range of disciplines (cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, paediatrics, neonatology, genetics, and biochemistry).
It utilises 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), amniocentesis, and gaze-tracking.
The ARC is partnered with the National Autistic Society (the UK's leading charity for autism) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust.
The ARC receives major funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Three Guineas Trust and the Baily Thomas Trust, among other sponsors.
The Patrons of the ARC are novelist Nick Hornby, musician Jools Holland, actor Daniel Radcliffe, the geneticist James Watson, theatre and film director Stephen Poliakoff, and novelist Philip Pullman.
The ARC was founded in 1999 and celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Royal Society.