ACE funds research to deepen our understanding of autism, to improve diagnosis and to ensure support for autistic people is safe and effective.

Building on 25 years of world-class research from the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge, ACE research is led by experts across a range of disciplines including genetics, neuroscience, molecular biology, endocrinology, psychology, education, clinical services, mental health, vulnerability and social policy.

What research does ACE fund?

ACE funds excellent research from Cambridge University and its collaborators in other leading universities and research institutions worldwide. This research includes:

  1. Basic autism research into the causes of autism and co-occurring physical and mental health conditions and disabilities
  2. Applied autism research such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs), to explore the most promising clinical, educational and employment practices
  3. Translational research with partner organisations and service providers to scale up excellent support

Research that autistic people find valuable

For every research project that ACE undertakes, autistic people and their families are consulted to ensure it is relevant to their needs. Find out how the ACE Advisory board works. 

Excellent research

Research in these areas is carried out by the prestigious Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge and their collaborators in other leading academic institutions to turn world class science into support for autistic people.

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Areas of research


ACE has funded research into:



Screening and Diagnosis 

Perception and Cognition 



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New Music Therapy and Autism Randomised Control Trial

ACE has recently funded a £1m randomised control trial of music therapy for autistic children, to see whether it is an effective way to support them in their journey to adulthood. 

About Us

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) is a science-led campaigning charity working closely with Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. Our aim is to improve access to high quality support and remove barriers and stigma for autistic people.

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