Autism Research Centre (ARC), University of Cambridge

Autism Research Centre (ARC), University of Cambridge

The mission of the ARC is to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention. The ARC fosters collaboration between scientists in Cambridge University and outside, to accelerate this mission.

Address: Douglas House, 18b Trumpington Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 8AH
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Cambridge University Department

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.


Event investigates 'Autism and the Rubik’s Cube: creating order from chaos'

Last week the Cambridge Union welcomed the Autism Research Trust in a joint event entitled ‘Autism and the Rubik’s Cube; Creating Order from Chaos’. Over an hour, the Union chamber played host to some spectacular and moving talent, demonstrating the key links between music, the Rubik’s Cube and autism due to the key balance between repetition and variety.

24 June 2014Read in full

Autism and the Rubik’s Cube: creating order from chaos

Autism and the Rubik’s Cube: creating order from chaos

The Autism Research Trust is hosting a unique discussion on Wednesday 18th June at the Cambridge Union Chamber at Cambridge University to explore how the Rubik’s Cube connects with the fields of mathematics, art and design, music, and autism.

5 June 2014Read in full