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The Oxford Autism Research Centre brings together scientists, charities and service providers from across Oxfordshire and the surrounding regions.

Oxford Autism Research is a collection of research teams, charities and service providers based in and around Oxfordshire. We are interested in the causes and consequences of autism spectrum condition, and together we work to promote understanding of the condition and to provide support for individuals with autism and their families. Click below to learn more about who we are, what we offer and the cutting edge research that is being carried out here. 

A new online global community is also now available called Global Research in Autism and Neurodevelopment (GRAND) which can be accessed here. This site aims to enable people working on autism and neurodevelopmental disorders around the globe to share knowledge, tools and resources, raise awareness and develop innovative strategies and interventions.

Research in Autism

Dr Steven Chance

Our studies of disease examine the neuroanatomy of Autism, Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia using post-mortem human brain material. We are interested in the relationship between brain structure and function - particularly language and social cognition.

Professor Angela Vincent

Maternal immunity in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism

Professor Margaret Esiri

Brain Bank for Autism

Professor Dorothy Bishop

Neurodevelopmental disorders, especially those affecting language and communication

Professor Kia Nobre

Director of the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity

Service Providers for Autism


Passionate about spreading knowledge & understanding of the realities of life on the autism spectrum

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire use understanding, expertise, and a lot of fun and care to support the development and wellbeing of children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and their families.

University of Oxford Disability Advisory Service (DAS)

The DAS offers specialist AS mentoring scheme and other study support services for AS students including an employment initiative with university careers service.

Lauren Spallone

Children, Challenging Behaviours, Self-Care Skills, Parent Training, ABA Supervision, Positive Behavioural Supports

Dr Sally Powis

I work with adults with ASD and LD at Southern Health (where I lead on autism for Oxon, Bucks and Wilts) and across the whole spectrum of ability at Kingwood trust.

News and meetings

Neuroscience Seminar

Dr. Josh Balsters will present a seminar on Tuesday 24th May from 1pm to 2pm in C113 Weiskrantz Room, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

Special Lecture

A special lecture took place on Wednesday 13th April, 2016.

Research Seminar

Seminars this term will take place on the 4th May and the 1st June 2016

Seminar Series - Thursday 13th March 2014

The most recent seminar 'Sleep and Autism' took place in the Department of Psychiatry at the Warneford site.

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