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The Autism Research Trust raises funds to predominantly support research conducted at the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University.

The ARC is at the cutting edge of autism research. Under the leadership of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, the ARC aims to develop our understanding of the causes of autism and to evaluate interventions to ensure that people affected by autism receive the best possible support.

With your help we aim to fund cutting edge research that will influence understanding and services worldwide. The Autism Research Trust strongly believes that by investing in high quality research we can make a difference to the lives of those affected by autism, both now and into future generations.


  Enjoy this uplifting talk and understand more about what it’s like to live on the autism spectrum as an adult. As Daniel writes, “Dear Society, Thank you for your awareness, eagerly awaiting understanding and acceptance. Signed, Autism”.     The Autism Research Trust is funding research into mental health and into the challenges  faced […]

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  Our ability to recognise and understand people’s thoughts and feelings, known as ‘cognitive empathy’, is partly influenced by variations in our genome, a new study confirms. The study was funded by the Autism Research Trust and was carried out at by a team at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University, led by PhD […]

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  Your voice could help shape the future. The ARC research team are looking for 1,000 autistic adults and 1,000 parents of children with autism to complete an online survey to learn more about the experiences of individuals with autism and about the effects on mental health. Take part in the survey (30-40 minutes): Survey […]

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