Research participants needed for biomedical causes of autism

On behalf of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge, headed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.

The aim of the ARC is to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention.

We are currently interested in recruiting additional participants for our research database. Registration is completed online ( and those who choose to sign up will have access to many different studies both online and in person. This information is for any adults (over 16 years old) diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions or parents of children (under 16 years old) with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. A flyer is here: ARC Flyer Aug2016:

Some additional information –

Those who would like to register will be asked to provide some background information and can immediately take some questionnaires and psychological tests online. Participants can complete these at their leisure by logging in and out of their volunteer homepage with their chosen login details and will only need to complete them once.

We will also contact participants from time to time to tell them about new projects which might be of interest to them. The research projects carried out by the ARC are varied. Many of our research projects only involve filling in 5 minute questionnaires or doing tasks online. Some of our studies may involve being assessed by one of our team (such as brain scanning studies) or taking part in genetic studies.

All of our studies, whether psychological or biological, are carefully designed to protect participants’ confidential information and are governed by the University of Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee, which approves all of our work.

We would really appreciate your support and help to advance autism research. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With many thanks and best wishes,
Paula Smith
Database Manager

On behalf of

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Cambridge