Understanding of autism has developed a great deal over recent years, but there is still a huge amount of work to be done. We cannot leave the responsibility for this research to future generations – we have a responsibility to play our part now. Research is vital not just to understand the causes and effects of autism, but also to evaluate treatments and interventions to ensure sure that people affected by autism receive the best possible support.

The Autism Research Trust endeavours to ensure the shortest lines of funding between the donor and the research project. We are an infrastructure-light charity that aspires to act as a conduit to funding the high-quality research of the Cambridge University Autism Research Centre.

Our mission is to fund projects at the Autism Research Centre that will help to identify who will develop autism as early as possible,and evaluate specific interventions and support, to aid people with autism through the rest of their lives. Research is focussed on the three streams of prenatal biomarkers, neonatal and early diagnosis and intervention.

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