The Utah Autism Research program conducts research into various possible causes of autism spectrum disorders. Some of our current projects include: a large genetic study utilizing the unique genetic resources available in Utah; studies of brain development as children with autism grow and develop; and studies of immune functioning in autism. This research is critical to our understanding of the causes and, ultimately, the successful treatments for autism spectrum disorders. In addition to our own work, our program is part of a network of over 50 universities in the U.S. and Europe called the Autism Genome Project. This network is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Autism Speaks Foundation, and was created to help facilitate collaborative studies.